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Rom 1:2 Which He promised beforehand through His Prophets in the holy scriptures ESV.
The gospel that Paul had separated himself unto, had been promised beforehand in O.T. scripture. The prophesies of God in the O.T. are by very nature promises of what God is going to do. The gospel we have is in reality nothing new, but is as old as the Book! It is the same message that was preached to Adam, Abraham, Moses, David. We are now living in the fulfillment of those times. In other words the gospel that was promised to them has now been given to us. See 1 Pet 1:10-12.
The term Prophets here is more broader in scope to how we often use it, when we refer to certain divisions of our Bibles, but it is referring to all of the O.T. The earlier as well as the latter Prophets.
God has spoken through the Prophets in the Holy scriptures. Note where God is found to be found speaking, it is in the holy scriptures. We may find sure words there! TO live by the scriptures is to live by thus saith the Lord! It is there where we find Gods authoritative directives.