The Point of Romans 1-3

In Harry Ironside’s commentary on Romans, he says, “The theme of the Epistle is the Righteousness of God.” If you don’t see that righteousness is the main theme of Romans, the book will remain obscure.

Romans 1 and 2 develop the idea that righteousness is a key factor in your arrival in heaven. The righteousness of God has been revealed from faith to faith, and the just (those who have been made right) live by faith (1:17).

God’s righteousness is a requirement for salvation and this righteousness is not hidden, it has been revealed. Notice he didn’t say it has just now been revealed! It’s been around since the beginning.

The problem is that the unrighteousness of men deserves the wrath of God (1:18), and all Man is filled with unrighteousness (1:29).

God is righteous and He judges righteous judgment (2:5). His righteous judgment says that people who persist in unrighteousness get tribulation, anguish, indignation and wrath (2:8-9). This is true for both Jews and Gentiles.

But it is equally true that any Jew or Gentile that does good receives glory, honor and immortality—eternal life (2:10). Sounds easy enough, until we hit Romans 3, “There is none righteous, no, not even one!”

The answer is not to flee to the law to try to do works of righteousness. Nope, the answer is to get the “the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe” (3:22).

Faith in His blood is the answer for all sins and to attain the righteousness of God (3:25). Christ’s blood provides God the way to justify the unrighteous (3:26).

2 thoughts on “The Point of Romans 1-3”

  1. Your quote: Romans 1 and 2 develop the idea that righteousness is a key factor in your arrival in heaven.

    Where in “the world” did you read that statement in Romans? I looked and looked and could not find it. Please show me. Only the Father, his son, and the angels are, and perhaps the powers of the air, (whoever they may be) Even King David is still in his tomb. I do read in God’s word that He and his Son will establish his Kingdom on the earth and someday even create a new heaven and earth.

    Your quote: God’s righteousness is a requirement for salvation and this righteousness is not hidden, it has been revealed. Notice he didn’t say it has just now been revealed! It’s been around since the beginning.

    You are correct as that is what YHWH says in Isaiah 46:10

  2. Romans 2:5-13
    But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

    6Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

    7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

    8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

    9Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

    10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

    11For there is no respect of persons with God.

    12For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

    13(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

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