Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated 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
obedience 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.
(Romans 1:1-7 KJV)
If the most important question we can ask is "What is God doing
today," then the most important statement is Rom. 1:1-7.  In this long
sentence Paul announces what God is doing today.  If you are looking
to find out what in the world God is doing today, this is the place to
start!

    The Most Important Sentence In The World

     Many have called the Letter to the Romans the most important document in Western
    civilization, and it opens with these verses.  Someone has said that the first step in an
    endeavor is the most important.  How well we start often determines how well we run the
    race and  whether or not we will finish it.  This principle holds true for God's Word as well.

         We need to begin in Romans as carefully as a runner leaves the starting blocks.  It is
    critically important to get this opening passage right if we are to run the rest of the race
    well.  A passage consisting of seven verses that form one long sentence, arguably
    THE MOST IMPORTANT SENTENCE IN THE WORLD.    

      Care must be taken because two false starts can be made here.  First, we can wrongly
    think of this passage as just an introduction or greeting, which do not  excite us very
    much. We tend to skim over things like introductions, prefaces and greetings, if not skip
    over them entirely.  They probably do not contain anything of interest or importance, we
    assume! If, we think of these beginning verses in Romans in this way, we will miss the
    main point Paul is trying to make. We will tend to focus all our attention on secondary
    subjects mentioned within it--like the incarnation, the resurrection, the convenants, the
    Deity of Christ and so on rather than on the primary subject at hand.  As important and
    valuable as these topics are, we must stay focused on the primary point Paul is trying to
    develop here.

           Second,  we can come to wrong conclusions in this passage by placing all our
    attention on the first half of the sentence to the neglect of the second.  Notice that Paul
    did not end the sentence at verse 4.  It goes on all the way down to verse 7; so should we.

    So, let's not let anything throw us off course as we begin the Book of Romans.  We are
    going to run the race well and reach the finish line.  Let Paul speak.  Read Romans in the
    context of Paul's other letters in light of the Bible as a whole.  When we do that, we will
    see that God is, in fact, announcing something wonderful and amazing here.  Something
    beyond anything you or I would have ever expected.  Something above our wildest
    imaginations.  By the time we finish developing this sentence, I think you too will see why it
    really is  THE MOST IMPORTANT SENTENCE IN THE WORLD!
God's Invitation To You
GOD'S  INVITATION  TO YOU
The Most Important Sentence In The
World
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GRACE IS ALL THAT GOD IS FREE TO DO FOR YOU AND ME BECAUSE OF WHAT
HIS SON DID ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY.
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