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Romans by the Book
It’s good to have you all back for this study on the book of Romans.
I trust you are finding this Bible study useful and practical; and by practical I mean to say appropriate, sensible, and concerned with actual facts; and not theory.
I’ve told my classes on many occasions, “I won’t teach opinion.”
Please know this. If I offer an opinion, I will preface my statement with that remark.
That doesn’t mean I believe it, it’s just an opinion.
Please open your Bibles to Romans chapter one; we’ll begin at verse 5.
5: through whom (Who is this? The Lord Jesus Christ; risen from the dead; on this side of the Cross. Ascended; see Psalms 110:1) we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of (what) faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,
Paul is telling us that he has been “called” by the Lord Jesus Christ as the “steward” or the “manager” to preach the “divine mystery” revealed in Jesus Christ.
2: assuming that you have heard of the (what’s the next word) stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you (gentiles may be added without harming the text).
To better understand the meaning of “stewardship,” we start with the very first verse in our Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.
As the Creator God, God has absolute control and ownership over all things.
And to miss starting here would be like missing that top button on your shirt – none of the others will line up after that.
The Biblical doctrine of stewardship defines man’s relationship to God.
It identifies God as owner and man as manager.
God makes man His co-worker in administering all aspects of our life. The apostle Paul explains it best by saying, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:9).
Example: After the Creator God (Jehovah) gave life to Adam, He gave him “dominion” or rule over all the earth’s creatures and over all the earth. (Genesis 1:26).
After Adam sinned, he lost that “dominion;”and who picked it up?
Satan did. Satan is the god of this world today.
In the New Testament, two Greek words embody the meaning of the meaning of our English word “stewardship.” One of these is “oikonomos.”
It also means "steward, manager, or administrator" and occurs more frequently in the New Testament. Depending on the context, it is often translated “dispensation, stewardship, management, or administration.
Once we’re called and placed into the Body of Christ, the stewardship that is required of us is not a result of our own power or abilities. The strength, inspiration and growth in the management of our lives must come from God through the Holy Spirit in us.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). KJV
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