Exploring The Bible
22. New Testament
Romans – A.D. 56
- Romans 1:16-17 / Romans 3:23
Paul’s letter to the Romans explains what God has done, presenting God’s plan of salvation, which is in Jesus Christ, and the effect this has upon all mankind. This gospel plan sees God’s righteousness extended to all of mankind based on Jesus Christ’ work on the cross. It is received by faith in Him, rather than the good works of man. It investigates ideas such as guilt, faith, assurance, security and sanctification.
Paul is very concerned that there should not be any conflict between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians in Rome. So he explains very carefully how it is that everyone, although basically a sinner, can be accepted by God. That acceptance, called righteousness, can only be gained by belief in and commitment to Jesus and his atoning death on the Cross. He then explains how this leads to the gift of the Spirit and the ability to live a life worthy of a follower of the Lord.