vv 3-4 The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.
Like Luke, whose evidence we read about yesterday, Paul had good reason to assert the historical foundations of the faith he preached. As a well-trained Jewish teacher, he was aware of the history and prophecies of the Old Testament. He saw how they pointed forward to the coming of the Messiah, and how Jesus fulfilled those prophecies. Having experienced an encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus he was also totally convinced of the truth of Jesus’ resurrection. The facts were all in place, but there is something more than historical data to take aboard. People can debate till the cows come home about the information, but the crucial thing is to realise that it is Good News! Paul was not a history teacher – he was a messenger announcing Good News about the forgiveness of sin and acceptance by God on the grounds of faith in Jesus. The history he knew and affirmed had implications for life in the present moment, just as it does today. The stories we read point to a God who loves us and sent His Son Jesus to redeem us from sin and lead us into a living relationship with our Father above.