Romans 1:8-15 would be classified as the thanksgiving section of Paulâ€™s letter to the Romans. In the first seven verses of his letter, Paul laid out a general framework of the gospel. What we saw in the last lesson was the gospel was promised through Godâ€™s prophets in the holy scriptures. This message concerned the reconciliation of Israel to God, God dwelling with his people, and return from exile. Paul further develops the gospel concept by pointing out that Jesus is the fulfillment of the gospelâ€™s promise. Jesus is Israelâ€™s messiah. Jesus in the way Israel would be reconciled to God. Jesus is the way people are restored to God. But Jesus is not simply Israelâ€™s messiah.
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