One of the major books of the Bible a Christian should read is – Romans.
Absolutely, Romans. It analyzes the Gospel, and then several other major doctrines such as discipleship, in detail.
So, we start. Hopefully, you’ve downloaded Wordsearch basic, and all the free books (over two hundred of them). Because we’re going to use quite a few.
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, Romans 1:1 (KJV)
Analyzed this yet? What’s there to learn here?
WHat’s the difference between “Servant” and “apostle”? What’s the meanings of the words?
I’ve found that most Christians have absolutely NO concept of the meaning of the word “Apostle”, which is why there are some pastors today (mostly in the Word-Faith movement) who dare to call themselves Apostle. My question to them is this… and they can’t scroll down and peek…
“What is the definition of the word ‘Apostle’? What does it mean? What does it describe? Is it an adverb, pronoun, noun, or verb?”
I’m going to tell you that anyone who calls themselves that today views it as a rank or title.
They started as Pastor. Then Bishop. Then, unable to rest at that title (not knowing it literally means the same thing as Pastor)… they strive for “I am an Apostle! That is over Bishops, and Bishops are over pastor!!!!”
What does Apostle mean?
The Hebrew word is sh’liach. When one is sent, the word then takes a plural tense – sh’luchim.
So, who then sends a sent one?
If I am sent unto all nations to preach the Gospel to every creature, am I a sh’luchim?
Nope. It takes the one sending to designate the sent. It has to be done face to face.
The last disciple to meet with Jesus face to face and be sent was…
So “Apostle Lord Henry Smith” is making a fool of himself to Jewish believers in Jesus, who laugh at the title.
So, what then is a servant?
A servant (δοῦλος)
Lit., bond-servant or slave. Paul applies the term to himself, Galatians 1:10; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1; and frequently to express the relation of believers to Christ. The word involves the ideas of belonging to a master, and of service as a slave. The former is emphasized in Paul’s use of the term, since Christian service, in his view, has no element of servility, but is the expression of love and of free choice. From this stand-point the idea of service coheres with those of freedom and of sonship. Compare 1 Corinthians 7:22; Galatians 4:7; Ephesians 6:6; Philemon 16.
On the other hand, believers belong to Christ by purchase (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18; Ephesians 1:7), and own Him as absolute Master.
Marvin R. Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, (New York: Scribners, 1887), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “The Epistle to the Romans”.
I can just imagine the average Southern Baptist pastor today reading that and saying…. “Duuuude!”
See? You just can’t take for granted you know the meaning of words in the King James Bible! And you just can’t bypass those intro verses in your Bible!
When studying your Bible (not the reading, but the study part…) slow down!