After the Jews were dispelled from Rome by order of Claudius, they return to the church of Rome, where little is known about the early history of the church. Whether Paul was simply introducing himself to the Roman church or there was a more significant purpose, unity is clear in the pages of Paul’s letter. In this case, the unity was centered more on theology and doctrine, than actual behavior as in other epistles.
Many of these doctrinal truths center on the law and righteousness, and essentially spell out a doctrinally sound explanation of the Gospel. Jesus’s role in the Gospel story is made clear. Justification can also be found in the pages of Romans, along with many other doctrinal truths.
As you read through the letter, a word continues to jump off the pages, -and it is faith. The law cannot be kept, and therefore all are declared guilty. Therefore, what is the way of justification and righteousness? The answer is found in faith in Jesus Christ.
March - October 2024
Date/Setting: Around A.D. 57–59
Purpose: Unification of doctrinal truths for the Roman church, regarding the law, righteousness, and salvation.
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