Paul’s Letter to the Romans Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 35 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

He that has this put into his hands, must continually consider them that are to receive the word. 

Part 4

“Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you” (Romans 1:10). Paul had a great desire to come and see the Roman congregation, but he did nothing contrary to the will of God. Although his desire was strong, he would refrain from going to the Romans if God sent him to some other place. He shows his love for these people through his prayer life. He continually prayed for them even when God kept him from traveling to see them. While loving them, he yields his will to God, showing his reverence and fear of God. He desired to see them, but do we understand why?

“For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established” (v. 11). We see Paul had a plan for his visit, although he only hints at its purpose to them through his writing. He did not write: “that I may teach you”, or “that I may instruct you”, but instead chooses his words carefully, “that I may impart”. This shows that it is not his own things which he is giving them, but that he was imparting to them what he had received. We see the hint of what he is imparting when he says, “to the end that ye may be established.” A gift which comes by grace. In choosing his words this way, he implies their need for much correction. Paul is basically saying the purpose for his desire was to “stablish, strengthen, fix” them thoroughly in the word of God, so that they would not waver. To prevent them from being harmed, he uses subtle speech, rather than shocking them from the very start. He next anticipates that they might become defensive to this remark and tries to lessen the blow through his next words.

“That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me” (v. 12). These words help the Roman congregation to understand that Paul is not trying to accuse them of anything. Paul knows they are facing tribulations and being attacked from every side, so what he means is to comfort the congregation and simultaneously obtain comfort from them; To the end “ye may be strengthened”. He once more smooths his speech making it more acceptable. He did not say “to be comforted,” but, “to be comforted together with you” and he also continues to soften the blow in saying: “by the mutual faith both of you and me.” He, through humble mindedness, shows his equality to them and refrains from showing superiority. He puts the disciples in the position of teachers when saying: “Through the mutual faith both of you and me.”  An example of what he means can be shown with fire. If you bring a flame and others do the same the end product is a greater quantity of light for all. When we are alone in our struggles it is easy to have a poor spirit, but when gathered together with others who also struggle and are entwined with the members of our own selves, great is the comfort we receive. We can easily see the importance of visiting those imprisoned in this scenario. If you were kept away from your brothers and sisters In Christ, consider the depression and discouragement you might suffer. Christ gave them a parable to help them understand this better: “Then shall the righteous

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