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Forgiveness in the Book of Romans: Paul's Message of Forgiveness to the Romans

Updated on July 7, 2009
Discover the Apostle Paul's message about God's forgiveness in the Book of Romans.
Discover the Apostle Paul's message about God's forgiveness in the Book of Romans.

Forgiveness in Romans

After Paul presents the case for the sin nature of humanity, the Apostle builds a foundation for how Christians can find forgiveness for that sin through Jesus Christ in the Book of Romans.

With straightforward language, I believe the third through fifth chapter of the Book of Romans presents the principle of God’s forgiveness more effectively than the dozens of other scriptures about forgiveness.

Beginning in Romans 3:21, Paul tells the Roman Christians even though all will fall short of God’s law in their lifetime, everyone can still be forgiveness and attain everlasting life.

22We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ,” Paul writes. “And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”

Despite falling short of the kingdom of God, this message radically changed the way the Romans were taught about salvation. Rather than working hard to follow God’s law only to fail, now Paul came with the news that Jesus Christ came to pay the price for our sins.

Paul shares that God had sent Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for our sins and that by believing in him, we are afforded forgiveness and a path to heaven (Romans 3:25).

Then, Paul reminds us once again that none can boast that our deeds have garnered acceptance by God, but rather, “we are made right with God through faith.”

Careful to observe that the law was not unimportant, the Apostle says if Christians like Abraham were made to follow the law, it would be impossible to be saved by it (Romans 4:13).

16So the promise is received by faith,” Paul declares, “It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s.

As a result of this free gift, we can claim an abundance of peace, joy and favor for ourselves, just as the Roman Christians were instructed.

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand,” Paul writes in Romans 5:2, “and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”

Even in trials and tribulation, Paul begins in the third verse, faith in Jesus Christ provides an endurance that develops strength of character and confidence in our salvation.

In the Holy Ghost, the Apostle writes, our hears are filled with God’s love (Romans 5:5), which is only further illustrated by His sacrificing His only son who “6...came at just the right time and died for us sinners.”

Contrasting Adam from Christ in Romans 5:12-18, Paul writes how the first man to be created brought about sin and as a result, death spread to everyone as everyone sinned.

But, the only Son of God brought about payment for that sin, and as a result, live spread to all those who have faith in Christ even though we are guilty of many sins.

Are you feeling condemned today for not following God’s law to the letter? This portion of the Book of Romans shows us that we are not saved by our deeds, but by affirming our faith in Jesus Christ.

Remember to continuously give praise for God’s sacrifice of His only son, for without this sacrifice, the narrow path to heaven would be impossible to traverse.

Know that God’s goodness and peace is available to all of us, no matter who you are or where you have been! Repent of your sins, strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ and be assured of your salvation today.


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      3 years ago

      Although the article is about forgiveness, a closer look at the passages of Paul reveals that the word forgiveness is rarely mentioned by him (only three times).

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      5 years ago

      You mean I don't have to pay for expert advice like this anr?yoem!

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      Isaiah Michael 

      8 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Great hub I just wrote one on the law and grace from Romans by request of another hubber. This page was suggested on the side as one to read with it. I am glad I stopped in awesome job you did here

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Very nice and well written, thank you for this hub.

      It is always a blessing to read such encouragement.

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      9 years ago

      Why does Paul say he was not sent to be baptized. Doesn't saved by GRACE mean we don't need to be baptized. I am so confused.

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      M G 

      9 years ago

      Yes..God forgives even the worst of blessed.. :)

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Meetbrandon, Wonderful hub! As you stated: "Even in trials and tribulation, Paul begins in the third verse, faith in Jesus Christ provides an endurance that develops strength of character and confidence in our salvation."

      Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      Betty Bolden 

      10 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      great hub thank you

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      10 years ago from Bay Area California

      Nicely put! I appreciate how you gave a little historical background to this. It makes it more understandable. May I share a hub I wrote on Romans ch 12 with you?

      Thank you for letting your light shine in truth!!

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      Carrie Bradshaw 

      10 years ago from Manhattan

      Yes, this is a great word.  The grace of God is greater than all our sin, and so many avoid coming into the relationship with Jesus Christ because they are misled to think there are strings attached, laws we HAVE to keep to be righteous before God.  God gives us a new heart, and love is the basis now for everything we do, which is the opposite of selfishness.  Praise God!

      There were those in the book of Romans that were called antinomians, who taught that you could be saved by grace and still live any way you wanted--even continue to sin wilfully.  Jude 1:4 confirms these: "They turn the grace of our God into uncontrollable lust and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus the Messiah."

      The Law of Moses consisted of hundreds of commandments and ordinances, and the Rabbi's continued to add more throughout the generations.  Even today, churches add commandments and ordinances to the conditions of being saved by grace.  We need to be preaching salvation by grace, as you have done here, and the resulting change in us from self to God and others in love.  Praise God.


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