Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 213
Context: The apostle Paul, addressing the followers of Christ in Rome, asserts that all people need salvation from sin through Jesus. The Gentiles follow idolatry and all forms of lust and sinfulness; the Jews, though they strive to keep the laws given by God, are unable to fulfill the laws completely, and they, too, need God's gift of salvation through Christ. Jesus carried the sinfulness of mankind to the grave in His death: Man's sin, incapable of being resurrected to eternal life, died; hence, Christ rose from the dead, purified, into eternal life. Believers in Jesus, by their baptism, also bury sinfulness and receive purified, eternal life. Paul urges the Christians not to be worried about their salvation:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
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