The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best in biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from interpretation to communication of each book of Scripture. The six pages of focused commentary in each preaching unit allow pastors to quickly grasp the most important information in each discussion. Every unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text, along with full-color images. C. Marvin Pate’s volume on the book of Romans will inform and inspire pastors to make Paul’s vital message to the Christians in Rome both understandable in its context and applicable to our lives today.
“First, the Holy Spirit is the key to the Christian life, blessing the believer with justification, obedience, indwelling, and the hope of the resurrection, confirming inclusion in God’s family, and making Christians participants in the heavenly inheritance. These blessings of the new covenant far outdo the failures of the old covenant. Second, Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection and the Holy Spirit’s residence in believers grant them unparalleled spiritual intimacy with God as their Father, even as Abba.” (Page 169)
“First, Christian commitment is based on God’s mercy. The imperative proceeds from the indicative. Second, serving Christ is a sacrifice; it means a daily decision to part company with this age and to align oneself with the age to come, the kingdom of God. Third, the key to it all is to continually renew one’s mind to think the thoughts of God. Fourth, doing the will of God is worth the effort, for God’s will is the only way to go.” (Page 237)
“In 1:21–24 there is an implied connection between idolatry and immorality. The bottom line for Paul is that God’s wrath upon those who reject him as the Creator often takes the form of letting people suffer the consequences of getting what they want. To put it another way, we become like that which we worship.” (Page 37)
“Paul was a product of three worlds: Greco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian” (Page 1)
As a teacher and preacher of Romans, I am grateful for Dr. Marvin Pate's excellent resource in Baker's Teach the Text Commentary Series. I have searched long and hard for the right commentary to recommend to my undergraduate students and zealous parishioners. Now I will look no further! I read everything that Dr. Pate writes because he is not only a world-class scholar but also a pastoral practitioner. I have found his treatment of the Epistle of Romans to be the perfect blend of scholarship and application. I will use it as my required textbook and recommend it broadly.
Keith R. Krell, Senior Pastor at Crossroads Bible Church, Bellevue, WA
C. Marvin Pate, who serves as both pastor and professor, is ideally suited to write an exegetical commentary for pastors. . . . This volume offers precise exegesis in accessible language with an eye toward teaching and applying the text.
Trent Rogers, Trinity Journal
C. Marvin Pate (MA, Wheaton; PhD, Marquette University) taught for 13 years at Moody Bible Institute. Now he is chair of the Department of Christian Theology and professor of theology at Ouachita Baptist University. Pate has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, including Four Views on the Book of Revelation, The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse, and Teach the Text Commentary: Romans from Teach the Text Commentary Series.
Focused Biblical Scholarship to Teach the Text Effectively
The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By providing focused commentary, this volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage; sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text; and full-color illustrations, maps, and photos.