Romans 15 – Ending Instructions

Romans 15: 1-2 Amplified version, “We who are strong in our convictions and robust faith ought to bear with the failings, fraities, and tender scruples of the weak; we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others, and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us make it a practice to please and make happy his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him, to strengthen him, and build him up spiritually.”
Romans 15: 1-12. Those verses sum up a good purpose for us in helping our brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul adds that we can learn this from Jesus example as He gave no thought to His own interests and pleasures and gave His life for us.
In verse 4, we also learn that we can gain patient endurance, encouragement, and hope from the Scriptures/Word of God.
In verse 5, we hear that God will give us power to live this way in harmony and love.
Verse 6 reveals the joy in unanimously, with united hearts and voices, we can together praise, glorify, and thank Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Verses 7-12. Instructions: Welcome and receive one another as Jesus welcomes and receives you. God welcomes both, Jew and Gentiles through His promises and prophesies of Jesus in His Word/Scriptures.
Romans 15: 13-33
Romans 15:13, Amplified version, “May the God of all hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing (through the experiencing of your faith) that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing, bubbling over, with hope.”
Have you ever felt hopeless? Read this verse again. Can you believe it? Try thinking about the gospel/good news of JEsus and all your riches in spiritual blessings. Are you beginning to bubble over in love, joy, and hope? You are rich in all that is truly good!
Also, His Word can amply fill you with spiritual knowledge, even making you competent to help one another. Paul is also writing to them for that very same reason….to speak and deliver God’s grace and instructions.
God sent Paul to the Gentiles. And Paul is excited about what God has done through him, as an instrument in His hands. Paul has been doing just that….going many places to preach the gospel of Jesus. That is why he has not been able to get to Rome, but he hopes to visit soon. Remember, Paul was born a Roman citizen as well as a Jew….he likely had close relationships with many in this church in Rome. He is going to the Christians in Jerusalem now, but will stop in Rome on his way to Spain. Paul asks them to pray for him, especially to be rescued from the unblieving Jews in Judea who were persecuting and killing Christians. Paul hopes to come to them in Rome with joy and spend a time of refreshment and rest in fellowship with them.

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