The Book Of Romans Analysis

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Paul is clearly the author of the book of Romans as it is stated in Romans 1:1 that he is the author of this book. Before Paul’s salvation, he was known as a great persecutor of the Christians the evidence of this would be in Acts 7:58, Acts 8:1, Acts 9:1-2, and Philippians 3:5-6 all of this scripture furthers the truth that Paul was known for being a persecutor of Christians at this time in his life. His salvation came at the Damascus Road in Acts 9 where his name changed from Saul to Paul once he accepted Christ. Paul’s family is rarely mentioned in scripture there is no account of any reference to whether or not he had a wife or children, but he does refer to Timothy as his son in the faith. He is the author of the book of Romans
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56 Nero was currently emperor of Rome this is prior to the fire that burnt most of Rome in A.D. 64. Nero was also a madman who hated Christians and would burn them alive at the stake, so this shows the corrupt leadership Rome was under at that time. F. Leroy Forlines mentioned how Paul was currently on his third missionary journey and was at the city of Corinth when he managed to write this letter to the Romans (The Randall House Bible Commentary, Forelines, 2). According to Warren Wiersbe the entire basis for the book of Romans is to get all of the Christians at Rome prepared for him whenever he comes into the city (The Bible Exposition Commentary, Wiersbe, 514). This makes logical sense, because Paul would evidently want the believers at Rome to be rooted in their faith at an empire that was very fond of Christians. Now R.C. Lenski makes a very good point on why this book could have been sent specifically to the Romans, and he mentioned how Rome was the greatest capital in the world at that time, and people are just pulled into it, so once Paul was able to give them a firm foundation in their faith the effect would be like a ripple effect, meaning it would spread everywhere (Interpretation of Romans, Lenski, 14). Now while there is no direct sin targeted throughout Romans, the book does target having a sound doctrine. Matthew Henry elaborates on this by discussing how the first eleven chapters are about doctrine and the final five discuss practical things, such as the coming judgment for all and how to reform or rehabilitate life in Christ (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Henry, 363). All of this mixed together forms the basis for what is going on in the book of Romans, and through this it allows us to have a better understanding for not only what Paul was trying to say, but what God was saying as

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