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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Paul's letter to the Romans

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Frameworks: Romans 15

 

(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)

         

 

CHAPTER 15

v.1-7 Continuation of Teaching on Acceptance of One Another
v.8-22 Paul's Ministry to the Gentiles
v.23-33 Paul's Plans to Visit Jerusalem, Rome & Spain

    

   

[Context: Continuing a brief summary of previous sections to provide present context:

Part 1: Ch.1-8 Our lost state & God's Justification & the New Life

Part 2: Ch.9-11 Considering the State of Israel

Part 3: Ch.12-15 Living the Christian Life

   

v.1-7 Continuation of Teaching on Acceptance of One Another

   

v.1 (bear with one another's weaknesses) We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

v.2 (let our goal be to bless and build our neighbour) Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

v.3 (even Christ had this concern) For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” [Psa 69:9]

v.4  (the scriptures were to teach and encourage us) For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

v.5,6 (God seeks to strengthen & encourage you so do that for one another) May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

v.7  (just accept one as Christ does you) Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

 

Part 4: 15:8 - Ch.16 About Paul himself

 

v.8-22 Paul's Ministry to the Gentiles

 

v.8,9 (Christ came to serve Israel to satisfy God's promises yet knowing it would be the Gentiles who responded) For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;   I will sing the praises of your name.” [2 Sam 22:50; Psa 18:49]

v.10 (God loves the whole world ) Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.” [Deut 32:43]

v.11 (and sought to always reach them ) And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;   let all the peoples extol him.” [Psa 117:1]

v.12 (Isaiah saw God's intent towards the whole world) And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up,   one who will arise to rule over the nations;   in him the Gentiles will hope.” [Isa 11:10 (see Septuagint]

v.13 (so be blessed with His peace and joy) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

v.14 (I'm blessed how it has been working for you) I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

v.15,16 (but that doesn't stop me reminding you of key issues) Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

v.17 (I desire to glorify God in all I do) Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.

v.18,19 (I will only preach as He enables, confirming it with signs and wonders) I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

v.20 (I desire to go where others haven't been) It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation.

v.21 (to fulfil the prophecies about it going further and further) Rather, as it is written: “Those who were not told about him will see,   and those who have not heard will understand.” [Isa 52:15 (see Septuagint)]

v.22 (this is what has held me back from coming to you) This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.

 

v.23-33 Paul's Plans to Visit Jerusalem, Rome & Spain

 

v.23 (but I'm running out of such places here) But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you,

v.24 (so as I'm planning to visit Spain I'll stop in with you on the way) I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while.

v.25 (but I've got to go to Jerusalem first) Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the Lord's people there.

v.26 (I've got a gift I've got to pass on to them) For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord's people in Jerusalem.

v.27 (the Gentiles had collected for them) They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.

v.28 (but after I've done that my goal will be Spain) So after I have completed this task and have made sure that they have received this contribution, I will go to Spain and visit you on the way.

v.29 (I'm sure I'll have God's blessing when I come to you) I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.

v.30 (please join in the struggle by praying for me) I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.

v.31 (particularly that I will be safe and well received in Jerusalem) Pray that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contribution I take to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the Lord's people there,

v.32 (that way I can then come on to you) so that I may come to you with joy, by God's will, and in your company be refreshed.

v.33 (in the meantime may God bless you with His peace) The God of peace be with you all. Amen.