Paul’s Letter to the Romans Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:37-40). 

Part 5

Part 4 ended with a discussion about visiting the imprisoned and the joy of those imprisoned when they see their brothers and sisters IN Christ. When alone their spiritual life might suffer, but when united with the BODY, peace, joy, happiness, and hope are found. Therefore, Paul says, “to the end that ye may be established and comforted with us by our mutual faith.” When they see him arrive and he sees them, a mutual joy for the unity they share IN Christ exists and is seems palpable. 

“Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles” (Romans 1:13). Paul was obedient to God’s command and did not go to the Roman Church until it was commanded of him, although he had a great desire to be with these brethren. He shows he is a slave to Christ in his compliance with waiting. When Paul says he wishes to gain some fruit from these brethren he is saying a similar phrase to the earlier verse where he says, “that I may impart some gift.” Again, Paul humbles himself and makes all equal. And again, he goes further in stating “even as among other Gentiles.” Here he gives the same respect to the sun and the moon and the earth and the sea and other things, not giving the rich and the wise a greater share of the benefits, and a less portion to the poor, but setting forth the enjoyment of them to all alike; he did this with regard to the preaching. Therefore, Paul repeatedly says, “among all the Gentiles,” to show that he in no respect favors them, but is fulfilling his master’s command.

“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise” (v. 14). Paul says this, to attribute all to God.  

“So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also” (v. 15). We must consider the task set before Paul. He faced danger, a voyage across the sea, temptations, plotting, and uprisings to name a few. Expecting to undergo these great troubles, for none of these did he become less energetic, but was swift and was in tribulation and was ready-minded. Therefore, he says, “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also.” 

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (v. 16). Why do you think Paul says this phrase, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ”? Paul dealt with the Roman world which was one filled with their riches, their empire, their victories; and their kings they reckoned to be equal to the gods. For this cause the Romans worshipped them with temples and with altars and with sacrifices. They were thus puffed up, but Paul was going to preach Jesus, who was thought to be

To be continued…

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