Romans is one of the best-known books in the Bible and likely the most famous letter in history, as it is the apostle Paul’s most systematic presentation of the gospel of Christ. In this expository commentary, J. V. Fesko considers this panoramic view of the breadth, height, and depth of divine grace. Fesko helps us understand both the big picture of Paul’s letters and also key passages in his writings by paying careful attention to the structure of redemptive history. Be edified as you read this survey of Romans, observing the consistent way the apostle exalted the glory of God as he called for the obedience of faith.
“Rather, his point is rhetorical. Paul compares the one act of Adam to the one ‘righteous act’ of Jesus. In this case, the likely solution is that Paul has in mind the entirety of Christ’s ministry (life, death, resurrection) as His one ‘righteous act.’” (Page 146)
“In other words, life in the church is not one of isolation and disconnection, with each person doing as he pleases. Life in the church is lived in community and connection with one another.” (Page 397)
“That Paul identifies Jesus as both the Messiah and the descendant of David tells the reader that Jesus is the embodiment of the fulfillment of God’s covenant promises to His people.” (Page 11)
“All too often Christians, especially in Reformed churches, value orthodoxy at the expense of orthopraxy; in simpler words, doctrinal precision trumps love.” (Page 395)
“the false teachers failed to realize that circumcision was not the source of Abraham’s right standing before God” (Page 100)
There are so many fine commentaries available today, but it’s great to have a reliable author you can turn to for solid Reformed reflections on Scripture. In this case, there are sixteen of them—friends and fellow shepherds who have given me great insight into God’s Word over the years. I’m looking forward eagerly to each one of these sermonic commentaries
—Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary California
The concept behind this series is a fascinating one and, given the list of authors, I am confident that the final product will not disappoint. This promises to be a great resource for churches seeking to know the Word of God more fully.
—Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College
This clear and accessible commentary helps to take away the intimidation factor in seeking to faithfully understand and teach the book of Romans. As a capable guide through this important book, Dr. Fesko looks back to bring in needed Old Testament context for Paul’s argument while also looking forward to bring out the eschatological nature of Paul’s hope.
—Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher and author, host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast
J.V. Fesko is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and is also academic dean and associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California.