The Gospel – Short Form for Memory

Paul does not write Romans to convince his audience of some specific action in response to a peculiar circumstance the church in Rome faces. Instead, Paul writes to inform them of the full message of the Gospel. As such, he includes the three chief components of the Gospel message. (1) The whole world, Jew and Gentile, lay under the curse of death and eternal destruction because of their sin. All are guilty. (2) All, because of guilt for original sin (sin that clings to humanity because of the sin of Adam and Eve when they ate the fruit forbidden by God) face judgment from a righteous God. (3) Faith in Jesus Christ through God’s grace is the only means of salvation. Faith in Jesus is the only acceptable response to God’s gracious extension of salvation to sinful people.

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