This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. 2 God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. 3 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, 4 and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 1:1-4, NLT
Hint: I find it helpful to read the verses in at least three translations or transliterations (written conceptually rather than a word-by-word translations). My usual mix is NLT, NIV, and The MESSAGE, but I refer to more if questions come up.
Chart of God’s Words to Me Today
|Paul||Jesus||God||Holy Spirit||Good News|
|writes letter to believers||Paul’s master||Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit||provided power to raise Jesus and conquer death||Jesus is promised Messiah|
|devoted slave/servant||He is the Good News||Chose Paul and gave him a mission||Resurrection power = Good News||He conquered death|
|chosen by God||Came to earth/fulfills prophecies||Made promises to humankind long ago||He is both God and man|
|apostle||human (David’s family line) and God’s son||speaks through prophets who wrote His words down for us||He is fulfillment of God’s promises to man|
|sent out to preach Good News||Christ Jesus is our Lord and Savior||Had a plan for our salvation|
God’s main message for me today through these verses:
God made a promise long ago (to me) that salvation is available through His Son Jesus Christ–such Good News! God’s son Jesus is my Lord and master.
Doodle Hint: I don’t always try to draw something that encompasses the whole message, but often one thing that stood out to me. Today, I thought about what kind of servant or slave God was asking Paul (and me) to be and what it would take to play that role for verse 1. For verses 2-4 I thought about spreading the Good News.