Romans 15-16

Paul spent the bulk of his third missionary journey in Ephesus.  There he announced that after delivering the contribution for the saints in Jerusalem, “I must see Rome as well!” (Acts 19.21).  After leaving Ephesus, he spent three months in the area around Corinth—during which time he most likely composed … Continue reading

Romans 12-14

While many specific outlines have been proposed for the Epistle to the Romans, a general change of focus beginning in ch 12 is widely recognized.  Initially Paul set out his apostolic call, personal affections and desire to preach the gospel in Rome (1.1-17).  He then went on to inform his … Continue reading

Romans 9-11

As one applies the principles of Biblical theology to the Epistle of Romans, they discover that Paul’s doctrinal presentation was not without practical implications. He sought to show how the gospel message of justification by faith in Christ should humble the contrary Jew/Gentile congregations of his day—with the result that … Continue reading

Romans 7-8

Romans 7 would not make the list of most easily interpreted passages in the Bible.  Here one discovers a hopeless message in the midst of some of the most hopeful chapters of God’s word.  What should the reader make of this?  One may find help by following the principles of … Continue reading

Romans 6

Romans 6 should be understood as the second point of Paul’s argument begun in Rom 5.12.  There he proposed that all of humanity is either represented by Adam or Christ; those in the former under the reign of sin, death, and the law of Moses, those in the latter under … Continue reading

Romans 5

Some propose that Romans 5 is the most important chapter in the Bible.  Here Paul provided an analysis of the storyline of Scripture from the Garden of Eden, to the cross and the empty tomb.  It may be that this chapter begins a single unit of thought that concludes in … Continue reading

Romans 4

When a speaker or writer is looking to persuade their audience to adopt their point of view, citing multiple relevant and authoritative examples is one of the most effective tactics they could employ.  In the first three chapters of Romans, Paul attempted to further solidify Jew/Gentile relationships by showing how … Continue reading

Romans 1-3

The Epistle to the Romans may be the most popular book of the New Testament.  Its presentation of the gospel and relevance in church history make it a favorite for both informal Bible study groups and exegetical scholars.  Thorough study reveals that Paul had a specific life situation in mind: … Continue reading