Monday, June 23, 2014

Comments and Quotes: Keller's 'Romans 1-7 For You'

So, having heard some of the hype about Keller from those who think he is the bee's knees and those who think he is leading the church along paths of apostasy -- I decided to read him for myself.

I'm not declaring myself to be a Keller fan but I am a book of Romans fan, it is one of my favourite NT books, so when I saw Keller's book on Romans I decided to give it a shot.

Here are some of my Kindle Highlights from the Introduction and Chapter One. So far I haven't come across anything that is questionable, but I have read much that is good. If I do come across material that is questionable, I'll highlight that too. Again, this is not a blanket endorsement of the man, it is simply a spotlight on the book of Romans (which I'm studying just now).

The letter to the Romans is a book that repeatedly changes the world, by changing people."

"What is it about Romans that has proved so life-changing and history-shaping? It is because Romans is about the gospel."

"Have I, like Luther, “broken through” into the freedom and release the gospel brings me, both in terms of my future and in my life right now?"

"To Paul, this gospel is so great that he is willing to separate himself from anything—wealth, health, acclaim, friends, safety and so on—in order to be faithful to his calling."

"The gospel is not advice to be followed; it is news, good (eu) news about what has been done."

"The gospel’s content is “his Son” (v 3). The gospel centers on Jesus. It is about a person, not a concept; it is about him, not us. We never grasp the gospel until we understand that it is not fundamentally a message about our lives, dreams, or hopes. The gospel speaks about, and transforms, all of those things, but only because it isn’t about us. It is a declaration about God’s Son, the man Jesus."

"Obedience flows out of faith; it is a consequence of saving faith, not a second condition for salvation."

"The gospel is the way people are called to faith, and the way people grow in faith."

"Theodoret, a Syrian bishop in the fifth century, likened the gospel to a pepper: “A pepper outwardly seems to be cold … but the person who crunches it between the teeth experiences the sensation of burning fire.” In the same way, he goes on, the gospel can appear at first like an interesting theory or philosophy. But if we take it in personally, we find it full of power."

"The gospel’s power is seen in its ability to completely change minds, hearts, life orientation, our understanding of everything that happens, the way people relate to one another, and so on. Most of all, it is powerful because it does what no other power on earth can do: it can save us, reconcile us to God, and guarantee us a place in the kingdom of God forever."

"All that is required to know this salvation is belief."

"Notice that Paul says that the gospel’s power is boundless and boundaried at the same time. He says it is to everyone. It came to the Jew first, through Jesus, but it is for the Gentile as well—everyone and anyone. Yet he also sets a limit on it. It is for everyone who believes."

"When we are overworking out of fear of failure or depressed because we have failed, it is because we have forgotten that we cannot earn our own righteousness, but that in God’s eyes we are already righteous."

"The gospel will always cause offense, because it reveals us as having a need that we cannot meet."

"Think about a sin you struggle with. How are you rejecting the gospel when you sin in that way? How will believing the gospel transform the next struggle you face?"

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