(33 verses, 1:30 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Christ is the hope of the Jews and the Gentiles. Through Paul’s proclamation of the Gospel Jews and Gentiles are being saved.
- The example of Christ (1-7).
- Christ is the hope of the Jews and the Gentiles (8-13).
- Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles (14-21).
- Paul’s plan to visit Rome (22-33).
- Paul concludes his section on dealing with the weak. We are to bear with them out of love for them. We should seek to build them up and not please ourselves.
- Paul says that the OT Scripture has been written and preserved for our comfort, encouragement, endurance, and hope for all those who hear and read it now.
- The mission and ministry of Christ for Jews and Gentiles is testified to in the OT Scripture and proclaimed in the Gospel. Through the power of the Gospel Jews and Gentiles are being saved. Through the Gospel the two have become a new man – Christians (cf. Eph. 2:15).
- This means that the last two sections (14-33) are not mere travel plans, but evidence of the Gospel doing the very thing Paul has just proclaimed. And because God is fulfilling His promises through Paul’s ministry (including that the Gospel would be preached where it has never been heard), the church at Rome should support and pray for that work.
- The Second Article of the Creed.
- In Christ Jesus the Jews and Gentiles are now one and worship God together. All have been shown the same mercy in Christ. All have received the same forgiveness. Thanks be to God that through the faithful ministry of His pastors we too have received that forgiveness of sins through pure preaching of the Word and the right administration of the sacraments. Through these means He has brought us, whether Jew or Gentile, into His Holy Church.
- Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
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-Pastor Andrew Packer