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Romans – Chapter by Chapter

Following on from yesterday’s summary, here is my chapter by chapter run down of this valuable book. For most chapters, I’ve focused on a particular verse although, for a couple, I resorted to a more general precis.

1:17 – The righteous shall live by faith

2:12 – All who have sinned will perish…

3:23 – and all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!

4:3 – Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness

5:1 – Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

6:23 – The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

7:24 – Who will free me from this body of death? (still sinning despite knowing what is the right way to act)

8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

9:32 – Israel failed because it pursued righteousness by works, not faith

10:9 – Confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you will be saved

11 – Grafted into the olive (and, from v. 33, an amazing doxology or song of praise)

12:1 – Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice

13:8 – Love your neighbour (this chapter also has a lot about proper respect for secular authorities)

14:21 – Do not do anything to make your brother stumble

15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

16 – Goodbye, I love you! (Paul weaves his connections with the church in this city he has not yet visited)

And that’s just the summary, where I’ve had to miss out a lot more than I included. What would you focus on if you tried the same exercise of reducing each chapter to a key phrase or verse?

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