An Overview of Romans Part IX: Chapter Nine

Who is Israel? As if chapter 8 wasn’t controversial enough, we’re about to get even more controversial. Now we may not only be stepping on the toes of non-reformed people, but we may be stepping on the toes of premillennial believers. I hope you understand that neither of these are my intention; my desire is […]

An Overview of Romans Part VIII: Chapters 7 and 8

Chapter 7: Under Grace, not Law Don’t misunderstand the subtitle here, as it is not saying that we have a cheap-grace scenario. I intend those words as they were originally intended. How were they intended? Let’s answer that by looking at the analogy Paul gives at the beginning of chapter seven, which again, flows directly […]

An Overview of Romans Part VI: Chapter Five

Peace with God Notice how chapter five begins, with a “therefore”, meaning, because of what just came before, now this. Now what? Peace with God. What does peace look like? Is it peace to have a day of bliss and not know if the next day will not be the same? Of course not. Anyone […]

An Overview of Romans Part V: Chapter Four

Imputed Righteousness by Faith Romans 4 may be considered, or perhaps retitled “The Citadel of the Doctrine of Faith Alone” because this is where we discover the key and beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Martin Luther famously said that this doctrine is “the article upon which the Church stands or falls”. He was […]

An Overview of Romans Part IV: Chapter Three

God is Always Just At the beginning of chapter three, therefore, Paul anticipates a series of objections to what he had just said, which we will sum up in this way, “Paul, if that’s true, then what was the point of all the circumcisions and adherence to the oracles of God? Doesn’t this mean that […]

An Overview of Romans Part III: Chapter Two

Jews No Better Than Gentiles This leads us to Paul’s next important point. While it is not certain exactly who Paul means in verse one, it becomes apparent he is speaking primarily to Jews; although in hindsight, we can see this being applicable to all those who see themselves as over and above the Gentile […]

An Overview of Romans Part II: Chapter One

Apostolic Authority The introduction of chapter one is filled with theological weight, the likes of which we won’t dive deeply into, rather in keeping with our principle for this study, are going to break it down in as meaningful and yet simple as we can. The Apostle is presenting his credentials as among those sent […]

An Overview of Romans Part I: Introduction

I’ve taken some time to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Given the amount of free time I’ve unexpectedly had in the last few weeks, I thought this was an excellent time to begin this, which is an overview of the Book of Romans. This has originally been something I was […]