Houlton United Methodist Church

The Gospel concerning His Son

Paul’s letter to the Romans is often called the fullest, plainest, and grandest statement of the gospel in the New Testament. Martin Luther called Romans “really the chief part of the New Testament, and … truly the purest gospel.” John Calvin said similarly that “if we have gained a true understanding of this Epistle, we have an open door to all the most profound treasures of Scripture.” John Wesley had a similar experience. Basically, he did everything he could do – Bible studies, daily prayer, giving alms to the poor, visiting prisoners, and all other good works. But the harder he tried, the more he felt empty and dry. Then one evening he attended a Moravian meeting. Somebody was reading Luther’s Preface to … Romans. While he was listening, he had a conversion experience. In his journal, Wesley said, “I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” So as we explore Romans, let us be prepared for the consequences of reading this letter. You have been warned!

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