• 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

  • When you begin to read your Bible, how do you pray? Do you open the pages and say, “Lord, show me yourself?” The Bible isn’t merely a book to read just so you can learn what is going in the world. It isn’t merely a book to read so you can receive guidelines on how to treat your wife and kids. The Scriptures are designed to lead you to stand in the presence of the Living God, to feel Him, to know Him, to sense His love, His wisdom, His strength, His might, His incredible grasp of circumstances, His control of human events, and to empower you to understand your relationship to Him, to have Him stand in your presence living, breathing, compassionate. That is what the Scriptures are for. That is the wonder of the Scriptures. No other book has that quality. Christ can step out of the pages and be a Living Presence in your life and heart. All you have to do is pray and ask Him to give you that spirit of wisdom and of revelation. Because it will not come any other way . . . if your Bible study time is dull and dreary, take that as a hint and begin to pray that it will come alive, that you can know your Father. Remember what Jesus prayed: “Father, I thank you for our relationship, and I pray that men may know you, the only true God, for this is eternal life” (John 17:3). And if you want life — life with that quality of abundance which characterizes Yahweh — then that is the way to have it. It comes with knowing Him, knowing who He is and what He is like ~N.H. Hoekes

  • Each believer, you and the fella sitting next to you possess everything you will ever need, simply because you have Christ. In Him is every spiritual blessing and everything that pertains to life and godliness. Right now, not when we reach Glory, but now, in our everyday, normal life, we have what it takes to live life as God intended. Any failure we may experience is not because we are lacking anything, but because we have not appropriated what is already ours! No, I am not saying that it is a lack of faith, perse, but rather, a lack of knowledge. We don’t know, what we don’t know. ~N.H. Hoekes

  • [I]f we are no longer willing to cooperate with the prompting of Holy Spirit, anyone of us can be fooled into following the devil’s deceptions. ~N.H. Hoekes

  • One of the worst things is happening in our churches, today. We are we being puffed up and entertained, instead of increasing our faith and devotion. Our natural desires are being satisfied, instead of our spirits being challenged. This is something to need to address before our Lord removes our candlestick for good. ~N.H. Hoekes

  • In Psalm 77, the psalmist was letting his mind meander around on negative thoughts and, as a result, he was flat out, miserable. Finally, he got a hold of himself and brought his thoughts back to God and remembered all the wonders He had done, and suddenly his attitude was changed! But that is no different than us. Sometimes we all follow similar patterns. We look at ourselves, our failures, our weaknesses . . . and, feel miserable. But then, we regain our direction and suddenly remember to look to Yahweh and bring the joy back into our lives. ~N.H. Hoekes