Between the lines of Paul's apostle letters lies a zealous man who once persecuted the followers of Jesus. On the road to Damascus, Paul is surrounding by a blinding light and falls to the ground as he hears the voice of God calling his name. After this startling turn of events, Paul becomes an evangelist for Jesus and his unconditional love.
In this monologue, the Romans have given Paul one last chance to tell his story to his churches (the audience) before he's put to death, and these parting words are an important way to ensure that the churches live on. Paul explains that during his early life, he was an intense, scholarly man who held the Jewish cultural belief that through hard work comes reward. He was angry at the Christians because he disdained their beliefs in mercy and grace. But after Paul's life-changing conversion, he began to spread God's message of all-forgiving Grace. He leaves his churches with the wisdom that will sustain them once he is gone: "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal."