How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, written by Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas, leads readers through Romans 8. Thomas goes through what he calls “the best chapter in the Bible,” and shows how it encompasses almost the entirety of the Christian life.
Dr. Thomas has written or edited fifteen books, is an associate minister at a church in South Carolina, and is an adjunct professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. This book began as a series of sermons and reads like its source material. Because of this, each chapter is filled with excellent points and material, but the sermon-like format makes it difficult to read more than one chapter at a time due to the mild jump in content and delivery.
Dr. Thomas delivers on his intent in the text, giving us the joy of “no condemnation” found at the start of Romans 8 and reassuring us of “no separation” from Christ. He beautifully reminds us of things such as Christ's declaration that we are “not guilty” of sin. Finally, he reassures us in quoting, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Overall, How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is an excellent journey through a deep chapter of the Bible, but it is laid out to be taken in strides. It is meant to be read and pondered. Like sermons, a strong message can be drawn from this book, with some chapters bearing more fruit than others depending upon where a person is in his Christian walk. The overarching message is still excellent and worthwhile for anyone. – David Hestand, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
In How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas explores Romans 8, which he calls “the best chapter in the Bible.” Here he finds an exposition of the steps through which God leads His people in the process of their salvation, but also loving counsel on such topics as prayer and resisting the Devil, as well as exhortations and comforts for weary pilgrims. Dr. Thomas begins at Romans 8:1 with “the best news imaginable”—believers’ just and deserved condemnation before God has been taken away by Jesus Christ’s work on the cross. He then contrasts earthly minded and spiritually minded people, showing that only those who are spiritually minded know life.
In Romans 8:29–30, he explores several steps in the process of salvation—foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and, finally, glorification—which show God’s invincible purpose in redemption. Finally, he unfolds the powerful promise of the final few verses of Romans 8: nothing can separate those God has redeemed from His saving love. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is a powerful exploration of the manifold gifts the heavenly Father has lavished upon His people—and a preview of the greater inheritance that lies ahead.