Romans 1:3

Paul connects verse 1 with this verse with the word “gospel.” The gospel of God concerning his Son. The design of the gospel was to make a communication relative to His Son Jesus Christ. This is the whole of it. There is no “good news” to man respecting salvation except what comes by Jesus Christ. Paul states that Jesus was a descendant of David. David was perhaps the most illustrious of the kings of Israel. The promise to him was that there should not fail a man to sit on this throne. This ancient promise was understood as referring to the Messiah and in the New Testament He is called the descendant of David and the apostles went through much pain to show that He was of his line. As the Jews universally believed that the Messiah would be descended from David, it was of great importance for the New Testament writers to make it out clearly that Jesus of Nazareth was of that line and family.

Even though our Saviour was humble, poor, and obscure, He had what no small part of the world has been accustomed so much to pride themselves, an illustrious ancestry. To a Jew there could be scarcely any honor so high as to be descended from the best of their kings and it shows how little our Lord Jesus esteemed the honors of this world, that He could always show His deep humility in circumstances where people are usually proud and that when He spoke of the honors of this world and told how little they were worth, He was not denouncing what was not within His reach.

Paul finishes his statement, which was made of the seed of David, with, according to the flesh. Even though Jesus was a descendant of David in his human nature, or as a man. This implies, of course, that he had another nature besides his human, or that while he was a man he was also something else; that there was a nature in which he was not descended from David. In all the Bible it is never said of any prophet or apostle, any lawgiver or king, or any man in any capacity, that he came in the flesh, or that he was descended from certain ancestors according to the flesh. Nor is such an expression ever used anywhere else. If it were applied to a mere man, we should instantly ask in what other way could he come than in the flesh? Has He a higher nature? Is He an angel, or a seraph? The expression would be unmeaningful. And when it is applied to Jesus Christ, it implies, if language has any meaning, that there was a sense in which Jesus was not descended from David. What that was, appears in the next verse, which we will look at tomorrow.

Published by Bobby Robinson, Jr

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