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Our Calling.

Our Calling.

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BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D.

Rom. 1 : 1-11.
BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D.

Rom. 1 : 1-11.

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OUR CALLING. BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D." Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, sep-arated unto the gospel of God, "(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) "Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; "And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: " By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedi-ence to the faith among all nations, for his name : "Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: "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. " First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
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" For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers ; " Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. " For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spirit-ual gift, to the end ye may be established." — Rom. 1 : 1-11. OMITTING the parts in parenthesis, I have selected the parts to make perfect sense. Here are two principal parts to the verse rendered : — (1) The call-ing of St. Paul and the calling of believers in Rome. 294 LOVE ABOUNDING. Notice the play on the word " called ": " Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, sep-arated unto the gospel of God, . . . among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ [v. 6] : to all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints." Put the " calling" of St. Paul and the call of believers
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side by side. (2) The other part is the conversion of these Roman believers, — the marvelous, world-wide no-toriety of these believers, — and Paul's earnest request to see them and impart the spiritual gift, that they might be established. The subject is : The establish-ing of believers in the principles of the spiritual life. First, their wonderful conversion. " I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world." What a wonderful conversion they must have had, that, before the days of post offices, telegraphy, newspapers, — in the clumsiness of those old ages, the notoriety of their conversion had gone out over the Romish Empire. Csesar had his couriers, who went out through all the Romish Empire, and they would carry letters to all parts of the kingdom, as far as Germany and to Mesopotamia, and into India and Arabia and to Algiers, and the whole Empire was reached by them ; and they not only bore dispatches, but they repeated matters of information, and, as it was in old stage-coach times, the whole neighborhood turned out , so they told the won-OUR CALLING. 295
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