The Epistle (letter) to the Romans was written by the apostle Paul to the "ecclesia", or "church", at Rome. The church consisted of Jews and Romans who had become Christians. In the epistle they are called Jews and Greeks because the name "Greek" was used for Greek-speaking people from many lands.

Paul wrote the epistle from Corinth during his 3rd missionary journey. He wrote to the believers at Rome, saying he hoped to come to them when he had been to Jerusalem (Romans 15:22-29). When Paul did visit Rome (about 3 years later) it was as a prisoner to await trial before Caesar! (Acts 28:17-20)

Paul's letter shows that ALL of us are sinners by nature and that we ALL die because of this fact (chapters 1-5). God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to be a means through which we can be covered from our sin. Those who have faith in God's promises and are baptised into Christ become new people (chapter 6). God will "justify" (make good) such people and give them eternal life. This is a gift from God, not something we can earn! (6:23)

Chapters 1-11 of Romans show that Jews and Gentiles can only be "justified" by faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Chapters 12-16 show how those who are true Christians ought to continue to live.



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