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  • Louis Broussard
    Romans 1:1 "seperated onto the gosprl of God", what does this seperated mean?
  • Jesse - in Reply

    The word separated comes from the Greek word that means to be set apart. So Paul was set apart by God for God's purpose. That's what it means to be separated. Something else in Romans 1:1 is that Paul was not called "to be" an apostle. He was an apostle by calling. It literally reads a called apostle, not called to be an apostle, but a called apostle.

    It tells us what kind of apostle he is. He's called by God. He's not appointed by man. It's not even his own choosing or ambition. But he's an apostle of Jesus Christ by calling. God separated him for a purpose just like He does all believers. Not all believers are separated and set apart to be an apostle, but every believer is called. Every believer is somebody who has responded to the calling. It is not something that we decided to do. We responded to His call.

    We also have been separated. Every believer has a function in the body of Christ. We're not just saved by Jesus in order to go to heaven and have our sins forgiven, but we actually have a function. We participate in the body of Christ as we're transformed and changed, and as we serve our function in which Christ has separated us for.
  • T. Levis - in Reply
    Separated: Exodus 33:16, Leviticus 20:24, Numbers 6:2, Numbers 16:9, Deuteronomy 10:8, 1Chronicles 23:13, 1Chronicles 25:1, Galatians 1:15,

    Numbers 8:14, 1Kings 8:53, Jeremiah 1:5, Matthew 25:32-41, Luke 6:22, Acts 13:2, 2Corinthians 6:17, Hebrews 7:26, Matthew 22:1-14, 1Peter 2:9,

    Romans 9:21-24,

    Hopefully these are helpful
  • ROMANS 1:1 - in Reply
    Paul begins by identifying himself. First, he understands himself to be a servant of Jesus Christ. The Greek word used here for servant is doulos. A doulos in Greek culture was a "bondservant," someone who had sold himself into slavery to another person either for a specific amount of time or indefinitely. Paul considered himself to be owned by Christ.

    Paul next calls himself an apostle. The word apostle means "a person who is sent by another to represent him and his authority." In the New Testament, the apostles of Jesus Christ were considered to speak with the authority of Christ Himself. The 12 disciples of Jesus became known as His apostles. Paul became an apostle later when Christ revealed Himself to Paul and called him to fill that role ( Acts 9:15). Later, the other apostles of Jesus confirmed that was Paul's calling ( Galatians 2:7-9).

    So Paul begins his letter by making it clear to his readers that he is both servant and representative of Jesus Christ. What he tells them in this letter will carry the authority of Christ Himself.

    I hope this answers your question..Mishael

    Finally, Paul identifies the mission Christ has given to him. He understands himself to be "set apart" for the gospel-the "good news"-of God. This letter to the Roman Christians, in fact, is a thorough and carefully-constructed presentation of exactly what the gospel is and why it is so significant.

    Comment: this chapter is detailing Paul's process of being called to minister in Jesus's Name and with the Anointing. Luke 4:18

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