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The Gospel as it Really is: Romans Simply Explained

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Perhaps no other part of Scripture has had as profound an influence on the history of the Christian church as Paul's epistle to the Romans. Luther said of Romans, "It can never be read or considered too much or too well, and the more it is handled, the more delightful it becomes and the better it tastes."

In this book the author aims to present a simple introduction to Romans for the ordinary reader. His exposition gets straight to the heart of the passage, avoiding technicalities or obscure textual criticism.

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“By saying ‘all men’ Paul cannot possibly mean that every single person will be saved. His previous chapters have made it entirely plain that a large proportion of the human race will be condemned. He is arguing, rather, from the representative principle. Adam ruins all whom he represents. Christ brings justification of life to all whom he represents.” (Page 71)

“Paul is underlining the fact that no true believer is at peace with sin.” (Page 102)

“When we arrive at this point in the epistle, we now have a very clear picture of what a Christian is like. He is not ruled by sin (ch. 6), but nor is he free from sin (ch. 7). He knows nothing more of reigning sin (ch. 6), but none the less he is agonized by surviving sin (ch. 7). He is not the same as the unconverted. They are at peace with sin, but he is at war with it.” (Page 94)

“The teaching that God’s elect, Jews and Gentiles, are the true Israel of God is fundamental to a correct understanding of the gospel.” (Page 114)

“All professing Christians who have unchanged lives are not Christians at all.” (Page 85)

  • Title: The Gospel as it Really is: Romans Simply Explained
  • Author: Stuart Olyott
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • Series: Welwyn Commentary Series
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 128

Stuart Olyott is the pastoral director for the Evangelical Movement of Wales. He is also on the Council of Reference of the Biblical Creation Society. He has previously held pastorates in London, Liverpool, and Lausanne, and is the author of The Gospel as It Really Is, Alive in Christ, and A Life Worth Living.


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