Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 5

Romans ~ By Sections
Romans Introduction
When I undertake the study of any New Testament book, after several readings I sometimes
attempt to generate a view of the book in sections. It is not something I insist others accept.
It is a personal device to help me navigate the book. Often, the theme emerges from this
compiled sectional structure. I am sometimes asked to share it. Here is what I see when reading
Romans. The alliteration may seem forced at first, but it has become a useful memory device
for me.
The PROBLEM is the unrighteousness of men. SIN is our problem; that is, not living as
God wants us to live (1:1-3:20). Whether Gentile or Jew, the problem is the same, the guilt is
equal (3:23).
The PROVISION of righteousness in Christ. God, in His grace and love for us, provided a
way for us to be saved – to be righteous people (3:21-5:21). It should not be described merely
as a plan or system or set of conditions. While it was planned, it is systematic and there are
conditions, it is about the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is the Provision. We respond
by the activity faith to accept what God has provided.
The POWER of righteousness is about keeping sin out of your life; walking in newness of
life and embracing the hope and promises of God (6:1-8:39). Chapters six through eight might
be considered “post baptism living.” The power for that kind of living is from God and
described in this section.
The PREDICAMENT is a section in Romans that deals with the difficulties that arose
between Jews and Gentiles (9:1-11:36). This was the cultural divide of the first century. And it
presented temptations and conflict for both Jews and Gentiles. Paul, in this section, shows
how God was just in all that He did and His sovereignty should be accepted by all.
Then, the final section of Romans is about the PRACTICE of righteousness – the obligations,
relationships and principles that must operate in the lives of Christians on a daily basis (12:116:27). Again, but now in more specific terms, this is post-baptism living.
This may help you in your study of Romans. Or, perhaps better, you may want to craft your
own navigation tools and memory devices as you read this superb book of what God has
provided for us to know Christ, serve Him and go to heaven.
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