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by Frank Binford Hole
F. B. Hole.
THE GREAT THEME of the Epistle to the Romans is the Gospel of God, as is indicated in its opening words. It seems to fall quite naturally into three main sections, as follows.
1. The Gospel fully unfolded, and expounded in orderly fashion, for the instruction of believers. (Rom. 1 8).
2. God’s dealings with men, in sending forth the Gospel to Gentiles, reconciled with His previous dealings, which were exclusively with Israel. (Rom. 9 11).
3. Instructions and exhortations as to the conduct that befits the Gospel on the part of those who have received it. (Rom. 12 16).
It is one thing to carry the Gospel as a herald to sinful men, and quite another to set it forth in detail for the establishment of saints. The former is the work of the evangelist, the latter that of the teacher. If we wish to hear Paul preaching the Gospel, whether to Jews or to the heathen, we turn to the Acts. If we wish him to instruct us in its fulness and glorious power, we read the Epistle to the Romans.
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29