Romans 1: The Gospel Reveals Righteousness
The overall theme of Paul’s letter to the Romans is that God’s plan of salvation and righteousness is for Jews and Gentiles alike. Throughout the letter, he emphasizes a number of theological themes such as sin and death, salvation, grace, redemption and sanctification.
The book of Romans contains some elements of practical advice on living a Christian life, but it primarily provides a theological foundation and reflects Paul’s deep faith in the Good News of the Gospel. It is likely that Paul wrote the book of Romans later in his life and journey. As such, he is answering theological questions that, over the course of his life and journeys, he has asked others and even asked himself.
Paul was transformed by his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. As a result, he was powerfully gripped by the truth and reality of the Gospel message. He declares in Romans 1:16 that he is not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to all who believe.
As Paul states, “The righteous will live by faith.” He emphasizes often in his letters that salvation comes not from good works but rather from faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ.
A Moment to Reflect:
Have you been gripped by the Gospel message? Have you ever been upset with yourself because you missed an opportunity to express your faith?
Few of us have had a “Road to Damascus” experience as powerful as Paul’s experience that would give us an unwavering faith and testimony. But as you mature as a Christian, God will strengthen your faith and provide you with opportunities to share it with others.
In my first book, God Revealed, I share many of my own encounters with God over the course of my life. I encourage you to simply identify one that you can succinctly share with others when God opens up that opportunity.