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.
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?
Verses 1:1–1:17 - 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.”
1:18–3:20 - The gospel need.
Verses 3:21 - 11:36
- The gospel plan.
Verses 12:1–15:13 -
The gospel application.
Verses 15:14–16:27 - Paul’s benediction.
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