It is the most extensive explanation of the gospel in the entire Bible.
"Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God-- 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 1:1-4
Rome was the cultural and political center of the world.
"Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentilesto the obedience that comes from[a] faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 1:5-7
Right away he is inclusive. We're all in this together.
The overarching theme of the book is the following verses:
16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of Godthat brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[a] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[b]
This is daily bread for us.
It explains the gospel.
The gospel is the manifestation of God's power.
Salvation has three tenses: past, present and future.
Salvation saves us from what we deserve.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—" Ephesians 2:8. This is called Justification.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18. This is called Sanctification.
"who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:5. This is called glorification.
Our conversion is just the beginning.
Getting started as a Christian might seem easy. But it isn't a sprint. It is a marathon.