Following the Argument of Romans

Robert Jewett

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1986

Issue: Romans (Vol. 6, No 4, Fall, 1986)

As evident in the introduction and conclusion of the letter, Paul aims to provide a theological argument that will unify the competing house churches in Rome so that they will cooperate in the Spanish mission. Conflicts between the “weak” and “strong” (Rom 14:1-15:7), involving tensions between Jewish Christians and gentile Christians, conservatives and liberals, jeopardize this mission.3 The cautious manner in which Paul refers to his intended visit (1:9-15) and to the help he needs from the Roman churches (15:22-29) is consistently ambassadorial, aimed at appealing to various sides in Rome. The thesis of Romans concerning the gospel as the “power of God” to achieve the purpose of divine righteousness (1:16-17) is integrally related to the scheme of world mission (15:8-13), which Paul now hopes to extend to the traditional end of the world, Spain.

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