Reading Romans has been a turning point for many Christians. It helped Martin Luther realize that we’re saved by grace through faith, sparking the Reformation. John Wesley felt his heart “strangely warmed” when he read Luther’s comments on Romans, which triggered another revival. Modern theologians continue to be amazed by the book. N.T. Wright called it the Apostle Paul’s “masterpiece” and “a work of massive substance, presenting a formidable intellectual challenge, while offering a breathtaking theological and spiritual vision.”
Here are just a few of Martin Luther’s famous comments about Romans:
It would be quite proper for a Christian, not only to know it by heart word for word, but also to study it daily … it can never be read or meditated too much or too well. The more thoroughly it is treated, the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.
Below is our first taste of this great book. Ask God to warm your heart and illuminate each precious word. And then thank Him for His awesome, astounding, amazing grace!
But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (3:21-24)
Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (5:1-2a)
As an added bonus, here’s a selection from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, echoing this theme:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (2:8-9)
To read all of Martin Luther’s commentary on Romans, click here.