As a citizen of Rome and a high-ranking Jew instructed by a prestigious teacher, Paul was an extremely accomplished individual. However, in Scripture he gladly chooses to refer to himself by the Greek word Dulos — a bond-slave, not to man but to His Savior.
Not ashamed of his servant title, Paul boldly proclaimed himself separated unto the gospel of God by penning one of the greatest books found in Scripture, Romans.
In this letter to the Christians in Rome, Paul deals with everything from sin, guilt, and justification by faith, to the way we should live in light of our salvation.
Primarily a book of doctrine, Romans’ theme is righteousness needed, righteousness provided, and righteousness practiced. The key verse, Romans 1:16, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…, reminds us that we, too, have the glad title of “slave” and should bear it with honor. We have a message of hope to share with the world, a message of which we should never be ashamed.
It is our duty and privilege to serve the Master until He comes again. May we each be glad servants grateful to be saved by grace.
Article by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.