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Scripture Reading: Romans 1:14-17

Paul's "I Am's"

(Romans 1:14-17)



1.   The persistent endurance and unwavering determina­tion of the apostle Paul inspire us, Phil. 3:12-14; 2 Cor. 12:10.

2.  His faith enabled him to endure and press forward

3.  3 great “I am’s” in Rom. 1:14-16.


I.  I AM A DEBTOR, Rom. 1:14.

 (Very few of us do not owe some form of debt. Familiar with it. There are also debts of a spiritual nature we are obligated to pay.)

  A.  To Preach the Gospel to All Men, 1 Cor. 9:16.

    1.  Like Jeremiah, Paul could not keep from preaching (Jer. 20:7-9):

      a.  Fear of God convinced him, 2 Cor. 5:11.

      b.  Christ’s love compelled him, 2 Cor. 5:13-14.

      c.  God's grace called him, Gal. 1:15-16.

    2.  Paul owed it to Christ and to mankind to preach the gospel.

  B.  Paul was Indebted to: (cf. Ourselves)

    1.  Christ: Because of His grace and salvation and apostleship.

      a.  Debt of sin forgiven, Matt. 18:23-24, 27, 32.

      b.  Debt which we could never be “paid in full.”

      c.  Owe it to Christ to put the flesh to death and to live after the Spirit, Rom. 8:12-13.

    2.  The lost: To save some (1 Cor. 9:22).

    3.  To Christians: Rom. 15:27 -- Gal. 6:2.


   - The debt of love, Rom. 13:8-10.


II.  I AM READY, Rom. 1:15 (“Predisposed,” Vine; Willing, eager) - Not “waiting.”

  A.  To Preach the Gospel, 2 Cor. 12:14-15.

  B.  Willingness to Serve Christ, Matt. 26:40-41.

      -Service accepted in propor­tion to ability; Readiness must be there.

  C.  Readiness is Shown in Doing, 2 Cor. 8:11.

    1.  “Walk the walk” not just “talk the talk.” (1 Jno. 1:9)

    2.  How are we fairing in our readiness to:

-Worship regularly? Give purposefully? Study diligently? Teach faithfully? Stand for truth unwaveringly? Support truth enthusiastically?


III.  I AM NOT ASHAMED, Rom. 1:16; Mk. 8:38.

     (“Feeling of fear or shame which prevents a person from doing a thing...; the feel­ing of shame arising from something that has been done,” Vine, I:77).

  A.  Not Embarrassed of the Gospel.

    1.  Many Jews were, 1 Cor. 1:23, 26 (2:1-5).

    2.  What of us? 2 Tim. 1:8; 1 Pet. 4:16

    3.  Its exclusiveness? Its holiness? Its call to distinction?

  B.  Not Disappointed in the Gospel.

    1.  Never: “Look what I could be doing” / “What I have to miss out on” because I’m a Christian.

    2.  Those who “missed out” on many things–Obtained something far better.  [Eternal perspective of faith] Heb.10:32-34

    3.  Don’t be disappointed in choosing Christ – God is trustworthy and powerful to eternally reward you, 2 Tim. 1:12.

  C.  Our Lives Must Reflect Respect/Honor for Christ and the Gospel.

    1.  Through diligent use of word, 2 Tim. 2:15.

    2.  “Glorify God” through holy, devoted, consecrated lives, 1 Pet. 4:15-16.



1.   Paul knew his responsibilities and he was dedicated to them. This helped him perse­vere and do marvelous things for Christ.

2.  What are you?  We are debtors / We must be ready / We must not be ashamed.



By: Joe R. Price

Posted: August 30, 2018