When one conversations arise regarding the book in the Bible that most clearly teaches doctrine and theology Romans immediately comes to the forefront. Some of the deepest chapters in Romans are found in the middle of the book, with Chapter 8 being one of those chapters. How the Gospel Brings Us All The Way Home by Derek WH Thomas takes us, verse-by-verse, through Romans chapter 8. While the chapters are short and easy to read (meaning their syntax and word choice are not difficult to follow), each paragraph is packed with deep truths regarding God and our relationship with Him – like the entire book of Romans (and especially chapter 8), one could read this commentary over and over and over and still find new insights.
For those unfamiliar with Romans 8, it is the section in scripture where Paul exposits truths such as
- There is no condemnation in Christ
- We are set free by the Spirit
- The Spirit dwells in us
- We are co-heirs with Chris
- God is our Daddy (“Abba”)
- Present sufferings do not compare with future glories
- The entire earth is experiencing birth pains because of the fall
- The Spirit prays on our behalf
- All things work for good for God’s children
- The purpose of our election
- No one can bring any charge against us
- No one can condemn us
- Nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Christ
- We are more than conquerors in Christ
The book was written after the author delivered a series of sermons on Romans 8, and, as such, each chapter reads like a concise, well-delivered sermon. Each of the bullets above is explored in the book, and, as such, this would be a great book for both new Christians in need of a solid foundation and veteran believers who need a good reminder of the foundations of our faith. I’ll give this book 4.5/5 stars and highly recommend it (I wish I would have read it years ago and it is certainly one I’ll go back and read again!) I was honesty surprised at how easy the book was to read – so many theology books read like seminary textbooks, but this one was very conversational in tone and easy to understand. While a certain level of basic doctrine would help one understand it, most terms are defined within the book itself and so it would be easily navigable by just about anyone.
For the record, I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest (though not necessarily favorable) review.