I recently had the opportunity to preach at The Open Door Mission in Rochester, NY. My text was Romans 3:21-26. This passage is close to my heart, highly evangelistic, and one which many theologians and commentators see as one of the most important passages in the Bible.
Being that my message had more of a gospel call bend, I did not get too deep into every issue in the passage. However, no matter what passage I preach, or who my audience is, I like to take a thorough look into all aspects of the passage. Therefore, in order that my time and energy into deeper stuff does not go to waste, I offer one study here and another in a later post. This study is not in commentary form, nor does it touch on every possible trajectory and issue in the passage. Rather, this study is a summary and elaboration of D. A. Carson’s contribution to the excellent book, The Glory of the Atonement edited by Charles E. Hill and Frank A. James III. There, Carson discusses 10 debated exegetical issues within this passage. Eight shall be discussed here, the two others he discusses in that chapter concern the passage’s relation to preceding and following contexts, into which we will not venture now. Continue reading Exegeting Romans 3:21-26 with D. A. Carson