Paul’s letter to the Romans is regarded not only as his most significant writing, but as one of the most important writings in the history of the Christian faith. The righteousness of God takes center stage in Paul’s letter to Rome. Paul declares that the gospel makes possible salvation for every person who believes in the salvific life and death of Christ.
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“Commentators generally accept that Paul states his basic theme or thesis in Rom 1:16–17 and that all the letter’s other ideas and themes revolve around this center (see Moo 1996, 63–65; Matera 2010, 26; Kruse 2012, 7;). In these two verses, Paul declares that the gospel (1) reveals God’s faithfulness to the promises He made to His people in the ot covenants, (2) makes possible salvation for every person who believes in the salvific life and death of Christ, and (3) represents the central message of Paul’s missionary work which he now desires to take to Spain (see Rom 2:16; 15:16, 19; 16:25).” (source)
“First and arguably foremost, the righteousness of God takes center stage in Paul’s letter to Rome” (source)
“a genitive of source and therefore implies that God is the origin of the believer’s righteousness” (Romans 1:1–17)
“Paul wrote Romans primarily to address a situation involving the Roman churches” (source)
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Derek R. Brown is an academic editor for Lexham Press. He holds a PhD in New Testament Studies and Christian Origins from the University of Edinburgh, a MCS in New Testament Studies from Regent College, and a BSc in Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. He is a Faithlife Study Bible contributing editor, a Studies in Faithful Living co-author, a Lexham Research Commentary co-author, and a regular Bible Study Magazine and Lexham Bible Dictionary contributor.
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