starting over on the fundamentals

So, after a brief absence, I’m going to try to tackle my promised topic of “the fundamentals”, once again. Instead of trying to come at it as I had previously planned, I intend instead to exegete my way through the Book of Romans. It’s going to be hard, but I’m willing to give it a run.

So why Romans? Because Romans is the pinnacle of the Bible. It’s all there; every major Christian doctrine is touched on in Paul’s epistle to the Romans.

“All of the main biblical themes are brought together in Romans and put on display in a single panoramic sweep.” — J.I. Packer

In Romans we find God, man, sin, grace, law, judgement, the plan of salvation, election, reprobation, the role and work of Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, faith, works, creation, redemption, revelation, justification, sanctification, the Christian hope, the nature of the Church, the place of both Jew and Gentile in God’s service, the philosophy of church and world history, the meaning and message of the Old Testament, the significance of baptism, the principles of personal devotion, ethics, and Christian fellowship, the profiles of godliness and ungodliness…they’re all here – totally connected up.

It’s no wonder that John Calvin wrote that if one understands Romans one has

“a sure road opened to an understanding of the whole of Scripture.”

It’s also no wonder that John Chrysostom, the fifth-century bishop of Antioch, had Romans read aloud to him once a week. Romans is the height of Christian theology.

For this project, I’ll be using 3 primary sources:

  1. Commentary on Romans, by John MacArthur
  2. Commentary on Romans, by Charles Hodge
  3. Commentary on Romans, by Martin Luther

Hopefully we’ll get a pretty good look at the theology contained in Romans from the point of view of 3 theologians spanning 400 years of Christianity.

Pray for me, and we’ll start up tomorrow.

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