Musings, Romans

For the sake of His Name

Additional thoughts on Romans 1:5

through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations

Reflecting on the phrase, “for the sake of his name,” reminded me of two individuals.

One of my seminary professors (who also attend the same church I did) always ended his prayer by saying,

“for you sake, and for your reputation.”

That truly is the attitude we should posses in prayer. All my requests, all my intercession should be submitted to God–so that His name and His reputation are the most important.

The other individual is Daniel the prophet. Read Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9, after confessing the sin of the people he continues:

16 “O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. 17 Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” (ESV)

God’s reputation–the priority

God’s purpose–the focus

God’s glory–the goal

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

2 Comments on “For the sake of His Name

  1. Reflecting on the phrase “grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith…”

    “Grace” God’s grace is seen in His unmerited favor with guilty sinners. This is the books first reference to “grace” the most crucial part of the gospel message: salvation is a gift from God which is separate from any human effort or achievement (Rom. 3:24, 27; 4:1-6; 5:20, 21).

    “Apostleship” Althouth the term apostle refers to the Twelve in a unique way (Rom 1:1), in a broader sense it can refer to anyone who God has sent with the message of salvation (Rom. 16:7; Acts 14:14).

    “obedience of the faith” Someone who is truly saved will always produce obedience to the lordship of Jesus Christ (Rom. 16:19, 26; Matt. 7:13, 14, 22-27; James 2:17-20; Luke 6:46).

    Later on I will give a few brief thoughts on “for your own sake”

    In Christ

    Michael J. Derus

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