A long letter in which Paul presents the gospel as the power of God for salvation, stressing the universality of sin and God's gracious act of redemption for all, Jew and Greek.

Forum at Rome

Romans is a letter Paul sent to the Christians at Rome. Paul had neither founded nor visited this congregation, but sent the letter to present them with his gospel in the hope that he would one day visit them before embarking on a mission to Spain. The theme of Romans is that the gospel is the power of God for salvation for both Jews and gentiles (1:16-17). Paul shows that sin is a universal human condition (1-3) and that people must live by faith, as Abraham had done. Although God's people suffer in this world, Paul assures them that the Spirit intercedes for them with sighs too deep for words (8:26). Paul recognizes that many Jews did not come to faith in Christ, but he argues that their unbelief has served to bring the gospel to gentiles, and he has hope that God will one day have mercy upon all (9-11). The final section of the letter exhorts Christians to present their bodies as living sacrifices, remaining obedient to the governing authorities and bearing with weaker members of their community (12-16).

Rom 1:16-17 - Power of the gospel
Rom 3:21-31 - Justification by faith
Rom 8:18-39 - Future hope
Rom 12:1-21 - Shape of Christian life


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