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Intro to Romans – Significance


Romans Chapter Slides.Intro As mentioned in the last post, the impact of this book throughout history is extremely significant. So much so, that it is not an exaggeration to say that Western Civilization, in the very fabric of its being, bares an unmistakable imprint that has been left by the book of Romans.

Let’s take a look at what others have said about it

Commentator, Frédéric Godet

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“The cathedral of the Christian faith.”

 

Poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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“the profoundest book in existence.”

 

A preacher in the early Church, Chrysostom had it read to him twice a week.

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Reformer, Martin Luther

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“This Epistle is the chief work of the New Testament, the purest gospel. It deserves not only to be known word for word by every Christian, but to be the subject of his meditation day by day, the daily bread of his soul. The more time one spends upon it, the more precious it becomes and the better it appears.”

 

Preacher, Teacher, and Commentator, J. Vernon McGee

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“As we approach this great epistle, I feel totally inadequate because of its great theme, which is the righteousness of God. It is a message that I have attempted over the years to proclaim. And it is the message, by the way, that the world today as a whole does not want to hear, nor does it want to accept it. The world likes to hear, friend, about the glory of mankind. It likes to have mankind rather than God exalted. Now I am convinced in my own mind that any ministry today that attempts to teach the glory of man—which does not present the total depravity of the human family and does not reveal that man is totally corrupt and is a ruined creature, any teaching that does not deal with this great truth—will not lift mankind, nor will it offer a remedy. The only remedy for man’s sin is the perfect remedy that we have in Christ, that which God has provided for a lost race. This is the great message of Romans.”

 

In order to make it thoroughly his own, Phillip Melanchthon (German Reformer and collaborator with Martin Luther) copied it twice with his own hand.

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Preacher, Ray Stedman

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“The Epistle of Paul to the Romans is undoubtedly the most powerful human document that has ever been written. It is pure gold from beginning to end. This is the book that lit the fire in Martin Luther’s heart and brought about the Protestant Reformation, changing the history of Europe, as well as the world. This is the book that struck home as John Wesley sat in a little chapel in London listening to Luther’s Prelude to the Epistle to the Romans. Wesley said his heart was strangely warmed as he heard the truths of Romans set forth. There followed, through him, the great evangelical awakening that saved England from the fate of France and arrested the decay of English life, completely altering the history of the world again.”

 

The Bible Believer’s Commentary

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“Romans is a classic. To the unsaved it offers a clear exposition of their sinful, lost condition and God’s righteous plan for saving them. New believers learn of their identification with Christ and of victory through the power of the Holy Spirit. Mature believers find never-ending delight in its wide spectrum of Christian truth: doctrinal, prophetical, and practical.”

So we see, the benefit of going through Romans cannot be overstated! As we continue our preparation to approach the contents of this great book we would do well to follow J. Vernon McGee’s advice:

“Let me urge you to do something that will pay you amazing dividends: read the Book of Romans, and read it regularly. This epistle requires all the mental make-up we have, and in addition, it must be bathed in prayer and supplication so that the Holy Spirit can teach us. Yet every Christian should make an effort to know Romans, for this book will ground the believer in the faith.”


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  1. […] by studying history, we know that this book has made an almost incomprehensible impact on western civilization. We understand that this book is also a literary wonder – a masterpiece that the great poet, […]

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