"The Book of Romans" Spoken Word (2021)
"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the Good News of God…"
This is an audio recording of the entire Book of Romans, scored with piano underlay. The Apostle Paul commanded Timothy, “until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1 Timothy 4:13). We hope this reading of God’s Word can be a blessing to you!
Paul’s letter to the Romans, likely written A.D. 56-58, served as his introduction to the 1st century church in Rome. Paul, who had yet to visit them, longed to see them. A Roman citizen himself, he writes in this epistle an exhaustive yet simply understood presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is “the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16). We see the kindness of God displayed, who “shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The Books of Romans—with such Spirit-filled passion and clarity—boasts the grace of God, announcing a free salvation of justification by grace through Christ’s death on a cross for our sins (put forward as a propitiation by His blood) to be received by faith (Romans 3:24-25).
The Book of Romans is a work of doctrine that exposes mankind’s sinful nature, reveals the need for a Savior, and proclaims Christ crucified as the only way. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This letter challenges the believer in Jesus to embrace a life sanctified in the Holy Spirit, sold out for loving God and others. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8).
We find powerful and life-changing declarations of God’s love for us throughout: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
Four memorable and timeless doxologies explode from the pages of this book. Used at the climax of an argument for God’s mercy toward all, Paul declares: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’ Or ‘who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:33-36).
“The Book of Romans” is underlaid with piano melodies for praise and honor to God. “Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the Word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness” (Psalm 33:3-4). Indeed the Word of the Lord is upright; and we praise God for His powerful and lifechanging Word! Who can declare it better that God? “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). For we learn that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). May His words, which are Spirit and Life (John 6:63) fill your heart and refresh your soul, as you listen through “The Book of Romans.”