Our culture does not encourage thoughtful reflection on truth. Yet living the gospel in a postmodern culture demands that Christians understand and internalize the truth about God and his plan for the world. Paul's letter to the Romans remains one of the most important expressions of Christian truth ever written. Its message forces us to evaluate who we are, who God is, and what our place in this world ought to be. Going beyond the usual commentary, this volume brings the meaning of Paul's great letter into the twenty-first century. Douglas Moo comments on the text and then explores issues in Paul's culture and in ours that help us understand the ultimate meaning of each paragraph. A final section suggests ways in which the eternal theology of Romans can be understood and lived out in our modern culture.
“God’s reaction to sin is not the ‘anger’ of an emotional person; it is the necessary reaction of a holy God to sin” (Page 60)
“Worship is the way we live, not what we do on Sunday morning” (Page 397)
“Only by fully understanding the ‘bad news’ can we appreciate the ‘good news.’” (Page 59)
“So faith and obedience are two sides of the same coin. They must be distinguished, but they cannot be separated.” (Page 42)
“But the various purposes share a common denominator: Paul’s missionary situation.15 The past battles to define and defend the gospel, the coming crisis in Jerusalem, the need to secure a logistical base for his outreach in Spain, the importance of unifying the Roman Christians around a common vision of the gospel—all these specific purposes conspire to lead Paul to rehearse his understanding of the gospel.” (Page 23)
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