Few individual books of the Bible have changed the course of church history the way Paul’s letter to the Romans has. Whether we think of Augustine’s conversion in the fourth century, Luther’s recovery of justification by faith in the sixteenth or Barth’s challenge to reestablish the primacy of theological exegesis of the Bible in the twentieth, Romans has been the catalyst to personal spiritual renewal and the recapturing of gospel basics.
Paul, in seeking to bring unity and understanding between Jews and Gentiles in Rome, sets forth his most profound explication of the gospel and its meaning for the church. The letter’s relevance is as great today as it was in the first century.
In this careful study of Romans, readers will find an introduction that sets the letter in context and surveys its general content, highlighting issues surrounding its authorship, date, occasion and purpose. Passage-by-passage commentary follows that explains what the letter means to us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.
Students, pastors, Bible teachers and everyone who wants to understand Paul’s message for the church will benefit from this excellent resource.
“The verb means to ‘return, render, recompense’ and signifies equal pay for equal work. This does not contradict Paul’s emphasis on the free gift of salvation (e.g., Eph 2:8–9).” (Page 64)
“The Spirit must take control of every aspect of our life and direct it toward God rather than toward the world (as in the case of 7:14–25, when we take charge of our own lives). This is almost a definition of the victorious Christian life: the extent to which the Spirit is governing our actions determines the extent to which we are progressing in our sanctification.” (Page 204)
“So Paul is saying that we will have a proper humility when we examine ourselves in keeping with the different gifts God has apportioned to us. There can be no pride, for all gifts are equally important to God and must be received by faith.” (Page 324)
“that Paul uses his own experience to describe the basic human situation” (Page 174)
“Of course this does not mean that sin no longer affects the believer, for Christians do yield to sin. But sin has now become a force tempting us rather than a power controlling us (as in the old self/new self passages; cf. v. 6 below).” (Page 149)