Scripture: Romans 15

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The Weak And The Strong continues

Romans 15:1-13 (WEB) Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, to be building him up. For even Christ didn’t please Himself. But, as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you (the Father) fell on me (the Son).” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through perseverance and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now the God of perseverance and of encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore accept one another, even as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God. Now I say that Christ has been made a servant of the circumcision for the truth of God, that he might confirm the promises given to the fathers,  and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles and sing to Your name.” 10 Again he says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people.” 11 Again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Let all the peoples praise Him.” 12 Again, Isaiah says, “There will be the root of Jesse, He who arises to rule over the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles will hope.” 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Questions and Answers:

1. What should we do (Romans 15:1)? We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

2. Why should we please our neighbor (Romans 15:2)? Each of us should please our neighbor for his good, to build him up.

3. Why was everything in the past written (Romans 15:3-4)? Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

4. What may God give us as we follow Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5-6)? May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give us a spirit of unity among ourselves as we follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

5. Who are we encouraged to accept and who will accept us (Roman 15:7)? We are encouraged to accept one another. Just as Christ accepted us, in order to bring praise to God.

6. Why did Christ become a servant to the Jews (Romans 15:8)? Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy.

7. With what did Paul desire the people to be filled (Romans 15:13)? Paul desired that the God of hope would fill them with all joy and peace as they trusted in God, so that they might overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul The Minister To The Gentiles

Romans 15:14-22 (WEB) 14 I myself am also persuaded about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish others. 15 But I write the more boldly to you in part, as reminding you, because of the grace that was given to me by God, 16 that I should be a servant of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, serving as a priest of the Good News of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be made acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17 I have therefore my boasting in Christ Jesus in things pertaining to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any things except those which Christ worked through me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed, 19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of God’s Spirit; so that from Jerusalem, and around as far as to Illyricum, I have fully preached the Good News of Christ; 20 yes, making it my aim to preach the Good News, not where Christ was already named, that I might not build on another’s foundation. 21 But, as it is written, “They will see, to whom no news of Him came. They who haven’t heard will understand.” 22 Therefore also I was hindered these many times from coming to you,

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul believe about the people to whom he was talking (Romans 15:14)? Paul believed they were full of goodness, filled with knowledge and able to admonish one another.

2. What did Paul want the Gentiles to be (Romans 15:15-16)? Paul wanted the Gentiles to be acceptable to God and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

3. Of what did Paul say he would speak (Romans 15:18-19)? Paul said he wouldn’t speak of anything except what Christ had accomplished through him in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what he had said and done – by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit.  Paul said he had fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

4. Where did Paul want to preach the gospel and why (Romans 15:20-21)? Paul wanted to preach where Christ was not yet known. So he wouldn’t be building on another man’s foundation.  For then those who hadn’t been told would see and those who hadn’t heard would understand.

Paul’s Plan To Visit Rome

Romans 15:23-33 (WEB) 23 but now, no longer having any place in these regions, and having these many years a longing to come to you, 24 whenever I travel to Spain, I will come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. 25 But now, I say, I am going to Jerusalem, serving the saints. 26 For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are at Jerusalem. 27 Yes, it has been their good pleasure, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, they owe it to them also to serve them in fleshly things. 28 When therefore I have accomplished this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go on by way of you to Spain. 29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of the Good News of Christ. 30 Now I beg you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you in joy through the will of God, and together with you, find rest. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Questions and Answers:

1. Why did Paul say Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to give to the poor saints in Jerusalem (Romans 15:26-29)? Paul said Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to give and owed it to the poor saints in Jerusalem because the Gentiles had shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, so they owed it to the Jews to share with them their own material blessings.

2. What did Paul urge the brethren to do (Romans 15:30-31)? Paul urged the brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, to join him in his struggle by praying to God for him.  To pray that he would be rescued from the unbelievers in Judaea and that his service in Jerusalem would be acceptable to the saints there.  So that by God’s will he would come to them with joy and together with them be refreshed. 

3. How did Paul end his remarks (Romans 15:32)? The God of peace be with you all.  AMEN.

HEAR the WORD

Romans 15:9-12 (WEB) and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles and sing to Your name.” 10 Again he says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people.” 11 Again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Let all the peoples praise Him.” 12 Again, Isaiah says, “There will be the root of Jesse, He who arises to rule over the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles will hope.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  What are the Gentiles being encouraged to do?

MEMORIZE the WORD

Romans 15:5 (NIV) May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We too should sing praises to God. We too should put our hope in God.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We too should rejoice with God’s people.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will support and encourage our fellow Christians (Romans 15:1-2).  Lord, I pray we will learn what Your Word says and obey Your instructions (Romans 15:4).  Lord, I pray You who give endurance and encouragement will give us a spirit of unity among ourselves as we follow Your Son Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5).  Lord, I pray with one heart and mouth we will glorify You and Your Son (Romans 15:6).  Lord, I pray we will accept one another just as Your Son accepted us, in order to bring praise to You (Romans 15:7).  Lord, I pray You the God of hope, will fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in You, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).  Lord, I pray we will be full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another (Romans 15:14).  Lord, I pray Your peace will be with all of us (Romans 15:33).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I be full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” <>< Dona