Bible Study

Ron Martin

Ron Martin
(Barry Rowland’s Uncle)

Biography Of Ron Martin, MS, Eds
When we read the writings of someone, it’s vaguely interesting to know something about the author. Though we may never meet them personally, a brief biography will help us form a picture of just who is writing this book, song, commentary…

When you are raised to common, every day folks, in a small town in the south, there is not much to intrigue us about the author.

Ron was born in Lafollette, TN in 1942. His father, Brother Kyle, pastored country churches, his mother Eulalia, was a talented pianist, faithful to the cause of Christ, the daughter of a fine deacon of the church, Walter Goins, and a quiet little mother, Jenny.

The writer of this series, “The Blessings Of Being In Christ”, sounds very average, almost quaint. Nothing, however, could be farther from the truth. What makes most men extraordinary is their accomplishments; they have done something unusual, out of the ordinary, makes one intriguing, makes us want to know more about them and encourages us to read what they have to say.

With Ron Martin, just the opposite is true. He is not without credits, he has a fine education from the University of Tennessee. He is in the Basketball Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University, and was a successful basketball coach and a dedicated educator for thirty years. These credentials are not spine-tingling, but admirable.

What makes Ron worthy of your time is not his accomplishments, but what God has accomplished in him! If you had known this man as a boy and young adult, known him even up to his mid-thirties, your opinion would be one of hopelessness for even a reasonable expectation of him becoming a great man of God.

God, Omnipotent, Holy, Divine Deliverer, Rescuer of the hopeless; The God of sufficient grace and plenteous mercy accomplished the impossible in a man who, by all outward signs, was hopeless.

He was a rebel, inherently rebellious. Loving sin, loving his own will and way, became a servant… a slave and prisoner of Jesus Christ.

He could not have just suddenly rescued himself, just… on a whim, decided to dedicate himself to God, to offer himself sacrificially to no other purpose but “knowing Christ.” Not only knowing His name, but knowing Him as the Apostle Paul did.

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:7-8).

Something had to foster this change in a man committed to rebellion and self-will. God did it all! But what moved His hand to do so was a father who wouldn’t give up on his son, and a mother who labored on her knees, tirelessly and tenaciously.

When God came to her, and through the Holy Ghost, spoke these words, “I am going to use your boy,” her prayers for Ron’s deliverance turned to unwavering faith – “God will use my boy.” He was only fifteen years old when that promise came, and for the next twenty years it was, to her, an immutable Truth. And so it was.

A student of God’s Word, untiring in his pursuit, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10). Ron’s commentaries shine a brilliant light on what it means to be a child of God, a prisoner of Christ.