The Book of Romans has a long and storied tradition in the history of the Church. Augustine read Romans and was pierced to the heart and sounded saved. Luther, Calvin and many others have read Romans with great profit to their lives in Christ and ministries for Christ. Well-known Pastor Tim Keller has written a very helpful commentary Romans For You that covers chapters 1-7 of the book of Romans. This book on Romans combines Keller’s extensive biblical knowledge with cultural and practical insights into God’s Word.
One of the more outstanding features of this book is after he walks his readers through the passage; he then explains the theological importance for each particular section of Scripture. This is a feature even among pastoral commentaries that is rare and greatly appreciated to this reviewer. One of the main concerns that many people have with commentaries is that they are dry and boring. While technical commentaries major on every point of the passage including the various views—Keller does that but with a view to help guide the lay reader of the Word of God into a deeper understanding of what the text of Scriptures say. In addition to this helpful feature—Keller also seeks to show the importance of Romans to everyday life.
The Book of Romans has a long and proud tradition in the history of the Church; especially in the Reformed world. As I read this commentary I was encouraged by the explanation of Romans 1-3 with its emphasis on the sinfulness of man. Keller’s work on Romans 4-5 rightly helps the reader understand justification and his work on Romans 6-7 helps the reader understand definitive sanctification and the law. While there are possibly some points at which some Christians will disagree with Keller on; all in all Romans 1-7 For You is a helpful exploration into arguably one of the most important books of the Bible in Romans.
Whether you are a new Christian or a seasoned student of Romans, Romans 1-7 For You will help you learn what Romans teaches and the importance of its message to your daily life. I highly recommend this resource on Romans and pray the Lord uses it to help lay readers understand Romans 1-7.
Author: Timothy Keller
Publisher: The Good Book Company
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