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Paul’s Salutation

Paul’s Salutation

Excerpt
Paul1 began his letter by identifying himself in three different ways.2 First, he was a “servant of Christ Jesus.” He belonged without reserve to the one who confronted him on the Damascus road. Although cultured Greeks would never refer to themselves in such a demeaning fashion, the Old Testament designation “servant of the Lordwas a title of honor given to Moses and other prominent leaders (Josh 14:7;24:29). Then Paul said that he was “called to be an apostle.” God initiated the process. Paul did not choose the role for himself. And even before he was called, he had been “set apart”3 to serve the interests of the gospel of God.4 All three statements reflect the minor role the apostle played. Not for a moment did he elevate himself above his assigned position as a servant of God, set apart and called to serve the interests of the proclamation of the gospel. More
Mounce, Robert H. Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995. Print. The New American Commentary.
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