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1 – Background to Romans

Romans is essentially the story of Israel and how Jesus Christ was inserted into that story to fulfil it in a way that nobody had expected. The way Jesus Christ did this subverted all the nationalistic hopes of the day. He ignored all the powerhungry hopes of those involved. The way he fulfilled the story was to call us all to serve our enemies. This is “the scandal of the gospel.”

2.1 – A New Creation

Roman Caesar had very clearly taken to himself full rights to the title “Son of God.” And what Caesar meant by this was that he had the divine right to rule the nations of the world. Caesar Augustus assumed other divine titles, like saviour of the world. His birthday was called the gospel…

2.2 – The Faithfulness of God

We have commonly used the term “righteousness of God” to describe our own righteousness by faith, but this isn’t what Paul meant by it. It is true that Paul also spoke of a righteousness through faith, to show that we are all one in Christ, but this is distinct from the term the “righteousness of God,”…

2.3 – The Wrath of God Falls on Both Jew & Gentile (Romans 1-3)

Romans chapters 1-3 continue showing that the wrath of God is against both Jew and gentile, so neither group has any cause to boast against each other. Paul’s purpose in speaking about the wrath of God is to lay the ground for humility in both Jew and gentile, to receive one another in love…

2.4 – Destroying Creation (Romans 1-2)

Romans 1-2 reveal the failure of humanity in respect to his image bearing priesthood, and as a result of that, the whole creation suffering. Romans 8 takes this theme up later, and shows the restored priesthood bringing renewal to the whole creation…