Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul shows how Jesus created the new covenant family of Abraham through his death and resurrection and the sending of the Spirit.
Read Scripture Part I
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Romans, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Romans, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
The Book of Romans is a four-part explanation of the Gospel message written by Paul to the Church in Rome. Since Adam, humans chose to live sinful and selfish lives. The people of Israel tried to obey God and follow the Law, but they didn't succeed. Only faith in Jesus' death and resurrection can justify humanity and fulfill God's promise to create a covenant relationship with His people, the descendants of Abraham.
Through Jesus, God creates a new covenant family that includes Jews and gentiles who are unified as they love and forgive each other. Even though people continue to reject Jesus, God uses their rejection to expand His family and grow the Church.
Gospel in Detail
In the Book of Romans, Paul writes a letter to the Roman Church. It details the Gospel and describes how sinful humanity can be justified.
All humanity was trapped in sin. Obeying the law of Torah could not rescue them, but Jesus' death and resurrection created a multiethnic covenant family.
Justification by Faith
Every human since Adam chose sin and selfishness, but Jesus offered His life so everyone can be justified by faith and enter the new Jesus-like humanity.
God's Promise Fulfilled
Israelites in the past and present rejected God, but He uses that rejection to graft Gentiles into His covenant family and grow His multiethnic Church.
The new humanity of multiethnic Jews and gentiles who follow Jesus is unified as they love and forgive each other and learn to respect differences.
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Romans, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Romans, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.