Leon Morris tackles the complexities of faith and interpretation associated with the Epistle to the Romans in this substantial yet easy-to-read commentary, written to be intelligible to the layperson while also taking account of modern scholarship.
“The renewal of the mind enables the believer to discern what is good, what is pleasing to God, and what is perfect.23 And having discerned it, that same renewal sets him to the task of performing what is seen as the will of God.” (Page 436)
“Paul is saying that when the Holy Spirit comes into a person that person is liberated from bondage to evil and finds a new power within, a power that causes the defeat of sin and leads the liberated person into ways of goodness and love. Manson has an interesting summary of Paul’s teaching on various laws: ‘Moses’ law has right but not might; Sin’s law has might but not right; the law of the Spirit has both right and might.’” (Page 301)
“The decision is to be that of the Romans; the surrender to God must be completely willing.” (Page 432)
“The presence of the Spirit is the distinguishing mark of the Christian, and this presence means the defeat of the power of sin.” (Page 301)
“Paul is really saying not only that the Romans would find out that God’s will is good, but that having found out, they should put it into practice. He is arguing for the spiritual discernment that ascertains what God wants us to do and then sets itself to do it.” (Page 436)
Leon Morris (1914–2006) was a leading evangelical New Testament scholar. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in England. He was principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, retiring in 1979. He then served as visiting professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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