Christianity is a religion that has overcome a lot of adversity in the last couple decades. Through the use of early disciples preaching the word of God and with scripture, the beliefs of Christian faith can be understood. The earliest Christian sources do not come from the gospels, but from Paul’s epistles regarding the Christian communities. Paul, or Saul his Hebrew name, was born an Israelite in Tarsus and became one of the most influential followers. Prior to his dramatic conversion to Christianity, Paul was a member of the Jewish elite of the eastern Mediterranean.
While seeking to have Christians bound, a striking revelation of Christ’s appearance occurred while traveling to Damascus in Sryria. God called Paul to be an apostle and spread the good news to all. From then on, Paul was called “the second founder of Christianity. ” (Andrea). Romans is a letter written in the traditional Greek letter writing style of the first century A. D. In Romans, Paul explains the importance of Christian faith and practices, and becoming righteous in the eyes of Christ.
Epistle to the Romans is the work of a mind that loves and seeks system. “In Paul, then, we may with reason look for evidence of a free reflective process. ” (Nash). Paul, himself, was not ashamed to speak and preach the word of the Lord, so others should not fear this. “He who through faith is righteous shall live. ” (Andrea). In his letter, he was introducing himself as a follower of Christ and was writing to other followers including new Gentile Christians as well as Jewish Christians who had returned to Rome after being thrown out some years earlier.
When writing his epistles, Paul tried to make them relevant and also significant to all people reading. Jewish Christians in Rome and in Jerusalem continued to follow the Law of Moses, but Gentile Christians did not follow the Law. The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the Law but through the righteousness of faith. Paul explains the importance of faith in order for this to be obtainable to all Abraham’s descendants, for he is the father of all.
The significance of this teaching is that Paul wanted all nonbelievers to know that if they did not believe in God, that through their conversion a higher being will always be present with them. As followers of Jesus Christ, the people are able to have peace with God through the Lord. Christ died to save the world from sin, saving all the sinners in the world. By putting Jesus on the cross, the biggest sacrifice a human being can do for a person, God shows His eternal love for the people. The people can now attain the Lord’s grace and rejoice in the hope of sharing the glory of God. In the view of Paul those who became apart of the body of Christ put off all sin and evil doing.
The spirit of Christ dwelt in them, leading them to all things pure and lovely and of good report. ” (Buckham). There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, the Lord is Lord and he will respond to all who call upon him. “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. ” (Andrea). Paul proclaims that God will be present with the people as long as they are willing to sacrifice themselves for the glory and worship of the Lord.
God requires his people to walk with faith. The goal of the people is to serve God in humility and obedience. The people are to set aside the things of the past that ensnared them and to live as free men who are guided by the Spirit of God. They are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds by the Holy Spirit. The people are to live lives of quiet submission as they spread the love of God around into the lives of all that He brings them into contact with. Men and women have reached out and accepted what Paul has said in this epistle.
The people fully believe what Paul revealed to them in this letter, and that God has transformed their lives because of their faith. “Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited. ” (Andrea). If the people obey the words of the Lord, the glory and grace of God shall save them. With the acceptance of the spirit living within, God is able to assure his people with eternal life. “Follow the spirit of God, do what he instructs you, have everlasting faith in Him, and He will fulfill his promise to the people. (Weber).
God says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” since there in no wrong in this, love therefore is fulfilling the Law in every way possible. In the early church, Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians sometimes disagreed about what made a person acceptable to God and how the followers of Christ should live. In Romans, Paul boldly announces that the good news is “God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. (Weber) The Epistle to the Romans served as a plan to instruct Christians of their faith.
The Epistle was “the most fully articulated expression of Paul’s theology of salvation. ” (Andrea). With Paul being one of the most influential Christian leaders, he laid out the foundation of Christian belief for future believers. Just as Paul transformed his life for Christ, he wants all followers to center their life on Jesus and preach his gospel. The Epistle to the Page 3 of 4Romans is still held in high regards in teaching future societies.