The following articles are related to the topic of ROMANS, BOOK OF

Romans 1:27 — The Consequences of Perversion

In Romans, chapter 1, Paul describes the debauchery that was characteristic of the ancient pagan world. A common vice in that day, as in our own time, was that of homosexuality. The apostle writes: "For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also ... read more »

The Meaning of Romans 3:31

Please explain Romans 3:31. "Do we then make the law of none effect through faith? Indeed not, we establish the law." The correct interpretation of this passage depends upon four things - the meaning of "law," the significance of "faith," and a consideration of these terms in both the immediate and remote contexts of scripture. We must note at the ... read more »

Roman Catholic Professor Denies the Resurrection of Christ

Thomas H. West, a Roman Catholic by background, is Professor of Theology at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. The controversial teacher recently authored a book under the title, Jesus and the Quest for Meaning (Fortress Press, 2001). Unfortunately, the gentleman's "quest for meaning" remains unfilled, for he has yet to grasp the basic meaning of the ... read more »

Why Does Romans 10:9-10 Not Mention Baptism?

"If baptism in water is an essential condition of salvation, as a number of your articles assert, how do you explain Romans 10:9-10? There is no mention of baptism in this passage." The passage to which our friend refers reads as follows: "[B]ecause if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that ... read more »

Hebrews 9:5 & Romans 3:25 – Christ Jesus: Our Propitiation

In the ninth chapter of the book of Hebrews, the inspired writer discusses the tabernacle arrangement of the Old Testament regime. "And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of holies; having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was a golden pot holding the manna, ... read more »

Do Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:26-27 Refer to Spirit Baptism?

It is a tragedy of heart-breaking proportion that some otherwise credible scholars will go to such outlandish lengths to defend cherished theological theories. They hurl exegetical caution to the wind and adopt absurd views that are wholly without substance. No better example can be mentioned than the desperate attempts that some make in attempting to avoid the connection between the ... read more »

Paul’s “Mother”

The last chapter of the book of Romans is highly personal. Therein Paul alludes to no fewer than twenty-nine people in Rome, about a third of whom he knew from earlier associations. Amidst this listing is this curious passage. "Salute Rufus the chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine" (Rom. 16:13). It is widely believed, due to certain ... read more »

Must We Do Something To Receive the Free Gift of Salvation?

"Paul says that we are 'freely' justified (Rom. 3:24), and later he describes salvation as a 'free gift' (Rom. 6:23). Why do some claim that one must 'do' something, such as be baptized, in order to be saved?" There are several factors to be considered in responding to this excellent question. Reflect upon the following: Salvation is wonderfully described in ... read more »

Does Divine Justification Exclude Human Obedience?

"A friend insists that the word 'justified' in the New Testament is in the passive voice, therefore, it is something that God does, not man. Therefore, a human action, such as baptism, couldn't be part of the justification process. Is this correct?" Your friend's argument could not be more incorrect. While the passive form "justified" emphasizes the fact that ultimately ... read more »

Should the Ten Commandments Be Posted?

"If the Ten Commandments were a 'ministration of death,' as the New Testament affirms (see 2 Cor. 3:7), why are so many people clamoring for these commandments to be posted in public places all over the country?" There are several issues in connection with this question that require some attention. The Ten Commandments were given by God to the Israelite ... read more »