After four years, we concluded our study of Romans this morning. And lo … the disc recorder malfunctioned. Unbelievable as it seems, the entire session was scrubbed. We start a new study of Jeremiah next week. Hopefully, some kind of recording tech will be up and running, and you’ll be able to join us.
. From Romans 16:25, to the end of the chapter, we have Paul’s benediction
. Notice how the concluding words of Romans compare to the benediction in Paul’s other letters. Why is there a difference with Romans?
. Romans represents Paul’s theological masterwork. It is the longest of his letters, running to 7,114 words.
. The reason for the uniqueness in Paul’s benediction may be the result of the amazing scope of the work.
a. Paul infused everything he understood about theology into Romans
b. Paul connected Christ to His identity, as Messiah, and defended the connection with scholarship
c. Paul emphasized spiritual-giftedness, and its role within the body-of-Christ
d. Paul’s writing in Romans brought formative shape to the emerging Christian faith
e. Paul’s words in Romans proclaim an egalitarian Gospel where there is neither Jew, nor Gentile, male nor female, servant nor master
f. In Romans, Paul declares that Christ is for all
Asked to boil Romans down to three summary points, Dr. Nunnally said that if it took Paul more than 7,000 words to make his sentiments known. far be it from him to attempt such an impossible challenge. When pressed, though, Nunnally suggested that one way to encapsulate Romans — in three words — would be to suggest that Romans dealt in: establishment, redemption and empowerment.
Dr. Nunnally concluded with a homework assignment. He suggested that we study the beginnings and endings of Paul’s letters in the New Testament. Upon completing the review, we should contrast the differences, and seek to understand the reason for the distinctions.
Jeremiah 1:1 next week.