Commentary on Romans by Anders Nygren

By Anders Nygren

A latest exposition of the Epistle within the real Lutheran culture

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It is noteworthy that the declaration which Paul makes the motto of his letter is taken from the Old Testament, from Habakkuk. " It is only to such that entrance into the aeon of life is promised. That the righteous shall live and that the sinner stands under the power of death, man already knew. Man knew that righteousness and life, like sin and death, belong together. ~e first fruit, triumph over death, destroying its power and bringing life and immOrtality to light. It is not he who is righteous through his''own works who shall live.

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS how Paul's thought moves from step to step under its inherent compulsion. With this passage as our poL'lt of orientation we can with surer understanding peruse the epistle from beginning to end. " That is the utterance of the immediately preceding words, 8'Kaloa-VV'l 8EOU. As to him who has that ri~hteousness through faith, it is said that he shall Jive. The meaning is clear from what we have already pOinted out: he is removed from the dominion of death and received into the relationship of the new life, which is revealed and realized through Christ.

The law speaks about man and what he must do. The gospel. speaks about God and what He has done by sending His Son into the world. So Paul can Simply characterize the content of the gospel of God: it is tre" gospel about the Son of Cod. ), He is descended from David-in harmony with the Old Testament 47 l:l-15 COMMENTARY ON ROMANS promise which calls the Messiah the son of David. But Christ does not belong only to our common humanity. Through Him God has permitted something utterly new to enter our world.

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