There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
William Tyndale was the first person to translate the Bible into English. He translated it in the early 1500s, when it was not OK to do so. He eventually was burned at the stake at the young age of 42. Seventy years later, the King James Version was published, and most of it was taken from Tyndale's translation work.
Tyndale once wrote that the book of Romans was the best book in the New Testament and the guide to understanding the entire Bible. He said that no one can read it too often or study it too much, because this book is so rich. He even felt that every Christian should memorize the book of Romans.
So far we have covered Romans 1-7 in this devotional series. Here are the main sections so far:
- 1:1-17 Introduction
- 3:21-5:21 Salvation by Grace
- 6:1-8:39 Spiritual Life
Interestingly, for each of these three sections on sin, on salvation, and on the spiritual life, the passages in Romans are considered the most important sections in the Bible for these topics. No wonder the writer J.I. Packer once commented: "When the message of Romans gets into a man's heart, there's no telling what may happen!"
I urge you to make this book, the book of Romans, a priority in your life. I urge you to read it, study it, meditate upon it, seek to obey it and treasure it all your days!
Lord, thank you for this grand book. Help me to know it better and thereby to know you better.