Your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world
Text: Romans 1:8
A GOOD DISCIPLE OF THE RISEN SAVIOUR
Paul was a good and faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Though it was not his privilege to have been one of the original disciples of Jesus, nevertheless, through special revelation and instruction, he proved himself to be a very good disciple.
In writing this wonderful word of commendation to the believers in Rome, we are reminded of how Jesus Himself commended those who possessed great faith (Cf. Luke 7:9).
COMMENDATION WHERE IT IS DUE
Paul was happy and impressed with the faith of the believers in Rome. He wrote freely from his heart,
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all,
that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”
1. Thanking God
This is right and appropriate! How should we appreciate Paul’s sentiments here?
a) Consciousness of God’s blessing
Ultimately, the growth of faith must be traced to the Lord and His gracious blessing.
b) Commencement and Continuation of faith
God’s hand must be appreciated for both the beginning and the development of faith.
2. Through Jesus Christ
The role of the Lord Jesus must also be acknowledged.
a) He has always worked closely with His Father (Cf. John 5:17)
b) The work of generating faith and growing it must also be seen as the work of Christ.
3. Wherein is the commendation?
a) The human part
The Roman believers must have shown a wonderful sense of dedication to cultivate their faith.
b) Impact of faith
The faith of the believers in Rome was so significant that they touched “the world”. This outstanding faith needed to be commended!