πŸ‘‘ Paul’s Three I Am’s

Three times in Romans 1:14-16, the Apostle Paul uses the phraseΒ β€œI am”, and each one carries an important message for every true believer in Christ.

First, he says in verse 14:Β β€œI am debtor” — debtor to all men, to tell them about the saving work of Christ. But why wasΒ heΒ indebted to people he had never even seen? For several reasons:

First, he had in his hand what they needed to be saved from the penalty and power of sin. If I see a man drowning and I have a life buoy in my hand but do not throw it to him, am I not a murderer if he goes down for the last time? Likewise, if I see millions of lost souls about me and, knowing the message of salvation, do not tell them, am I not guilty if they die without Christ?

Further, Paul felt himself a debtor to others, because the Christ who had died for his sins had also died for the sins of others. As he says in II CorinthiansΒ 5:14,15:Β β€œChrist died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again.”

The Christ who had died for Paul’s sins, hadΒ commissionedΒ him to tell others of His saving grace. Thus he says in I CorinthiansΒ 9:16,17:

β€œWoe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For…a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me” (I Cor.Β 9:16,17).

Paul could say further what every true believer should be able to say: Not β€œI am debtor,Β butβ€œ, but rather, β€œI am debtor…SO, as much as in me is, I AM READY…” (Rom.Β 1:15). He was ready to discharge his debt because he had that with which to discharge it β€” the wonderful β€œgospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). And he did indeed make this the message known to others with all that was in him.

And now the third β€œI am”: β€œI am debtor…So I am ready… For I AM NOT ASHAMED of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” (Rom.Β 1:16). Paul was always proud to own Christ as the mighty Saviour from sin. Do you know Christ as your Saviour? Do you tell others of His saving grace? source

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