May 9th 2010

Favourite Book Of The Bible

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death”

Romans 8:1-2 (NIV) 

I’ve often been asked which book of the Bible is my favourite. That’s difficult because I have a hard time narrowing it down only to one. For example, it was while reading Paul’s letter to the Galatians that I found my epiphany, you might say, of the real grace of God. The Gospel of John always moves me deeply with the grandeur of the Incarnation of the Son of God. And I have found the book of Hebrews to be an inspiring summary of New Covenant Christianity.  But if I have to choose a book, it’d have to be Paul’s letter to the Romans. For me a never-ending source of encouragement, comfort and joy in the gospel. 

Romans probably comes closest of all the New Testament books to giving a systematic perspective of God’s love and grace toward all humanity. It’s also one of the letters universally accepted as being of authentic Pauline authorship. 

My favourite verse from Romans is quoted above. The book of Romans has played a powerful role in Church history. Influential Christian writers such as Origen, Thomas Aquinas and Philip Melanchthon wrote commentaries on it. Martin Luther personally was transformed by Paul’s teaching about justification by faith alone, from this book, sparking the Protestant Reformation. And Karl Barth found in it the absolute sovereignty of God, and God’s complete freedom in revealing himself in Jesus Christ. Barth’s deep conviction of the victorious reality of Christ’s resurrection is an important feature of his Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. 

In short, this Pauline epistle has exerted a powerful influence on all branches of the Christian Church, and its impact on the lives and thoughts of prominent Christian thinkers through the years has been second, perhaps, only to the four Gospels. Trying to answer the question as to which is my favourite book in the Bible, ultimately I come to the conclusion that you don’t have to have a favourite. Still, it’s not a bad way to get into Bible Study. By trying to answer the question, one must spend time with each of the other books. And in doing so, you just may discover another important truth: the Bible is the only book that when you read it, the One who inspired it is present with you. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for preserving your Bible for us. Thank you for committed and convicted men and women who have been inspired by its words. Help us in our turn to become of that number. In Jesus’ name we pray.

 Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach 

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