D.G. Barnhouse on “the righteousness of God” (Rom 3:21)

Years ago, before I had thoughts of going to seminary, I gave away Donald Grey Barnhouse's 4-volume set of expositions of the book of Romans.  A few years later, after some time in seminary, I grew to greatly regret that decision.  I placed the set on my Amazon wishlist and had been mulling over the… Continue reading D.G. Barnhouse on “the righteousness of God” (Rom 3:21)

Wright v Bruce Part II

Why does Paul use Abraham as part of his logic in Romans 3-4?  Bruce says that Paul is showing how the "righteousness of God apart from law" is attested by the law and prophets -- Abraham's story is Paul's first example.  In Rom 4, says Bruce, "Paul undertakes to show" how the gospel is in… Continue reading Wright v Bruce Part II

John Murray on Defining “Law”

My drill sergeant used to constantly yell, "It would behoove you all to remember this!!"  I'll apply that phrase to Murray's fine note on Romans 3.21. "Law in one sense pronounces the opposite of justification [i.e. condemnation], the law in another sense preaches justification.  This illustrates the necessity in each case of determining the precise sense in… Continue reading John Murray on Defining “Law”

F. F. Bruce on Justification

Bruce really sounds close to Luther here.  "God pronounces a man righteous at the beginning of his course, not at the end of it.  If he pronounces him righteous at the beginning of his course, it cannot be on the basis of works which he has not yet done; such justification is, on the contrary, 'an… Continue reading F. F. Bruce on Justification

Luther on Romans 4.7

Lecturing on Romans 4.7, Luther said that we need keep two things in mind to rightly understand Paul's words.  For now, I'll note just the first one.  Stay tuned for number two at a later date.  1) "The saints are intrinsically always sinners, therefore they are always extrinsically justified; but the hypocrites are intrinsically always righteous,… Continue reading Luther on Romans 4.7