Robert Haldane's Exposition of Romans, both in its contents and in the power of its influence, stands among the foremost of the many treatments of this epistle. Haldane writes both to instruct and to move; he is both an expositor and a preacher, and while he upholds orthodoxy it is not as an end in itself, it must lead to love and life. This exposition has inspired many others to enter more deeply into that same spirit. As a commentary, Thomas Chalmers 'strongly recommended it'; Spurgeon put it in the front rank; and, more recently, Martyn Lloyd-Jones owed 'much profit and pleasure' to it, characterising its contents as unsurpassed in 'warmth of spirit' and 'practical application'. Haldane was a wealthy descendant of Scottish nobility who devoted his wealth and talents to the spread of the gospel after his conversion during the French Revolution.