and the Justifier
by Charles H. Welch is an exposition of the epistle
to the Romans. It derives its title from Romans 3:26; "To declare
I say at this time his righteousness: that he might be just and justifier
of him which believeth in Jesus."
Mr. Welch considers the Roman epistle
from three angles, doctrinally, dispensationally, and practically.
He also has divided the book into sections to better help us to understand
the purpose Paul had in writing this book.
The first part covers chapters 1:1-5:11. The dominant figure is
Abraham. Sins are the most important concern. The righteousness
of God is revealed apart from the law. This truth had not been known,
or expressed before in Old Testament scripture. Teaching the principle
of justification by faith is the main topic.
The inner section covers chapters 5:12-8:39. The dominant figure
is Adam. The subject of this section is the nature and effect that
the law of sin and death has on mankind. The sentence of death has
been passed upon all men as a result of Adam's sin. We can escape
the state of death by grace, and through the resurrection power that we
have because we are in Christ.
Dispensational truth is the main topic of the next section which covers
chapters 9:1-11:36, and deals with God's election concerning Israel and
Israel's hope. The scripture teaches us that the Gentiles that Paul
addressed in the book of Romans, shared in Israel's hope as a wild olive
branch being grafted into a natural good olive tree, and would share with
the natural branches (Jews), and receive the same benefits by being part
of the olive tree (Romans 11:24).
The last section covers chapters 12:1-16:27. This is the practical
section and speaks of Israel's relationship to God, fellow Jews, and finally
the nations, or Gentiles. Israel's position was one of favor and
special privileges. Romans 9:4 says, "Who are Israelites
to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory and the covenant, and the
giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promise." The
epistle closes by mentioning a mystery which was kept secret since the
world began. Mr. Welch share with us the truth that this mystery
is not the same as the mystery in Ephesians 3:9.
352 Pages Hardcover