Daily Devotional Bible Verse
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, (Romans 1:1 ESV)
(This devotion is part three in the series: “How to Be Changed Like Paul.” Check out part two if you missed it.)
The Greek word for “set apart” is aphorizo. And while set apart is an apt translation, it falls a little short at expressing the radical nature of Paul’s meaning here.
The word literally means “to mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to separate” (source).
So Paul isn’t simply saying that he was ear marked for ministry—he was irrevocably transported to a new reality.