Romans Book – Epistle of The Romans

Romans Book or  Epistle

Romans Book

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Romans Book or the Epistle to the Romans is the 6th book of the New Testament. According to Biblical scholars, the Romans book was written by Apostle Paul for explaining that following gospel of Jesus Christ can bring one salvation. The longest of all Pauline epistles, it is considered to be Paul’s most important theological work. The exact date of the authorship of the Romans book is debatable, with scholars pointing to a time between late 55 AD and early 57 AD. Some have even suggested a date between 51 AD or 52 AD and early 58 AD.

The Romans book starts with a prologue that gives us a general idea about Paul, speaking about his apostleship and presenting introductory points about the gospel that he is to preach to Roman church. Although Jesus is a direct descendant of David, Paul does not confine himself to preaching only to the Jews but also hopes to reach out to the Gentiles. He then says a prayer of thanksgiving, addressing the Roman people for their faith. He then speaks of all the obstacles he had to face earlier that made it difficult for him to come to Rome in the past.

Paul gallantly declares that he is not embarrassed of his gospel as it holds great power. He speaks of his admiration for the gospel of Jesus and goes on to address the Jewish community first. Although there is much significance to this address, the exact nature of the relationship between Judaism and Paul the Apostle is still debated.

Paul then criticizes the current human ways by saying that people have taken to profanity and ungodliness and this will be met by divine judgment from God. Instead of revering God in his true spiritual and invisible image, people have started to make idols of him to worship, which Paul severely condemns. Paul is heavily inspired by Wisdom of Solomon and criticizes unnatural sexual behavior, staying that such negative habits lead to deprivation of the body and mind. Paul also says that people who commit wickedness and murder deserve to be punished by death. Paul asserts his position firmly against the practice of idol worship that was quite common during that time.

Later in Romans Book, Paul also speaks against hypocritical Jewish people who are criticizing others for not obeying the righteous path when they themselves also stand in ignorance to the Law of God. Paul says that there is a sense of righteousness that has developed independent of the law to which prophets adhere to, and this righteousness can be achieved by having faith in Jesus Christ the redeemer. The act of Justification, which involves clearing a man of his guilt, can only be achieved by God and not man as it can lead to boastfulness.

Paul says that by developing faith, one can free himself from the bondages of sin and achieve salvation. He also believes that the people of Israel will be faithful to God and will one day realize the truth as he himself did. While during his earlier days he was a critic and persecutor of the Early Christians but now he himself has complete faith on Jesus.  To receive Bible Qoutes from the Romans Book, learn more about our Daily Bible Quote service.