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How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home


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In How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas explores Romans 8, which he calls “the best chapter in the Bible.” Here he finds an exposition of the steps through which God leads his people in the process of their salvation, but also loving counsel on such topics as prayer and resisting the Devil, as well as exhortations and comforts for weary pilgrims. Dr. Thomas begins at Romans 8:1 with “the best news imaginable”—believers’ just and deserved condemnation before God has been taken away by Jesus Christ’s work on the cross. He then contrasts earthly minded and spiritually minded people, showing that only those who are spiritually minded know life.

In Romans 8:29–30, he explores several steps in the process of salvation—foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification—which show God’s invincible purpose in redemption. Finally, he unfolds the powerful promise of the final few verses of Romans 8: nothing can separate those God has redeemed from his saving love. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is a powerful exploration of the manifold gifts the heavenly Father has lavished upon his people—and a preview of the greater inheritance that lies ahead.

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Key Features

  • Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • Preface by the author
  • Exploration of Romans 8
  • Counsel on various topics

Top Highlights

“The issue is not, ‘Have I done enough good to outweigh my lack of performance?’ On that account, I could never reach a state of assurance. Rather, the focus of our thinking must be, ‘Am I ‘in Christ?’ ’” (Page 12)

“The law says, ‘Do this and live,’ but we cannot. The problem lies in us, not in the law. The law is good but we are sinful. In other words, the law is ‘weakened by the flesh’ (Rom. 8:3). It is not the law that is at fault. The problem lies in our inability to do what the law demands.” (Page 5)

“The link between suffering and glory is more than chronological—suffering now, glory then. The link is causal: we can see glory only through suffering. First comes affliction, through which we are brought to the end of ourselves and forced to lean on our Savior. Then comes glory.” (Page 72)

“Life is the fruit, not the root, of justification.” (Page 50)

“More likely, however, Paul is stating (what he will elaborate on later in this chapter) that Christians, whose sins are forgiven, now live in holy, obedient gratitude for the grace they have received. Grateful law-keeping is the saved sinner’s response to received grace.14 The rest of our lives are a way of saying, ‘Thank you.’” (Page 13)

Product Details

  • Title: How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home
  • Author: Derek Thomas
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 142

Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at the Jackson campus of RTS. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his work at the seminary, he serves as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. In addition to serving in the pastorate, Derek has served as editor of the Evangelical Presbyterian, a monthly denominational magazine. A graduate of RTS in 1978, he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter in Calvin’s preaching on the book of Job. He has written or edited 15 books and has contributed to commentary series by Banner of Truth and Evangelical Press. He also co-edited Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, (P & R) with Philip Ryken and Ligon Duncan. In 2004, Derek Thomas became Editorial Director for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and the editor of its ezine, Reformation 21 (www.reformation21.org ). His interests include the music of Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner, and Gustav Mahler, and he has a passion for good coffee and blue cheese


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    Digital list price: $11.99
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