Robert Haldane: Romans

“On 6 February, 1817, Robert Haldane ‘undertook to read and explain’ the Epistle to the Romans to more than twenty students from the school of theology in Geneva. In the hotel room of this visitor at 19 Place Maurice, on the promenade of St. Antoine, the teaching of this Epistle to students who had previously known nothing but ‘the chilling influence’ of Unitarianism led to ‘a striking revival’ and to ‘the second Reformation in Geneva’. Prior to this date Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote: ‘It is asked of the ministers of the Church of Geneva, if Jesus Christ be God? They dare not answer.’ Through Haldane’s exposition many of the young men were profoundly changed and prepared to give an answer that was heard across Europe. One of them was Merle d’Aubigné, whose life was largely given to the recovery of the true history of the Reformation. Another was M. Charles Rieu who after only a few years of parish ministry died in ‘unutterable peace and joy’. Among the last words recorded in Kieu’s journal were, ‘Resurrection and life – Eternity – Eternity with Jesus?

Haldane’s Exposition of Romans was first printed in English in 1835-39 and, In print today, its message Is still able to change cities and nations. ‘That portion of the Word’, says his biographer, ‘had taught him the sovereignty of God, the corruption of man, and the perfection of that righteousness Which is provided and appointed for the salvation of believers.’”

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