RELIGION: Romans, by faith no works | Chroniclers
Paul’s letter to the Romans is a foundation on which to build one’s Christian faith. The 225 verses contained in Romans chapters 1-8 provide the believer with the model for developing his relationship with Christ, his identity, cultivating human relationships and interacting with society. The great epistle of the apostle Paul to the Romans has been called “the deepest work that exists” (Samuel Coleridge). Martin Luther called it âthe purest gospelâ.
As we open the book of Romans, Paul immediately speaks to the divinity of Christ, his humanity, and his resurrection. âConcerning his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was a descendant of David according to the flesh and who was declared to the mighty Son of God by the resurrection from the dead according to the Spirit of holiness. (1: 3-4) Paul’s epistle lays the cornerstone of Christian faith. The Epistle establishes the structure of the spiritual life that is found in Christ. Our point of view is shifted towards simple faith. âFor in the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written: The righteous shall live by faith. (1:17) As we recognize Christ as the Son of God who came and died a substitute death, triumphed over death, we can have the assurance of eternal life.
Paul opens our eyes to the fact that there is nothing we can do to gain salvation. So many people struggle in vain today to do good works to be accepted before God. âFor no one shall be justified in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes by the law. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (3: 20-23) Here the point of view of how our relationship with Christ should be is clearly stated. We have sinned and it is only by faith that we come to Christ. It is simple child’s faith. “Therefore, just as sin entered into the world by one man, and death by sin, and so death spread to all men because all have sinned.” (5:12) As a result of sin judgment fell on us but through Christ we now have justification and mercy.
The book of Romans could be seen as the material for building a solid Christian life. It is when the materials of love, faith, grace, forgiveness and eternal life are all gathered and placed in the hands of the master builder that our life becomes a structure that will withstand all storms.
If you are a Christian reading this article, re-engage in the gospel of Christ and share the wonderful love of Christ that you have found with those around you. If you have not accepted Christ in your heart, humbly ask for Christ in your heart, ask Him to forgive your sins, turn away from those sins, and find love and mercy in the arms of the Savior. âThe free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. “(6:23)