This series begins our long journey through Paul’s letter to the Romans. A major problem within the Roman church, as you see within the subtext of scripture, is there is a strong divide between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians. Paul’s overall goal for the Roman church is to bring them to unity in order for them to accomplish the goal set before them: to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring salvation to other parts of the world (i.e. Spain and the West).
The way Paul begins accomplishing this goal is by helping the church understand who they are in Christ. Both Jew and Gentile are a sinful people who have abandoned God. But both Jew and Gentile have been provided with salvation through Jesus Christ. If this church is to be a launching point for Paul’s ministry to expand beyond the Roman world, they must find a common ground, and in doing so can then know their identity in Jesus.
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