Summary of passage: Paul finishes this letter to the Romans with a shout out to God and Jesus, the ones who are responsible for their belief and obedience through the gospel and proclamation of Jesus who has finally been revealed after all this time.
14) Paul finishes this letter to the Romans with a shout out to God and Jesus, the ones who are responsible for their belief and obedience through the gospel and proclamation of Jesus who has finally been revealed after all this time.
15) He is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again so that we may be forgiven for our sins by God forever and may have eternal life with God.
16) Through God’s grace, we all share together in the promise of Jesus Christ as our redeemer, our living sacrifice, our Lord. This is the gift of the Holy Spirit, available to Gentiles and Jews, and our share in the promises of God to His children that we will be justified and sanctified by the body and blood of Christ Jesus forever.
17) Personal Question. My answer: Living every day for Him. Striving every day to be closer to Him and to fulfill His purpose for our life here on earth. Praising Him. Worshipping Him. Giving Him the credit for everything in my life. Putting Him at the center of my life. Obeying Him. This is what God wants: us.
Conclusions: I love how the first sentence and the last sentence of Romans is about Jesus and praising him. Gratitude. Humility. Grace. Mercy. Awesome!
End Notes: Paul means the whole plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. Though God announced much of the plan previously through prophecy, its final outworking wasn’t evident until revealed by God through Jesus. And He calls all nations to faith and obedience.
My gospel: not a gospel different from that preached by others but a gospel Paul received by direct revelation (Galatians 1:12)
In this conclusion Paul reflects on the wisdom of God’s plan in the gospel and the fact that such wisdom is beyond man. God had a plan no man would come up with, but the wisdom and glory of the plan is evident.
The Book of Romans explains from beginning to end the greatness and glory of this plan of God that Paul preached as a gospel – as good news. It’s entirely fitting that Paul concludes this letter praising the God of such a gospel.
The good news Paul devoted his life to: God chose to glorify Himself through the person and work of Jesus Christ, and who will glorify Himself that way forever. Amen! The ultimate purpose of all things.
Final Thoughts on the Study of Romans: What an amazing book and gift from God. What an amazing person Paul was and an amazing gift to us as well all these centuries later. Definitely an anchor book in the New Testament. I learned so much and grew so much with God over the past year. My gratitude and faith are deeper. My worship is better. My humbleness as well. With God all things are possible. With God I am possible.