A Brief Introduction to the Book of Romans
The church will be holding its joint-fellowship Bible Quiz on Oct. 9, and the subject is the Book of Romans. I would like to give the brothers and sisters a brief introduction here in the hope that we can all comprehend the word of God and live a life of faith according to the will of God.
Book of Romans was written by Paul during his third missionary journey (compare
2 Corinthians chapters 8 & 9 with Romans 15:25, Acts 24:17; Acts 20:2-3).
Paul had long wanted to go to
book contains the basic premise of Christian belief - from sin to salvation,
from salvation to sanctification - it covers all of the stages of a believer’s
life. Its main subject is the Theory of the Grace of Salvation. The first three
chapters describe the necessity of saving grace. It first raises the theme that
the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, so
that the righteous will live by faith (Romans 1:16-17). Then it points out that
Gentiles and Jews alike have no power to save themselves. God will give to each
person according to what he has done. There is only one path to salvation, and
that is righteousness through faith. “The Gospel of Justification by Faith” is
the premise of this book. Chapters four to eight talk about the way to
righteousness and sanctification. Paul first explains that Abraham was
justified not by works, but by faith. His faith was expressed in his trust in
God’s promises. Paul continues then to clarify that we too can be justified by
faith, because the Lord died for us while we were still sinners. His death saved
us from the wrath of God. We can be justified through His blood and have peace
with God. Just as Adam was a representation of man - because he sinned, sin
entered the world - so too, Christ represents us in our reconciliation with God
(chapter 5). Since justification is a gift from God, we must not deliberately
sin in order that grace increases. We must be slaves to righteousness so as to
be sanctified. We sin because of the weakness of our flesh, but we can live
triumphant lives through the work of the Holy Spirit in believers (chapter 8).
In chapters 9-11, Paul describes in detail the plan God has for
The Book of Romans inspired some great spiritual leaders such as Augustine, Martin Luther, Paul Bunyan, John Wesley etc., and through them wrote the history of the Church. May the Lord also change our lives through this Epistle, and use His spirit to once again help us live triumphant, submissive lives of discipleship, love God and man more truthfully, and display the essence of faith in our lives so that the gospel may be more explicitly believed in by others.
By: Esther Hung