The book of Romans has been influential in critical moments of the Church history. In the early church, Paul's words in this book were the means of the conversion of Augustine. During the Protestant Reformation they particularly influenced Martin Luther and John Calvin. Later, in the evangelical revival of the eighteenth century, they changed the lives of George Whitefield and John Wesley. But it is not only those who have become leaders in the church who have been affected by the epistle to the Romans. Ordinary Christians, too, have lived transformed lives as a result. People have often turned to the letter to the Church in Rome because Paul clearly sets out a theological framework for us to understand. It is a comprehensive description of the way that God offers salvation to humankind—and it is 'Good News.'
“There are principles that are not too difficult to discern, but the application of those principles can be extremely difficult at times.” (Page 213)
“Two things are mentioned that provoke God to this intense anger: godlessness and wickedness. Godlessness has to do with our attitudes toward God. Wickedness has to do with how we behave towards our fellow men.” (Page 29)
“Because until we understand the prior revelation of the wrath of God, we will never get excited about the revelation of the grace of God.” (Page 28)
“The problem with man is not so much a lack of knowledge of God, as it is a refusal to acknowledge God, which at the bottom line is a question of moral honesty and integrity. Paul is saying that man begins his intellectual quest by refusing to acknowledge what he knows to be true. That’s what provokes God to anger.” (Page 33)
“Paul had learned that man is only free when he becomes a slave to Christ. Outwith Christ, he is a slave to sin; but when enslaved to Christ, he knows the royal liberation that only Christ can bring. Paul, in citing his own credentials, regards as his highest virtue that he is a slave of Jesus Christ.” (Page 16)
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