Perspectival outlines of the epistle to the Romans



INTRODUCTION back to top
"The epistle to the Romans is God's Word. Its theme is the gospel of His grace, and the gospel bespeaks the marvels of his condescension and love. If we are not overwhelmed by the glory of that gospel and ushered into the holy of holies of God's presence, we have missed the grand purpose of this sacred deposit." - John Murray

DOGMATIC CHRISTIAN STANDARDS back to top
  • The Revealed Christ (1:1-4)
  • The Revealed Gospel as The Power of God For Salvation (1:16,17)
  • The Nature and Focus of God's Wrath (1:18ff)
  • The Nature and Extent of Sin & Guilt (1:18-3:20)
  • The Atonement of Christ (3:21-26)
  • The Appropriation of the Promise by Faith(4)
  • God's Gift of Righteousness Imputed (5)
  • The Mindset of Sanctification: Baptism with Christ (6)
  • The Struggle Between Sin & Law (7:7-25)
  • The Life in The Spirit (8)
  • The Sovereign - Historical Faithfulness of God to his People (8:18-11:36)
  • The Christian Manner of Life with God & Community & World & Self (12-15)
  • God as the Establisher Through the Gospel (16:25)
  • Faith & Obedience as the Goal of Revelation (16:25,26).

APPLICATION IN LIFE AND CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY back to top
  • Romans' World Renowned Faith (1:8)
  • Paul's Prayers, Desire and Obligation of Love (1:8-14)
  • The Response of Faith to the Promise of God (3:27-4:25)
  • Sufferings, Perseverance, Character & Hope (5:3-5)
  • Baptism in Christ, Yeilding Members to Righteousness (6)
  • Life in the Spirit (8:1-27)
  • Paul's Love For the Jews (9:1-3)
  • The Confession of Faith (10:1-13)
  • The Believers Proper Humility (11:11-24)
  • The Living Sacrifice (12:1ff)
  • Exercise of Gifts & Mercy According to Faith (12:3-8)
  • Love For Enemies (12:9-21)
  • Subjection to Governmental Authorities (13:1-7)
  • Love Which Fulfills Commands (13:8-14)
  • Witholding Judgement (14:1ff)
  • Searching For Peace & Mutual Edification (14:19)
  • Gentleness For The Weaker Brother (15:1ff)
  • Paul's Greetings and Warnings Against Divisiveness (16:17-20)
  • The Virtue of Innocence (16:19)

LIFE OF THE INNER MAN back to top
  • Hopelessness & Foolishness of Those Outside of God (1:18ff)
  • The Ineffective Conscience of Man (2)
  • Circumcision of the Heart (2:28)
  • The Effective Condemnation of the Law in Judgement (3:19,20)
  • Hope in God's Promises as the Essence of Faith (4:18)
  • Helplessness in the Presence of God's Love (5:8)
  • Peace and Freedom in Spirit Life (5:1ff; 8:1ff)
  • "Abba" and "Inutterable" Groanings (8:22-27)
  • Settled Hope and Peace in God's Control (8:28-39)
  • The Intense Suffering of the Saint for the Lost (9:1-5)
  • The Renwal of the Mind (12:2)
  • The Powerful Conscience of the Redeemed & the Voice of Faith as the Inner Standard (14;NB:23)
  • The Essential Goodness & Competence of the Spiritual Christian. (15:14)

DIACHRONIC OVERVIEW: WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS back to top
THE KINGDOM PRESENT back to top
  • The Gospel as Present Power of Salvation (1:16)
  • The Present Righteousness Revealed and Imputed (1:17;3:21ff)
  • The Present Demonstration of Justice (3:25,26)
  • Abraham Is The Father of The Faithful (4:11)
  • Present Peace with God (5:1)
  • The Right Time of Jesus Death:When We Were Powerless (5:6)
  • Present Justification (5:9)
  • The Present Peace & Freedom of Conscience in the Spirit (8:1)
  • Present Sons & Heirs (8:14-17)
  • Present Intercession of Spirit (8:26,27)
  • The Fully Completed Work of God (8:28-30)
  • Present Inseparableness From God's Love - Present Victory (8:31-39)
  • Christ as the End of the Law (10:4)
  • The Immanence of the Confession of Faith & Salvation (10:8-13)
  • Christ is Lord of Dead & Living (14:9)
  • Promises to Patriarchs Fulfilled in Gentiles Through Jesus A Servant From the Jews (15:7ff)
  • Presently Filled with Goodness & Competence (15:14).

THE KINGDOM TO COME back to top
  • The Present Revelation of God's Wrath (1:18ff)
  • For us to whom God will impute Righteousness (4:24)
  • We will Be saved from Wrath (5:9)
  • Death through Baptism - Slaves to Righteousness (6)
  • Wrestling against the Law and its effect on the Sin Nature (7:7-25)
  • Present Juxtaposition of Sarx & Spirit (8:5-11)
  • The Present Sufferings and Future Glory (8:17)
  • The Groaning of Creation For Salvation (8:18-27)
  • The Pending Salvation of All Israel (11)
  • Living Sacrifices (12:1ff)
  • Subjection to Governing Authorities (13:1-7)
  • The Hour To Wake From Slumber - The Nearness of Salvation (13:11ff)
  • Pending Judgement Seat (14:11,12).