Romans

Romans

PAUL SENT THIS LETTER from Corinth during his third missionary journey. He hoped to come to Rome (15:22–29), but when he eventually came it was as a prisoner to await trial before the Emperor Nero (see Acts 28:17–20). Romans is Paul’s magnificent summary of the way God’s righteousness is shown in the death of Jesus Christ; how salvation is by God’s grace, and is dependent on faith, not on the works of the law; and that it is available to Gentiles as well as Jews. Israel in God’s Purpose Now that the Law of Moses has been fulfilled, some were asking “has God rejected his people?” (11:1). With obvious emotion, Paul points out that the Jews, if they believe, are most certainly still within God’s purpose —‘to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises’ (9:4). Using the symbol of