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How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home Hardcover – May 11, 2011
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If asked, 'Which chapter of the Bible would you take with you to a desert island?' I suspect many believers would answer, 'Romans 8' In a glorious section of God's Word, Paul sets before us the trials and the triumphs, the pains and the gains, the indicatives and the imperatives of living life as a child of God- saved by Christ, led by the Spirit, and cared for by a heavenly Father. Now, if a commentary on Romans 8 were permitted on the desert island, I would without hesitation, recommend this wonderful exposition by Derek Thomas. Like the chapter it illumines so clearly, it is a literary treasure and a spiritual feast. --Dr. Iain D. Campbell: Pastor, Free Church of Scotland in Point, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
While Christians may believe that the gospel merely begins our Christian lives, Derek Thomas shows us convincingly that the gospel is the beginning, middle, and end of our lives - indeed, that it is status-shaping, holiness-motivating, and glory-providing. Moving through the grand biblical themes of Romans 8 that shape our understanding of who and whose we are, believers will see that our union with Jesus determines everything about us. Would that my church members might marinate in these truths and so emerge gospel-soaked and gospel-encouraged. --Dr. Sean Michel Lucas: Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church Hattiesburg, Mississippi
About the Author
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas is the associate minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and an adjunct professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theologiacal Seminary. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, which he also serves as editorial director and as editor of Reformation 21, the Alliance's online magazine. A native of Wales, Dr. Thomas graduated from RTS in 1978, then pastored for seventeen years in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He earned his PhD from the University of Wales, Lampeter. He served as the minister of teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, before his call to Columbia. He has written numerous books, including The Storm Breaks; Job Simply Explained; Wisdom: The Key to Living God's Way; and Praying the Savior's Way, based on the Lord's Prayer. He also co-edited Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship. His interests include the music of Anton Bruckner, Richard Wagner, and Gustav Mahler, and he has a passion for good coffee. Dr. Thomas and his wife, Rosemary, have been married for almost thirty-five years. They have two adult children and two grandchildren, Hannah and Daniel.
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Gets one to think straight on ones walk in the faith.
Sets one up for knowing the difference
between Law, Gospel - Based on Romans 8
one shud add reading the 6th and 7th Chptrs of Romans
and see how they go together for realizing what we are in Faith
or not - Faith Alone or works, by which there is no hope
because one has to be perfect to be acceptable by God
on obeying the law without error. But Romans shows that was
to be done by Only One.
I find that Romans 7 has to be about the Xtian life, to not
be so means that a person does not have those issues in
his life. But Romans 7 is the xtian life; how else does one
explain our sin issues and shortcomings?
Second, this book does an excellent job of explaining the eighth chapter of the book of Romans. The author writes in a readable fashion with logically arranged groupings of verses.
Lastly, when I was finished with the book, I was struck with how infrequently I have heard or read about the Gospel in such clear and Christ-centric terms. I will revisit this book often to be reminded that my being made right before God was / is / and will continue to be accomplished fully by God's grace in offering up Jesus to cancel my debt of sin and credit me with his righteousness. It is only from this vantage point that I can respond to his call to obedience being motivated by gratitude for the love he has shown me by saving me in a manner that I cannot screw up.
Chapter 1: Grace and Gratitude (Romans 8:1-4)
Thomas challenges Christians to take hold of the "no condemnation" principle. There is always condemnation found in trying to be a law-keeper. However, believers have been set free from condemnation through the Holy Spirit. They operate outside the law. However, Thomas points out that, "Grateful law-keeping is the saved sinners response to received grace." Believers who are in Christ Jesus are essentially declared not guilty and receive no condemnation from their Savior.
Chapter 2: The Mind's Default Setting (Romans 8:5-8)
What thoughts come into your mind is the question being asked in this chapter. Is it worldly or spiritual thoughts? The main message is that an earthly mind only brings about death, but a spiritual mind brings about peace and life. Focusing your mind on Jesus is what all believers must strive for.
Chapter 3: Spiritually Minded (Romans 8:9-11)
The Holy Spirit that was given to Christ has also been given to us. The same Spirit that was with Christ during His work dwells within us. This is a glorious privilege. If you belong to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit is working within you. The message of the chapter that Thomas strives to get across is that Christians should, "Glorify God in your body" because "your body is the temple of the Spirit" (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
Chapter 4: Killing Fields (Romans 8:12-13)
We are to kill sin. Any sin that remains in us, we must kill. Thomas focuses a lot on the word, mortification. This chapter points out the absolute dire necessity of killing sin in your own life or else you might allow sin to kill you. You must not be slave to the flesh, but rather a slave to Christ.
Chapter 5: Sons Of God (Romans 8:14-17)
"All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." What a beautiful message. We have been adopted by our Father in Heaven and are now called sons. We have been given a Spirit of holiness, freedom, adoption, and assurance. This allows us to cry out, "Abba! Father!" The message is that our Father in Heaven is one that hears the cries of those adopted into His family.
Chapter 6: Glorious Hope (Romans 8:18-25)
Thomas states that, "afflictions must precede glory." The suffering that you are struggling with right now is not something to be surprised about. Our hope is found in the fact that one day we will be with Jesus, in glory. Despite the struggles that you may be going through keep your focus on the message of Romans 8:18.
Chapter 7: Prayer Power (Romans 8:26-27)
We all struggle with having the words to sometime say in our prayers. Jesus had the same struggle. We must believe in our prayers that the Spirit intercedes for us and that He knows the mind of God.
Chapter 8: A Golden Chain (Romans 8:28-30)
This was my favorite chapter in the book. Thomas begins off by saying, "Nothing can blow you over when you are inside the walls of Romans 8:28." This is an amazing verse to hold on to throughout your life. God's providence governs our entire lives. He is sovereign! Thomas speaks on what he calls, "The five golden links of a chain" throughout the rest of this chapter. He speaks on foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification. These sections are all rich in information and goes into details on how God re-shapes those in His family.
Chapter 9: God For Me (Romans 8:31-32)
Christians have a difficult time realizing that God is on their side during times of trial and tribulation. However, the message is that we must always keep our eyes on the cross and realize that God did not spare His own Son. How can believers not see that God is for them when focusing on what was already accomplished on the Cross.
Chapter 10: Facing The Accuser (Romans 8:33-34)
Satan tries to get believers to fall flat on their faces. Dr. Thomas goes through "4 fiery darts" that Sinclair Ferguson outlined in his book, By Grace Alone. The central message of the chapter is that we must rely on Jesus Christ's finished work in our lives. In the end, all we need is Jesus.
Chapter 11: Union With Christ - Forever (Romans 8:35-39)
We come empty handed before the Father, but we must always remember that, according to Thomas, "if we remain on the narrow gospel way, it brings us all the way home."
How The Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home is a must read. From beginning to end the message is simply the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By outlining Romans 8, the reader is able to understand the simple Gospel message. From "no condemnation" to "no separation", this book is well worth the read.
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