Disciples or Apostles?
Romans 1:5-9

Before we start, we need to understand the meaning of these two words. Disciple means a student or learner -- talking about a person that is listening to and learning from another person. Apostle means to be sent out. This is a person that has finished learning what they are supposed to do and is now sent out to do the work. Depending on where you are in your Christian growth, you could be either a disciple or an apostle or maybe both. (See Matthew 10:1-2)

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

To find out who Paul is talking about here, we need to look at Romans 1:3-4. Notice it says here that we received grace and apostleship from Jesus Christ because of our obedience.

Romans 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: Jesus also calls us to do what He tells us to do.

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul here in the second part of the verse is giving a greeting to the Christians in the Roman Church.

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Notice here that Paul is thanking God for them and the fact that their faith is known throughout the whole world. That is a good thing for anyone to be able to say about another person. That would be the same today if Ron Wilcoxson or Jim Sloan was to write a letter to us saying that they heard about our faith and thanked God because of our faith being known far from just Hutchinson, Kansas.

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing (stopping) I make mention (speak) of you always in my prayers;

Notice two things here: 1 -- Paul is serving God and 2 -- Paul is always praying for others.

We need to be following Paul's example here of understanding where we get our grace and call from, thanking God, serving God, and praying for others.

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