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Lesson 13 ROMANS
Theme: The epistle to the Romans is a complete, logical, inspired answer to the great questions of the ages, "How should a man be just with God?" (Job 9:2). In the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Acts, are found scattered in different places teachings concerning that great doctrine which forms the very foundation of Romans-justification by faith.
It has remained for the apostle Paul to gather up these teachings and adding there-to the special revelations vouchsafed unto him, to give us the most complete statement of doctrine found in the New Testament, embodied in an epistle which has been called "the cathedral of Christian doctrine". We shall sum up the theme of Romans as follows: The justification of sinful men, the sanctification of justified men, and the glorification of sanctified men, through faith and by the power of God.
Key Phrase: The righteousness of God. Key Verse: 1:16, 17.
Occasion and reason for writing. While at Corinth on his last visit there Paul met a Christian lady named Phoebe who was going to Rome (Rom. 16:1,2). He took advantage of this circumstance to send by her a letter to the church there telling them of his coming and giving them a statement of the distinctive truths which had been revealed to him.
When written: About A.D. 60, during Paul's last visit to Corinth 2 Cor. 13:1; Acts 20:1-2)
Contents: The epistle may be divided into the following three broad divisions.
1. Doctrinal, unfolding Paul's argument of justification by faith
(Chs. 1 to 8).
2. Dispensational, (Chs. 9 to 11). In chapters 1 to 8 and 12 to 16 Paul deals with the church. In chapters 9 to 11 he turns aside for a short while to speak about Israel and to show their relation to God's plan of Salvation. This section answers the question; What place does the Jewish nation have in God's plan of salvation?
3. Practical, containing exhortations relative to Christian living (Chs. 12 to 16).
We shall use the following outline as the basis of our study:
I.Condemnation. 1:1 to 3:20.
II.Justification. 3:21 to 5:21
III.Sanctification. Chs. 6-8.
IV.Dispensation. Chs. 9-11.
V.Exhortation. Chs. 12-16.
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