Brunner sees St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans as ‘the chapter of destiny of the Christian Church’. Here, in Luther’s words, is the ‘purest gospel’ upon which the very existence of the Christian faith depends and from which it draws its life.
Concentrated, decisive and instructive, nothing within the New Testament is more closely argued both theological and personal. Out of his years of scholarly wisdom Brunner meditates on the great Epistle, and in his commentary elucidates the massive Pauline arguments which are the bed rock of Christian belief and Christian proclamation.
Translation and Exposition of the Letter:
Part One: The Righteousness of God Through Faith in Jesus Christ (Chapters 1-8)
A. All Mankind’s Need of Redemption
B. The Redemption Through Jesus Christ
Part Two: The Righteousness of God in His Ruling From History (9:1-11:36)
Part Three: The Life of the Christian (12:1-16:16)
Appendix: Some Leading Ideas in the Teaching of the Apostle Paul
Spirit and Flesh
The Righteousness of God
The Law and the Works of the Law
The Church, the Community
The Judgement of the Sinner
The Wrath of God and Reconciliation