The Epistle to the Romans

by Neville Clark at TTG Bible Class.

Reading Romans 16
Introduction to the book of Romans

It was 1534, when commenting on the book of Romans, that William Tyndale called it “the Principle and most excellent part of the New Testament, “the light and way into the whole Scripture,” he said, “no man can ever read it too oft or study it too well, for the more he would study the easier it is, the more it is cleaved, the pleasanter it is, the more groundly it is searched, the preciouser the things that are found in it, so great treasure of spiritual things lieth therein.”

Well, they are Tyndale’s words in 1534, and there is no doubt this is one of the most profound of all Paul’s writings, unique you know in a number of significant ways. It differs from most of Paul’s other letters in that he did not establish this ecclesia. In fact at the time that he wrote this letter to the Romans here he had never even been to Rome, much less to the ecclesia or ecclesias, plural, as I will show you shortly that were in Rome. Not only that but he does not actually write to address any major doctrinal problems, or any major conduct problems. Now you think for example of Corinthians, where there were conduct problems that he addressed, and even doctrinal problems that he addressed. Of course he deals with doctrine, but there wasn’t a big doctrinal problem, it appears, that he addresses in this epistle. Instead, what he does, he unites Jew and Gentile together and shows them how they can become righteous before God.

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