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The Truth Revealed in Romans

 

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Why should people read this book?

General outline of Romans

The intent of this book is two-fold: to present an accurate explanation of Paul's original message to the Romans, and to encourage readers to study God's word carefully.  Readers will be challenged to consider what they actually believe and why they believe it.  The result will be a much stronger faith, grounded in a proper understanding of God's word.

 

Over the centuries, organized religion has twisted Paul's original writing, distorting it to say things completely different than what he intended.  The result is a synergistic set of beliefs supposedly supported by Paul's message in Romans.  It is about time that someone stepped up to set the record straight. 

 

This verse-by-verse exposition, based on the original Greek manuscript, carefully studies the words and grammar to discern the meaning of what Paul actually said.  The insights presented may surprise many readers, perhaps  even shock some.  A clear understanding of what Paul taught will tip many of the sacrosanct church doctrines upside down.  However, just because something has been preached for several centuries does not mean it is automatically true.

 

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Why should people read this book?

Some of the questions addressed in this book are listed below.  If these questions interest you, then you will definitely want to read the answers presented in this book!

 

  What gospel did Paul actually preach?

  What are the different aspects of God's plan for salvation?

  What exactly do people have to do to be saved?

  Is salvation for all, or only for some?

  What is the proper relationship between grace and works?

  Is God really going to judge everyone's actions?

  Exactly what is the role of faith?

  Can people lose their salvation?

  What is the difference between heaven and the kingdom of God?

  What does the term “son of God” actually mean?

  What was the purpose of the law in the Old Testament?

  Do the Old Testament laws still apply to Christians today?

  What's wrong with many of the sermons preached every Sunday?

  Has God really cast the Jews aside in favor of the Christians?

  How should Christians and Jews relate to each other?

 

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General Outline of Romans

Verses 1:1 - 17 - Paul's greeting

The theme of Romans is set out by Paul's opening statement in Romans 1:16-17: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith".

 

Verses 1:18 - 3:20 - The gospel need.
All men are sinners.  The Gentiles are under wrath because they ignored God although they had knowledge of him through his creation.  The Jews are under wrath because they condemned the Gentiles, yet practiced the very things they condemned.  The Jews thought they would receive special treatment simply because they were Jews and because they were circumcised; they misunderstood God's mercy as a license to sin; they boasted of their high standing because they possessed the law.  Paul pointed out that the Jews were no better than the Gentiles, that God regards both Jews and Gentiles in the same light—they are all sinners.  God had passed judgment on everyone, all are guilty, no one is righteous, not even one.

 

Verses 3:21 - 11:36 - The gospel plan.
Man could not save himself, so God's grace provided salvation freely through the faith of Jesus, the Christ, who paid the penalty for all the sins of all mankind.  What man has done counts nothing; what Jesus did counts everything.  All men became sinful through Adam, and all men were justified through Jesus.   All have received salvation and are free from the burden of sin.  The choice now is what to do with our salvation, whether to retain it by submitting to God through holy spirit, or whether to live in rebellion; whether to be slaves to spirit or slaves to self.  When we submit ourselves to holy spirit, God works through us to produce works pleasing to him, thereby assuring our entrance into the kingdom.  Those who rebel against God waste their inheritance and will not enter the kingdom.  However, God allows us to be human; he does not expect us to live perfectly and never sin.  Liberty through grace means that we may have sin in our lives without that sin being laid to our account.  God regards men's mental attitudes and desires over and above the actual deeds they do.  When we assent to the law, agreeing with God that it is holy and good, and agreeing with God that our sin really is sin, then God does not count the things we do in the flesh (as if it were the real us doing them), but he sees them as the law of sin operating in our flesh.  God recognizes our real desire to serve him and does not count those sins against us.  Because the Jews stumbled, God grafted the Gentiles into true Israel, but he did not cast away the Jews.

 

Verses 12:1-15:13 - The gospel application.
As we yield our selves to God and holy spirit, our lives are transformed and produce the results of being led by holy spirit: humility, love, diligence, joyfulness, patience, prayerfulness, hospitality, peacefulness, submission to authority, not judging others, and not disputing foolishly with others.

 

Verses 15:14-16:27 - Paul's benediction.
Paul's
last words of appreciation and love and encouragement for those he will leave behind.

 

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