Translation by the Indonesian Christian Church Melbourne.
Paul’s contrast of ‘the old way’ under the law and ‘the new way’ in the Spirit, as illustrated by marriage in Romans 7:1-6. PDF version (140 KB). Thanks to Karen Morris for the concept.
This overview aims to show how the main theme of Romans, namely Paul’s gospel of salvation in 1:16-17, is expressed throughout the letter. Paul outlines this theme vertically, i.e. how the gospel impacts our relationship with God in chapters 1-8 ( = faith + hope). Paul outlines this theme horizontally, i.e. how the gospel impacts our relationships with others in 12-16 ( = love). Chapters 9-11 are the bridge from the vertical to the horizontal, i.e. how faith in the gospel redefines the people of God, i.e. Jews and Gentiles together in Jesus.