My post a few days ago regarding the proper interpretation of Romans 8 has inspired me to do a more thorough devotional-esque study of Romans. Obviously this will be a “high level” commentary rather than something in great depth, due to the limits of the blogosphere and my attention span. But still, much good can come from it.
Paul’s Letter to the Romans is, I could argue, the clearest presentation of the Gospel, beginning to end, in the entire Bible. I consider this to be the foundational work that Christians should understand in order to speak intelligently with regard to Law and Grace, salvation and the lost.
One note I must make, though, is that we will be reading through it without reference to chapters or verses. One of my personal pet peeves, frankly, is trying to read the Bible through the chapter/verse breakdown. Make no mistake: Paul and James and Peter were not writing little “1s” and “2s” in the upper corner of each line when they were writing Scripture. The original manuscripts had no such artificial divisions. The chapter and verse divisions were added in the Middle Ages by monks, to aid in the copying of the manuscripts. But though it may have helped in reproduction of the text, it hurts the actual reading of the text. The chapter divisions rarely end at locations which make sense within the structure of the literature. So a certain point in the writing might run from, say, chapter 3 verse 17 until chapter 6 verse 2. All of that might be one coherent thought. But because we break it up and read in Chinese-fortune-cookie-sized bites, one verse at a time, Christians frequently fail to see how the overall context ties passages together. If we study the Bible with regard to its literary structural context, we find that many false theologies and theological arguments go away.
So, over the next several posts we will study through Romans. We will follow it one logical “section” of writing at a time, reading the actual text and studying some of the subtleties as well. Please join me in this study.
(Unless otherwise stated, all quotations from Scripture are from the ESV translation).
REBOOT’S STUDY OF ROMANS, PART I: INTRODUCTION (Historical context and Rom 1:1-17)
REBOOT’S STUDY OF ROMANS, PART II: SIN AND THE LAW (Rom 1:18-3:20)
REBOOT’S STUDY OF ROMANS, PART III: JUSTIFICATION (Rom 3:21-5:21)
REBOOT’S STUDY OF ROMANS, PART IV: SIMULTANEOUSLY SINNER AND JUSTIFIED (Rom 6:1-8:39)
REBOOT’S STUDY OF ROMANS, PART V: JEWS AND THE NEW COVENANT (Rom 9:1-11:12)
REBOOT’S STUDY OF ROMANS, PART VI: GENTILES AND THE NEW COVENANT (Rom 11:13-15:21)
REBOOT’S STUDY OF ROMANS, PART VII: CONCLUSIONS (Rom 15:22-16:27)