• You cannot read [the book of Romans] without it affecting your heart and your faith. Samuel T. Coleridge called it “one of the most profound books in existence.” F. Godet referred to Romans as “the greatest masterpiece which the human mind has ever conceived and realized,” and called it “the cathedral of the Christian faith.’ F. B. Meyer regarded Romans as “the greatest and richest of all the apostolic works.” Jensen called Romans, “Paul’s masterpiece,” while Findlay referred to it as “Paul’s magnum opus.” Baxter regarded Romans as “the charter of evangelical Christianity,” and Griffith-Thomas stated, “A thorough study of this epistle is really a theological education in itself.” Godet was convinced, “the probability is that every great spiritual revival in the church will be connected as effect and cause with a deeper understanding of this book.” Even within the last century, this has been proved. When the Swiss theologian, Karl Barth published his book, The Epistle to the Romans in 1919, it created a theological tsunami that overwhelmed the liberalism of Europe in the twentieth century. The impact of [Romans] on the history of Christianity has been phenomenal. Maybe more than any other portion of Scripture, Paul’s letter to the church in Rome has sparked revelation and renewal in the church of Jesus Christ. So this begins our inspection of this amazing letter to the Church of Jesus Christ! ~N.H. Hoekes, from the introduction to a study on Romans
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