It has been said that Paul’s letter to the Romans is the most complete, the most logical, and the clearest presentation of the Christian gospel to be found anywhere. If a Christian wishes to master any one book of the Bible, it should be Romans. It is a key to the proper understanding of the rest of the New Testament.
The letter explains many of the great words of salvation, each expressing a different aspect of God’s gracious work on behalf of His people: redemption, justification, adoption, sanctification, etc.
Romans is also a practical book, showing us how to live in victory over sin, how to live in healthy relationships with one another, and how to use our spiritual gifts in serving God.
William Barclay wrote, “Romans is the nearest approach to a systematic exposition of Paul’s own theological position.” The book led to the conversion of a young philosopher who became a Christian as he read it, a church father we know as Augustine.
500 years ago Martin Luther launched the Reformation on Romans 1:17, “the just shall live by faith.” John Wesley, a leader of a religious awakening in 18th century England, was converted through listening to someone read Luther’s commentary on Romans.
An understanding of the message of Romans can be a powerful safeguard against error. Paul wanted to send to the believers living in the capitol of the Roman empire, a foundational explanation of Christian truth. This would build them up so false teaching could not tear down their faith. It would inoculate them against the spiritual infection of heresy. It would be a strong defense against attacks of doubt and uncertainty.
Romans can do the same for us. That is why we are studying it together in our Sunday worship services. Be in your place at 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. this Lord’s Day as we explore Romans 3:1-20.