For the next several weeks, we'll be going through the book of Romans on our Freshley blog. We're excited to cover this book for many reasons. One is that one of the main purposes the author, Paul, has in writing this letter is to explain the Gospel. While this is the foundation of Christianity, it can sometimes be confusing to grasp. We won't have all of the answers, but we have to go through the book with you to provide information and tackle some of the tougher passages of scripture.
The church in Rome was likely made up of Jews and Gentiles. You'll see that Paul repeatedly addresses the fact that the Gentiles (us) are included because of the Jews rejection of Jesus. And that the Jews will again be included one day when they realize that the Gentiles have been enjoying the promise that has always been meant for them. "For if [the Jews] rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?" (Romans 11:15).
As you read through Romans with us, keep in mind the common theme that Paul is trying to get across: you are not righteous by your works, but by faith in Jesus. You are now righteous because Jesus died for you, which means you should now live out of the love God has for you instead of trying to earn God's love for you.
- Michele Houston