With William Plumer in Romans, Day 8 – Evening

NAS – Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord…
KJV –  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:

“Christians seldom, perhaps never, lay too much stress on the fact and the doctrine of Christ’s resurrection, v. 4. I Cor. 15:14-18. Without it, Christ’s servants are of all men most miserable. Without it, they would all go sadly through life, like the two disciples, saying, “We trusted that it had been he, which should have redeemed Israel.” Luke 24:21. If Christ rose not, then his people will not rise, and so it is all over with them, and their pleasing anticipations. Christ’s resurrection is here introduced to establish his Sonship with God. It makes one sad to find [Moses] Stuart saying: “How could the resurrection declare, in any special manner, that Christ was the Son of God? Was not Lazarus raised from the dead? Were not others raised from the dead, by Christ, by the apostles, by Elijah, and by the bones of Elisha? And yet was their resurrection proof that they were the Sons of God?” The answer to these vain questions is obvious and simple, and has been given a thousand times. Slade: “Jesus having been put to death as a blasphemer for calling himself ‘Christ the Son of the blessed,’ God would not have raised him form the dead, if he had been an imposter: His resurrection therefore was a public testimony, borne by God himself, to the truth of our Lord’s pretensions.” The same is found almost verbatim in [James] Macknight. Nor is this all. So truly did the fulness of the Godhead dwell in him bodily that incontestably and gloriously the power of his own divinity, his own omnipotence, appeared not only during his life in raising the dead, in his own name, but after he was dead he raised his own body by the same irresistible energy according to his own predictions. If such great facts do not establish all claims set forth by the Savior, nothing can.”

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