The Bible–Romans

ROMANS

The apostle Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans somewhere around A.D. 58-60. It was certainly written before he made his journey to Rome in Acts 27.

The book contains 16 chapters, 433 verses, and 9,422 words.

Romans teaches that a sinner is saved by grace through faith plus nothing. Galatians teaches a man is kept saved by grace through faith plus nothing.

Romans reveals the New Testament doctrine of salvation, redemption, sanctification, justification, predestination, adoption, regeneration and glorification.

Verses like 1:17 and 5:1, got Martin Luther out of the monastery and into the body of Christ, and were the start of the Protestant movement.

One of the more important things about Romans is that Paul was the apostle to the Romans; Peter never was there. The epistle to the Romans greets  “all that be in Rome….called to be saints”. Those saints are listed in chapter 16. You’ll notice that Peter is noticeably not on the list. Paul went to preach the gospel to the Romans.

In an over view of the book, I want to touch on a few chapters. This is by no means conclusive.

Chapter one addresses the sexual perversion that was prominent then and today for that matter. This addresses both heterosexual and homosexual sins (1:24-27).

In spite of this, there are 3 verses that identify modern apostates. They are:

18, For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen

27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

Chapter 6 embraces the salvation issues. It provides that assurance but it also places a certain amount of responsibility on the believer after salvation as to his/her conduct.

6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may bound?

2: God forbid.

15: What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

The later chapter look at the spirituality of the believer. The battles and trials he/she faces as a Christian trying to walk for God. Paul even gives a good description of his trials. He states the two natures that we all have.

8:19 For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Chapter 10 gives us the verses that addressed the importance of God’s word.

10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

In verse 21, we see Jesus extending his hands to the disobedient and gainsaying people.

For a practical, spiritual application, notice that Jesus Christ extends His invitation to come and have eternal life as a “free gift” (Romans 5:15-16) in the “morning” (John 21:4-12), at “high noon” (John 4:6-10), in the “evening” (Luke 24:13-29), and at “night” (John 3:1-3). In type, that is a picture of God dealing with a sinner in his childhood, his youth, his middle-age, and his senior years. Interesting.

Chapter 16 concludes with the mention of the Christians at Rome with Paul.

Like I said, this overview is no wise conclusive. There is so much more to Romans.

It addresses where we are at individually on spiritual basis.

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