A Commentary on Romans
Why would Paul write his longest letter to a church he had not founded or even visited? This expositor believes the answer lies in its history, culminating in a major crisis which could have split the whole church into two denominations. Originally Jewish (Acts 2:10-11), it soon attracted Gentiles, who were left on their own when Claudius evicted all Jews (Acts 18:2). In their absence a teaching emerged which we now know as 'Replacement Theology', believing that God has rejected the Jews and turned instead to the Christian Church as his chosen people on earth, a view which, alas, is now widespread. Paul's carefully argued answer shows how much believing Jews and Gentiles have in common, both in sin and salvation, in flesh and Spirit. This approach treats 'Chapters 9-11', (divisions never in his letter) as an integral part of his appeal, reaching its climax in a threefold challenge to the arrogance of the Gentile believers in Rome (11:18, 20, 25) in not warmly welcoming back into the fellowship the Jews who were allowed to return under Nero. This 'key' unlocks the whole epistle, from the solemn warning that believers can lose their salvation (11:20-22) to the careful instruction on how to live with 'disputable matters' such as diet and days (14:1 - 15:13); and ends with so many commands to greet each other with 'a holy kiss' (16:16). However, as with most of Paul's practical counsel, all this is firmly rooted in sound 'gospel' theology.
- Paperback | 410 pages
- 133.35 x 203.2 x 23.62mm | 548.84g
- 18 Sep 2013
- Anchor Recordings
- Ashford, United Kingdom
About David Pawson
David Pawson: born in 1930, was the son of a Methodist minister, his grandfather, a Professor of Agriculture. He began his career with a degree in Agriculture at Durham University. After completing an MA in Theology at Cambridge University, David became a chaplain in the Royal Air Force, before pastoring a number of churches in England including the Millmead Centre in Guildford which became a model for many UK church pastors. In 1979 David left Millmead to develop a wider international Bible teaching ministry. Millions of copies of his 'Unlocking the Bible' teachings have been distributed to over 120 countries. He is a writer who speaks with clarity and uncompromising faithfulness to the Scriptures. He is widely considered to be one of the world's nest biblical expositors alive today."