The Epistle of Paul is the foundation and the most absolute book in the New Testament. Its historical impact is unequaled by any book possibly due to its international appeal. Although it is referred to as a book, Romans was actually an occasional letter. “Paul was a Roman citizen (Acts 22:28) and a strict Pharisee, a Hebrew of Hebrews (Acts 23:6); He studied under Gamaliel, one of the most famous Jewish rabbis at Jerusalem” (Towns & Gutierrez, 2012). Paul being educated and intellectual knew how to frame words and speak to his audience in a way that engaged them; causing them to embrace the message of Gods amazing grace.
We assume that Paul had not been in Rome until after the epistle had been written. This is why an introduction was probably formulated; in the first seven verses Paul describes his relationship to the gospel of Jesus Christ and in 8-15 he persisted in his relationship with the Romans to whom his epistle was written. Paul was the harbinger of the theme of Romans, the object of the Gospel was Jesus Christ; Gods revelation of His righteousness (Galatians 1:15). The gamut of Paul’s message was universal. The epistle was written to the believers in Rome (Romans 1:13) and to the saints; this was not a one way street for Paul would also be blessed.
The theme of Paul’s Epistle is twofold (Towns & Gutierrez, 2012):
1. The Gospel is the Power of God that leads to Salvation (Romans 1:16).
As Christians it is our responsibility to live our lives in accordance with God’s will. Sharing the good news of God’s kingdom is imperative not only for our salvation, but that of many. If we don’t hear the gospel, we do not have an opportunity to embrace it. Additionally we cannot distort the message otherwise we diminish the righteousness of God; by proclaiming the truth, even if it is rejected, God is glorified.
2. The Righteousness of God by Faith is Revealed in the Gospel (Romans 1:17).
We all are sinners under the censure of God. Jehovah’s purpose is to substantiate His righteousness not only to humans, but to the angelic hosts as well (Ephesians 3:8, 9). Even when we declare God’s Word and it falls on deaf ears; God’s righteous has been proclaimed due to faith associated with actions (James 2: 14–20).
Romans chapters one through eight can be summarized in three categories (Towns & Gutierrez, 2012):
1. Condemnation (Romans 1:18 – 3:20).
2. Justification (Romans 3:21 – 5:21).
3. Sanctification (Romans 6:1 -8:39).
The Epistle of Romans not only challenges our hearts and our minds, but more so our souls. Paul effectively accentuates as humans our propensity to sin; there is darkness in the hearts of humans and there is an old saying, the heart of a man is stonier. Satan is here and working more diligently than ever during these End Days, so we must be ever vigilant (1 Peter 5:8).
Jehovah is the ultimate Judge and He alone is justified regarding the condemnation of the human race. Many...