Book of Romans Overview
The book of Romans has 16 total chapters in the Life Application Study Bible, New International Version. If you don’t already know from the name Romans takes place in Rome. The purpose for Paul to write this letter was to give the Roman Christians a sample of his message before he made his journey to Rome. Paul’s letter to the Romans is both his best-known letter and is said to have had the greatest impact on Christianity to date. According to the text, Paul had written the letters around A.D. 57. (New International Version, 2005)
Paul’s primary theme in Romans is the basic gospel, God’s plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind; Jew and Gentile alike (see 1:16–17 and notes). Paul begins his message to the Romans with a powerful statement, “Romans boldly proclaims the righteousness of God. God did not divorce Israel or break His covenant. Rather, he found a way not only to save Israel, but to save the whole world as well (Schenck, 2010, p.431)!”
The overall message of Paul’s primary theme in Romans is spread throughout all of Romans. It starts with explaining the Sinfulness of humanity and that both the Jew and the Gentile fell into this category so the Jews at this point had not kept the Law as desired anymore than the Gentiles. Paul explains that this is not the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s solution to show his commitment to Israel and the world was by way of Jesus Christ. Jesus in his strong faith to God died on a cross as a sacrificial offering for sins. In my mind, this was a way to open eyes and stat with a clean slate. It opened the door to all being “saved”, all detailed in chapters 9-11. Then in chapters 12-15 the teachings of love, how important it is to be unified, and how all need to live at peace with one another. Paul’s letter of commendation in Romans 16 is the conclusion. The letter is addressed to the Roman Christians on behalf Phoebe, a woman of the era (Schenck, 2010). Questions
References: Life Application Study Bible (New International Version). (2005). Carol Streams, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Schenck, K. (2010). Jesus is Lord! An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd ed.). Marion, IN: Triangle Publishing.
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