by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

One Hour in Romans
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The Epistle to the Romans has been called the magnum opus of the apostle Paul. Martin Luther called it the "true masterpiece of the New Testament," and William R. Newell declared, "Romans is the Gospel." I personally believe that every believer ought to spend more time reading the Epistle to the Romans than any other portion of the Word of God. I long to be able to master, to a certain extent, the Epistle to the Romans. I have not arrived yet, I can assure you. But one of the reasons I love to teach it and preach from it is that I want to know more about this great epistle.
Now we want to look at the high points of it. Think of Romans in three major divisions:
(1) Doctrinal, chapters 1-8
(2) Dispensational, chapters 9-11
(3) Duty, chapters 12-16
We will largely follow this outline, as it is an alliteration and easy to remember.
A salutation opens the Epistle to the Romans and a salutation closes it, acting very much like a parenthesis around the epistle. Paul was very personal in this epistle because he knew these folks in Rome.


Justification of the Sinner

Paul opens the epistle with this great statement:

...I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For in it is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:16, 17)

Revelation of the Sin of Man

Paul then spends approximately three chapters showing that man is a sinner. Sin is the subject from chapter 1:18 through 3:20. Notice that he does not attempt to prove that man is a sinner, he just makes it as a statement of fact. In other words, it is a revelation.
That God's wrath is revealed against sin is an historical fact. Just to cite one instance, Sodom and Gomorrah were cities destroyed by God because of their sin. They reached the place of perversion which is ...

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