One of the things I love most about studying the Bible is finding great application in verses we often overlook. For example, when reading Paul’s introduction in Romans 1:1, it’s easy to skim over and hurry along to the “real” meat. However, when we take time to stop and evaluate his words, we can learn a lot.
Remember, this is coming from Paul. Before he encountered the Lord, Paul was known as Saul, a man who hated and persecuted Christians. However, in a life-changing moment, God turned Saul’s world upside down. After being filled with the Holy Spirit, he was no longer referenced as Saul, only Paul.
His old self, everything he ever knew, identified with, and related to was gone. That is what happens when we allow God to change our lives. The old is gone. We are no longer who we once were. There is a new creation. With that comes a new identity. Check out how Paul described his identity in Romans 1:1. If you were to introduce yourself based on the five descriptions in this verse, what would your identity be?