Romans 1:2 NASB
“which He promised beforehand through His Prophets in the Holy Scriptures,”
God had promised the gospel to those who would have faith in Him. His promise is eternal, and it came long before Paul was alive. The prophets spoke of the Messiah who would come and save Israel and this promise of the gospel of Jesus Christ is what was promised and prophesied of. Paul is appealing to a mainly Jewish readership and uses the Holy Scriptures as the basis for his arguments and pleas. These Jewish readers who have confessed Jesus as their Lord and Savior unmistakably understand the gravity of where Paul is going with this letter. Though it is simply an introduction, he is laying the ground work for his dogmatic theology. First; the promise of God for the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ, second; this centuries old prophecy has been fulfilled which the Prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah foretold, third this all ties in to the written Word of God. The Holy Scriptures is still Holy and true. Jesus didn’t nullify the Scriptures, He simply fulfilled them. Paul isn’t trying to strip his Jewish brother and sisters of their long heritage. No! In fact, he is reinforcing their heritage and long history of faith in God with the promised Messiah. Later on in the letter we will see more about how the Old Covenant God created with Israel has been replaced with a New Covenant. Again, this replacement of the Old Covenant doesn’t make the “Old Testament” invalid or useless. Without the Old Testament we wouldn’t have a proper understanding of the fall of man and sin, the Mosaic and Levitical Laws that gave us a moral measuring rod and a premonition of what was to come, the Prophets who pointed us toward the coming of Jesus and the New Covenant God would make with His people. This appeal Paul makes to the Holy Scriptures should not only solidify uncompromising faith in God’s words to us but should also be an encouragement to search scriptures and to know and understand these promises and prophecies God has made. We can be confident that His Word stands true and is a guide to our salvation.