The apostle Paul had never been to Rome when he wrote the letter to the Romans from the Greek city of Corinth in AD 57. Today it stands as the clearest and most systematic presentation of Christian principles in the Scriptures.
He began the letter by discussing the PROBLEM which is most easily observable in the world—the sinfulness of all humanity. All people have been condemned due to our rebellion against God.
He then moves to the PROVISION, as God in His grace offers us justification by faith in His Son, Jesus. When we are justified by God, we receive redemption, or salvation, because Christ’s blood covers our sin.
But Paul made it clear that the believer’s relationship with God doesn’t stop with salvation; it is a life-long PURSUIT of being transformed into Christ-likeness.