The book of Romans, written by the apostle Paul, contains his magisterial treatise on the gospel message, focusing particularly on God’s righteousness and how we can obtain it.
While the book of Galatians explains the righteousness of God in contrast to the false teaching, the book of Romans reveals Paul’s finely argued, carefully nuanced dissertation explaining in thorough detail the core message of the gospel.
These blogs are not a commentary on the book of Romans but what I call devotional expositions, or expositional meditations. I resisted the temptation to include much more detail, which would then disqualify these writings as brief meditations and put them well into the category of commentary. Nonetheless, I am attempting here to go deeper than a typical devotional and provide exposition, that is, spiritual “meat” that gives a solid basis for meditating on the Word of God. Thus we not only include explanation of the biblical text, but also identify salient truths and applications for the daily life of Christians today. Hopefully, these meditations will not only inspire you, the reader, but also whet your appetite to study the book of Romans more fully.
For those wishing a fuller study, I would recommend a good commentary, like “The Believer’s Bible Commentary” by William MacDonald, or the “Expositor’s Commentary” series.
Some notes for the readers:
1. The reader will notice that in this devotional exposition series we capitalize pronouns and other direct references to Deity, being consistent with the pattern of the NASB, which is the version used. However, it should be noted that the original Greek in which the New Testament was written does not make this distinction.
2. Why just five days per week? Our experience is that for most people, routines of life revolve around a five-day work week, so it is often easier to schedule devotional readings in that framework. This, of course, leaves the weekends free for alternate readings—which provides variety. We might suggest on the weekends, the reader read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Psalms each day. In this way, in one year the entire book of Proverbs will be read three times, and the book of Psalms twice—with a few days to spare!
3. We suggest taking 15 minutes each workday morning: one minute to pray, asking the Lord to open your mind and heart to His voice; ten minutes for reading and musing on the meditation; and four minutes for prayer based on devotional for the day. The more specific you can be in your prayer, the better. Remember, the Lord wants to hear from you. Feel free, of course, keep a log of your prayer concerns so that you can be consistent.
I pray the Lord will use these brief daily meditations to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.
NOTE: To begin this series, click here. After reading each E-Med, click on the link to the next one found at the end of the current reading.