There are five major themes that will be discussed in Paul’s theology. The first being a biographical defense of Paul’s autonomy and his relationship with the Jerusalem leadership which is referenced in Romans 1:1-2:14. There are thirteen epistles that were attributed to Paul in the New Testament: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus and Philemon. The Apostle Paul starts the Book of Romans by explaining how he has received the status he has obtained and what gives him the authority to preach the Gospel as he does. Paul’s belief is he was given his wisdom directly from God to share the message of Jesus Christ to all who would listen. Paul broke all boundaries between the Jewish and Gentile’s in showing them there was no restriction placed on them by ‘the Law’ that they were used to obeying, but they were to be given salvation by trusting the Word of God. Paul was here to teach the Word of God and help them to understand what God had done for them. “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wicked people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse”(Romans 1.18-20).
The second part of Paul’s theme is the unique gospel; ‘justification th...
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...or the way we currently live. So extensive is the Christian contribution to our laws, our economics, our politics, our arts, our calendar, our holidays, and our moral and cultural priorities that historian J.M. Roberts writes in The Triumph of the West, ‘We could none of us today be what we are if a handful of Jews nearly two thousand years ago had not believed that they had known a great teacher, seen him crucified, dead, and buried, and then rise again.’” (From the book What’s So Great about Christianity by Dinesh.) (D’Souza, Faithfacts, Web)
Harris, Stephen L.
The New Testament: A Student’s Introduction
McGraw-Hill Education, Eighth Edition, 2014
New International Version (NIV). Bible Gateway. Web. 2011
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