In Romans 1–8, the apostle Paul showed how the almighty, holy God may be just and the one who justifies all sinners who have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the theme of the first volume (The Gospel Freedom) in this series on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.
In light of Christ’s astounding redemption accomplished at Calvary, the apostle continues in his epistle to address two vital issues related to that redemption. First, in Romans 9 through 11, he asks why the Jews have persisted in their rejection of God’s appointed Messiah, Jesus Christ. Then, in chapters 12 through 16, he asks how, in the light of Christ’s work of redemption, should the redeemed of the Lord live by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why this second volume is entitled The Gospel Life.
As we study these chapters, may we behold the sovereign kindness and severity of God and join with Paul in exclaiming, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Rom. 11:33). Let us also agree with Paul that cultural conformity for the church is the doctrine of demons and antithetical to true Christianity, but obedience to God results in true righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. “To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen” (Rom. 16:27).