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Rom 1:18–2:11: Universal Sinfulness Of Humans And God's Impartial Judgment

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Paul begins the body of his letter with the articulation of the sinfulness of humans and God's judgment against them. The external and internal evidence for grouping, makes one think that Rom 1:18-32 and 2:1- 11 have a relation, and consist of a larger discourse unit, a section. After introducing the overall description and the content of the gospel in Rom 1:16-17, Paul begins to explain his gospel by touching on the universal sinfulness of humans, which brings God's wrath. As the beginning point of the actual explanation of Paul's gospel, v. 18 works not only to illustrate that God's wrath or judgment is a part of his gospel, but also to bring some important themes in his gospel to the fore, such as God's righteousness, salvation, and faith. The focus of Rom 1:18-32 seems to be the sinfulness of all humans, which causes God's wrath, including Jews and Gentiles.

Keywords: Gentile; God's impartial judgment; Jew; Paul's gospel; Rom 1:18-2:11; sinfulness of human



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