Introduction to Romans:
The book of Romans was written by Paul. Romans has served as the foundation for the explaining the Christian faith. It was written while Paul was visiting Corinth around 57 A.D on his third missionary journey. Romans explains what it means to be justified by faith in Christ Jesus. It helps to defend God’s righteousness in the world that we live in. It help us to find our identity in Christ.
Vs. 8, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.” The Romans faith was being reported because they had received the Good News! Paul reminds us in detail of the Good News in Jesus (vs. 1-7). Paul was so excited to reach Rome and encourage and be encouraged by them. We see Paul compare and contrast God’s righteousness with our sinfulness. To those who are living in sin, this chapter can make us a bit uncomfortable. Just like the Romans, we know God…but many of us have turned away from Him willingly.
Regarding application…We Are Without Excuse. Vs. 20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” The fool says there is no God (Psalm 14:1). We have been given everything possible to know the Lord Jesus. He has revealed himself through creation and through the Living Word. The natural tendency in our lives when confronted with wrong doing is to give an excuse. It wasn’t my fault, Let me explain, it was their fault…but when we all stand before the Lord one day, we must account for how we lived this life. Let us humbly allow the Lord in the book of Romans to help us grow in our faith and stop giving excuses to not believe.