The Message in Romans (2)

The reason for writing the letter to the Romans.

 “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established.” Romans 1:11, NKJV. Paul wanted to visit the Church in Rome, but for an unknown reason, as of his writing, he was unable to fulfill his wish. However, he did not want the believers in Rome to think they are being ignored, so he sent them a letter to relate to the believers in Rome the core of the same apostolic theology he proclaimed wherever he went. Jesus called Paul and commissioned him to proclaim the good news – Jesus Christ – as the only foundation of the Christian faith.

The believers in Rome were well established in the Christian faith, and they acknowledged Jesus as the promised Messiah – the Savior of the world. The phrase “so that you may be established” also means, in the Greek, “so that you may be strengthened.” Paul acknowledged and was grateful for the way the believers in Rome exercised their faith. However, because he could not visit the believers in Rome, Paul sent a letter to encourage and strengthen them. Paul also hoped he could, at some time in the future, visit the believers in Rome so that they could have a mutual encouragement. The most important reason for letter to the Romans was to present to them the essential truth of the gospel Paul was set aside to proclaim to all nations. “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” why? “for it is the power of God to salvation for anyone who believes.” Romans 1:16, NKJV. We became slaves to sin and entirely powerless to reverse the decision we made in the garden of Eden. We, the humankind, became helpless because sin is the power we could not overcome. However, the power of God – Jesus Christ – who is the Gospel, the good news; defeated the power of sin in us, and has replaced it with the righteousness of God – Jesus Christ, the power of

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