Before Paul wraps up the epistle of Romans, he gives some final words of wisdom to the church in Rome. His admonition is both a commendation, and a warning. Lets look at verse 19.
Romans 16:19 “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men . I am glad therefore on your behalf: but [...]
In the first 16 verses of Romans 16, Paul has given us the names, specifically, of those Christians in Rome which were strong Christians, and working for the Lord. He lists by name those who worked hard for the Lord, were conducive to Christian unity, who laid down their life for Paul and in [...]
Imagine having your name written in the Bible. What an honor it would be for the Holy Spirit to inspire Paul or John to memorialize you by having your name written in God’s Word. We find these exact instances in Romans chapter 16, in verses 1-16. It stresses the importance of living a godly [...]
In the final verses of Romans 15, Paul has a prayer request of the church at Rome. I think there is a lot we can learn from his prayer request to them. First, lets look at verse 30.
Romans 15:30 “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the [...]
I would like to revisit Romans 15:20-29 which I wrote about yesterday. I was thinking more of this passage of Scripture and I believe there is something else which can be learned from it.
First, lets note verses 22 and 23:
Romans 15:22,23 “For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming [...]
In Romans 15:20-29, Paul tells the church of Rome how he longs to visit them. He has preached in places where the Word of God had not yet penetrated. The crux of this passage is in verses 20-22.
Romans 15:20-22 “Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, [...]
All Christians, weak and strong, need spiritual guidance. We need a preacher who is guided by the Word of God, and guided by Jesus Christ to give us admonition. Paul addresses these things to the church of Rome who he writes the book of Romans to.
Romans 15:14 “And I myself also am persuaded [...]
In the verses leading up to Romans 15:8, Paul instructs Christians to be united in their glorification of God the Father. This is accomplished by the reading and the studying of God’s Word.
In Romans 15:8-14, Paul explains how Jesus Christ by His ministry has made it possible for Christians to be united. Verses [...]
In Romans 15:4-7, Paul instructs Christians to be like-minded one with another. Let’s review these instructions in light of the comments he had made in the previous chapter; namely, that we should “give in” to our weaker Christian brother so he doesn’t falter.
The entire goal of Paul as I see it is to [...]
I recall an acronym several years back for the word JOY. How to be joyful was to put these in this order: Jesus, then Others, then You.
Jesus should be first in our lives no matter what. He is our perfect example of how to live our lives. That is the very definition of [...]