In a world torn by racial, social, economic, political, and gender tensions, the message of Romans is deeply relevant and needed. It is a message both powerful and simple: Christ loved us while we were enemies of God. Can we, then, not follow his example and love those who are different than us? Romans will prepare us to do so.
The Asia Bible Commentary Series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.
This commentary on Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians is an example that contextualization is more than just finding an application from ancient Scripture for today’s contexts. Contextualization requires an understanding of the world of the Scripture together with its message, a comprehension of the contemporary context, and an awareness that our interpretation of the Scripture today is shaped by our understanding of the world around us. Andrew Spurgeon is conscious of these elements as he steers us through the book of Romans. A readable writing style coupled with an understanding of both the ancient Mediterranean and modern Asian contexts make Spurgeon’s commentary on Romans useful not only for Asian readers but also for readers from other regions.
Samson Uytanlet, PhD
Academic Dean, Biblical Seminary of the Philippines, Valenzuela, Philippines
Do we really need another commentary on Romans? After you read Andrew Spurgeon’s commentary, I am sure you will agree that the answer is “yes!” Spurgeon has provided a most excellent, and concise, exegetical-expositional-applicational commentary on Romans. His focus on the oneness of Jews and Gentiles unites the book around a common thread. His applications for Asian audiences are refreshing. Spurgeon also offers new insights into the text that will intrigue readers and make them ponder, afresh, what God has gifted to us in Romans.
Rev Robert Klund, PhD
Senior Pastor, Believers Bible Church, Lufkin, Texas, USA
Paul’s letter to the Romans is like a well with deep treasures, and Andrew Spurgeon’s God-given ability to clearly explain the complexity of the truths found there, without compromising his high scholarship, is exquisitely beautiful. This volume is also seasoned with pastoral and Asian sensitivity. It will surely benefit both people in the academy and those engaged in pastoral work. I highly recommend this work.
Rev Terence Lim
Associate Pastor, United Evangelical Church of Malabon, Philippines
Table of Contents
- Series Preface
- Author’s Preface
- List of Abbreviations
- Commentary on Romans
- Selected Bibliography
- The Oneness of Jews and Gentiles
- Paul and James
- Can Believers No Longer Sin (Romans 6:2a)?
- Who Is the “I” in Romans 7?
- Faith Comes from Hearing
- Worship and Service
- Christians and Governments