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Perhaps no other part of Scripture has had as profound an influence on the story of the Christian church as Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Luther said of Romans, ‘It can never be read or considered too much or too well, and the more it is handled, the more delightful it becomes and the better it tastes.’
This epistle is not a document intended only for the eyes of the seminary students or academics. It is not a treatise for theological experts. It is not a piece of specialized instruction for church officers, or a written lecture for preachers and pastors. It is a letter. And it is to ordinary people. Romans sets before us the gospel which the ordinary believer in the New Testament churches loved, and lived by. It is the gospel which was believed by the men and women, boys and girls who were saved by God’s grace there in Rome.
In this book the author aims to present a simple introduction to Romans for the ordinary reader today. His exposition goes straight to the heart of the passage, avoiding technicalities or obscure textural criticism.
A very good book that will serve as an excellent introduction to Romans. The book is split into three sections: 1. Chapters 1-5 The Gospel as it really is; 2. Chapters 6-11 What we are now; 3. Chapters 12-16 Living the christian life. A book that doesn't go into great technical details, but instead simply opens up and explains Paul's letter to us. Two points that are worth noting. The author favours the interpretation of chapter seven as a description of a christian who is struggling against sin. Also, in expounding chapter eleven, he teaches that 'all Israel' in v. 26 is a reference to 'spiritual Israel,' rather than 'natural Israel.' That is, the whole christian church, consisting of converted Jews and non-Jews. Although many may not agree with one, or either of these points, upon reading the authors' comments you will see why he arrives at these conclusions. To sum up then, this is a good, detailed overview of the Book of Romans.
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