It was customary in Paul’s day when one wrote a letter to sign his name at the beginning. Paul identifies himself as “an apostle separated unto the gospel of God.” He said that Jesus Christ was declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead. Here is the supreme miracle which is the cornerstone of the whole Christian system. That Jesus died, was, buried, and arose again, are great fundamental facts of the gospel. (I Corinthians 15:1-3).
Paul then gave a personal salutation to the church in Rome. He stated that their faith had been spoken of throughout the whole world (verse 8). Paul longed to visit the church at Rome that he might impart to them some spiritual gifts. Only an inspired man could give spiritual gifts. Those gifts were needed then because the New Testament had not been completed. In Rome were all classes of people: Greeks, Barbarians, wise and unwise. Paul was ready to preach the gospel to all of them. He was not ashamed of the gospel because the power of God unto salvation is revealed in the gospel. Paul wanted to preach the gospel both to members of the church and to outsiders as well. He said that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel but the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness.