When in Rome!

When in Rome!

‘The tumult of my heart took me out into the garden’, he wrote later in his Confessions, ‘where no-one could interfere with the burning struggle with myself in which I was engaged … I was twisting and turning in my chains … I threw myself down somehow under a certain fig tree, and let my tears flow freely.’ Suddenly I heard a voice from the nearby house chanting as if it might be a boy or a girl … saying and repeating over and over again ‘Pick up and read, pick up and read.’… I interpreted it solely as a divine command to me to open the book and read the first chapter I might find … So I hurried back to the place where … I had put down the book of the apostle when I got up. I seized it, opened it and in silence read the first passage on which my eye lit:

Romans 13:13-14

I neither wished nor needed to read further. At once, with the last words of this sentence, it was as if a light of relief from all anxiety flooded into my heart. All the shadows of doubt were dispelled.


Romans 1:17

I labored diligently and anxiously as to how to understand Paul’s word … the expression ‘the righteousness of God’ blocked the way, because I took it to mean that righteousness whereby God is righteous and deals righteously in punishing the unrighteous. Although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner … therefore I did not love a righteous and angry God, but rather hated and murmured against him … Then I grasped that the righteousness of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us by faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise … I broke through. And as I had formerly hated the expression ‘the righteousness of God,’ I now began to regard it as my dearest and most comforting word.

Martin Luther

The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof Grace–bottle after bottle of pure distilate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the Gospel–after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps–suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started…Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, not the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.

Robert Farrar Capon

It [Romans] is the true masterpiece of the New Testament, and the very purest Gospel, which is well worthy and deserving that a Christian man should not only learn it by heart, word for word, but also that he should daily deal with it as the daily bread of men’s souls. For it can never be too much or too well read or studied; and the more it is handled the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.

Martin Luther

If we have gained a true understanding of this Epistle, we have an open door to all the most profound treasures of Scripture.

John Calvin

No book has had such a powerful impact on my life as the book of Romans.

R.C. Sproul

Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome can be called many things. Clearly, this became his magnum opus. It is the first systematic theology of the Christian faith. This letter may be considered the believer’s constitution—the Christian Magna Carta. We might even call it a manifesto of the new kingdom, for it not only declares our essential beliefs, it establishes our agenda as Christ’s disciples.

Charles Swindoll

Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome is his masterpiece. It covers many different topics from many different angles, bringing them all together into a fast-moving and compelling line of thought. Reading it sometimes feels like being swept along in a small boat on a swirling, bubbling river. We need to hold on tight if we’re going to stay on board. But if we do, the energy and excitement of it all is unbeatable.

N.T Wright

We cling to man-centered, need-oriented teaching. And our churches show it! They are successful in worldly terms—big buildings, big budgets, big everything—but they suffer from a poverty of soul. All this means, in my judgment at least, that it is time to get back to the basic, life-transforming doctrines of Christianity—which is to say that it is time to rediscover Romans.

James Boice

Romans is the constitution for the church.

Tony Evans

Romans 1:1

Acts 2:10

Romans 1:16

Romans 1:2

Luke 24:44-45

Philippians 2:9-11

Hammer away, ye hostile hands; your hammers fail, God’s anvil stands.

Romans 1:2-6

Obedience doesn’t lead to freedom. Freedom leads to obedience. If you get that backwards you lose both your freedom and eventually your obedience.

Steve Brown

Romans 1:7

Matthew 6:24

Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship… is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough… Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you… Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is… they’re unconscious. They are default settings.

David Foster Wallace

Whoever wants half of Christ loses the whole.

John Calvin

Romans 1:5

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