Epistle to the Romans
|The Letter to the Romans|
|SERMONS, ESSAYS AND OPINIONS|
The Epistle to the Romans is a letter written by the apostle Paul the church in Rome. It is the sixth book of the New Testament. The letter gives an overview of the Christian faith. In it Paul teaches us that a believer is saved because of his faith in Jesus Christ and not through any good works that he does.
A major theme in the Epistle to the Romans is justification through faith alone. Paul describes that every person has sinned
- for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23)
As a result of sin, each person deserves death, but God in his goodnes will bring people eternal life, which Paul argues, is a gift
- For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
As a gift, this justification which brings eternal life is through belief or faith, rather than obedience to the law or by doing good works. Paul argues this in Romans 4. Furthermore, this justification is not just for Jews as some believed at the time, but was for everyone - Romans 1:16-17.
- For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek.
- For in it is revealed God's righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, "But the righteous shall live by faith."
Paul explains that this gift of justification is through the forgiveness of sins that Jesus brought about by his death on the cross.
- who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification. (Romans 4:25)