Summary of Romans
Paul writes a series of letters to the Roman church and begins by introducing himself as an Apostle whose mission was to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles. Paul explains that he wants to one day preach in Rome. Paul explains that Salvation does not just come through Faith in Jesus Christ, explaining how Gentiles worshipped idols, forgetting about God, and how Jews failed to follow the law with hypocrisy, ultimately sinning.
Paul teaches that salvation from sin is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ. This faith in Jesus Christ means becoming one of His disciples. If we become a disciple of Jesus Christ, we also become disciplined to follow His commandments. The free gift of grace is unearned and undeserved. However, Grace is FREE, that Grace opens the door. Salvation comes through obedience to the Laws of the Gospel, which permits us to pass through the door. Because of the fall of Adam, we had no way to return to God, but through the Grace of Jesus Christ He gave us a way to return. However, we still must do our part to accept the Grace of God, this includes faith in Jesus Christ and a devotion to following ALL of His Commandments.
Paul explains the importance of Baptism, that it is a symbolic “death and resurrection” to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. It is truly the death of the sinner and the rebirth of those who receive a proper baptism. Christians, then, must guide their lives by righteousness, not by sin: righteousness alone will lead to eternal life.
Paul finishes up his letters to the Romans by advising them on the proper way to live a Christian life. Paul discusses and urges; Harmony, humility, love, charity, forbearance, and submission. Paul commands tolerance and freedom within the church. Paul explains that the strong in faith are not to judge and reject the weak in faith. Finally Paul concludes by sending greetings to a long list of people in Chapter 16, and ends with greeting the entire church.