The importance and impact of Paul’s Letter to the Romans.
During the summer of 386, in the backyard of a friend a young man wept. He had spent his life in rebellion towards God, a lifetime of sinful living. The young man knew that this life he had been leading was killing him. Inside he felt empty and could not find the strength within to make that final full commitment to serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Nearby some children were playing a game and were calling out to each other these words: “Take up and read!” “Take up and read!” He thought the children’s words were being used by God to give him a special message. Nearby a scroll laid and the young man picked it up and began to read. “Not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:13-14) He didn’t read any further; he didn’t have to. Through the power of God’s word, Augustine had the faith to entrust his whole life to Jesus Christ at that moment.
In August of 1513, in a seminary a monk lectured on the book of Psalms, but his inner life was nothing but turmoil. While in his studies the monk came across Psalms 31:1 “In Thy righteousness deliver me.” The monk became confused wondering how the righteousness of God could do anything but condemn him as a right judgment for his sins. The monk kept returning to the verse Romans 1:17 Luther kept thinking about Romans 1:17, “the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith.” The monk then also remembered this verse also from the Old Testament. “He who through faith is righteous shall live” (Habakkuk 2:4). The monk went on to say: “Night and day I pondered until . . . I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby, through grace and sheer mercy, he justifies us by faith. Therefore I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. This passage of Paul became to me a gateway into heaven.” Martin Luther was born again, and the reformation began in his heart.
In May of 1738, a failed minister and missionary went unwillingly to small Bible study where someone read aloud from Martin Luther’s commentary on Romans. As the failed missionary said later: “while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for my salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken my sins away, even mine.” John Wesley was saved that night in London.
|1. Romans 1||2. Romans 2|
|3. Romans 3||4. Romans 4|
|5. Romans 5||6. Romans 6|
|7. Romans 7||8. Romans 8|
|9. Romans 9||10. Romans 10|
|11. Romans 11||12. Romans 12|
|13. Romans 13||14. Romans 14|
|15. Romans 15|