by Faith Alone
by Herman Hoeksema
Commentary on Romans
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At the height of his powers as an interpreter of the Word of God in the
late 1930s, Reformed theologian Herman Hoeksema preached a series of
ninety-seven sermons covering the entire book of Romans. The transcription
of them by a member of his congregation was recently made available to the
RFPA for publication. The outstanding worth of this new work is its fresh,
bold, penetrating, and utterly faithful exposition of the book of the
Bible that the Reformation rightly regarded as the summa of the gospel of
salvation by grace alone. Hoeksema called Romans "one of the richest and
most beautiful parts of the Word of God. "In addition to abundant natural
abilities, wide-reading, and disciplined theological study over many
years, Hoeksema shared the zeal of the apostle Paul for the glory of the
triune God in His sovereignty. This emboldened him to proclaim faithfully
what Paul said, particularly on predestination. This exposition is
addressed not to the scholars, but to the very same audience for whom the
apostle wrote the epistle: the "beloved of God, called to be saints."
"The clarity of language, the simplicity of explanation,
the warmth of teaching, the sharpness of application, and
the homeliness of illustration make this book truly a
devotional commentary on Romans"—David J. Engelsma,
Click here to read a review of this book from the British
Click here to read chapter 21 of this book in Portuguese.
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Dr. William Hendriksen: "[Hoeksema's] preaching was
forceful, well organised, thematic exegetical and generally
"In this book the .. reader will be edified, for he is
constantly shown his own worthlessness, and the worth of
Christ's perfect righteousness imputed to him; he will be
challenged because Hoeksema was a profound and original
preacher; and the reader will always be driven back to God
and the Scriptures. The present reviewer has used this
commentary as a devotional aid in studying Romans, and it is
one of the best he has used. Averaging six pages per
sermon—[it is suitable] even for the time pressed worker. If
you want to know why the likes of Prof. Cornelius Van Til
would make his way to hear Hoeksema preach, then you should
get this book ... I cannot recommend it highly enough" (English
"Handling the deepest doctrines with a sure and sanctified
hand, afraid of no difficulties, Hoeksema had also the
common touch in making his exposition easy, lucid, and very
readable indeed ... Christians 'in the pew' will find
themselves frequently turning to it to refresh their soul,
be challenged, and find encouragement. Like all the
publications of the RFPA this book is excellently produced,
and good value for money. Those who invest in a copy will, I
believe, come to treasure it as a choice blessing from the
Lord" (British Church Newspaper).
"In the opinion of this reviewer, Herman Hoeksema, a
contemporary of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, was the best
expositor of the twentieth century ... His grasp of Paul's
inspired thinking is as though he had been a personal friend
of the Apostle ... The essence of Scripture is what Hoeksema
is all about ... He demonstrates the irrefutable substance
of Paul's reasoning. he does so with warmth, challenging his
hearers, with profound depth yet in language we all
understand. There is nothing dryly theological in this
exposition. The messages are from a heart to hearts. It is
stirring reading because it follows the author closely—alive
with Scriptural application ... the personal benefits from
this exposition are a fine gold. Procure it!" (New Focus).
"The material in this book constitutes the best combination
of theology and devotional reading that I have come across
for a long time ... This book is thoroughly recommended. I
have read it every day at the close of my own devotions for
the past eight months, with great benefit and thankfulness
to God" (Evangelical Times).
"Yesterday, I received the superb Righteous By Faith Alone,
and have already been blessed by the first two sermons.
Could you please convey my thanks to the dear young people
of the PR churches who have subsidised the sale of it
"Thank you for apprising me of the availability of the long awaited
volume [Righteous By Faith Alone]. Within minutes of the arrival
of your email I placed an order ..."
"Just letting you know that I find Herman Hoeksema on Romans excellent.
Highly recommended, very edifying! Every blessing."
"At last! A book I have been waiting for. Please mail me a copy of the
latest offering from Herman Hoeksema. I am grateful to Rev. Stewart for
letting me know. Am enjoying his CR News."
"Hoeksema on Romans continues to be a real blessing to me" -
"Please send me one Righteous By Faith Alone, and bill me for it.
[A friend] couldn't commend it more highly."
"I e-mailed [a friend] and told him to do anything, even if it meant
trading in the wife, and get Hoeksema on Romans. He told me he had
"Purchased Righteous By Faith Alone from you earlier in the month
and managed to read the first 153 pages thereof over the past few days.
Very profitable indeed (!) and I look forward to the remaining pages. I
remember hearing it said that 'we read to know that we are not alone.' A
book such as the aforementioned (the first 153 pages at least) would
illustrate this point well in my own experience and circumstance."
"You know how that the faces of small boys are apt to glow when
they receive something they really want. Well, something akin to this
influences me now as I hold in my hand this beautifully 'packaged'
volume of sermons, Righteousness by Faith Alone, by ‘Harm’
Hoeksema. I anticipate being seriously incommunicado, tucked up with
this volume by the fireside. I dipped into it and read the first
paragraph of chapter 1—oh yes, vintage Hoeksema, the same clarity, force
of truth, depth of understanding, expressed in plain language which has
endeared me to all his material. He was a giant of a man spiritually."
"I'm reading Romans at present with the help of the
wonderful Righteous by Faith Alone. I'm being
convicted and illuminated greatly by it" - Yorkshire