#073 This is our first of eight episodes in our mini-series entitled, Paul’s Treatises | Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians. On this episode we’re going to overview the first eight chapters of the book of Romans in which Paul addresses to topics of sin, salvation, and sanctification.
The book of Romans was written by the Apostle Paul likely while he was residing in Corinth around 57 AD. It is considered by many Christian and non-Christian scholars and theologians to be the greatest treatise every written on the Christian faith.
In this one book, Paul comprehensively and logically addresses five major themes of the Christian faith. Sin, Salvation, Sanctification, Sovereignty (of God), and Service (in the faith). On this episode we’ll cover the first three themes of Sin, Salvation, and Sanctification.
The key phrase used throughout this book and that runs through the entirety of the Bible is the righteousness of God. In most simple terms, Biblical righteousness refers to the condition of a man as he ought to be, the state necessary to be acceptable to God. Trying to get our minds to envelope the full meaning of the word righteousness is a herculean if not impossible task. Because of that it is best to stick with the simple understanding that righteousness is perfection in everything you can imagine.
Paul had intimate scholastic and working knowledge of the entire Old Testament and mastery in all the teachings and traditions of the pharisees. It was this man who Jesus chose to reveal the mystery of God, namely Christ, hidden in God since the creation of the world.
Adam failed. Cain failed. Mankind failed with only Noah and his family preserved through the flood. Noah’s descendants failed at Babel. Israel failed. No one person or people group was able to overcome the power of sin God had revealed to Cain in Genesis 4:7 - If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Join me, DrZ, and discover how Paul nails down the conclusion he used to open the book of Romans. Romans 1:16-17 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.
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