Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 44



Romans ~ Being Servants, Like Christ
Rom. 15:8-13
Remember, from chapter 14 and the opening section of chapter 15, the subject
is tolerance in neutral matters (where there is no sin). It is probable, some of
these issues pertained to the divide between Jews and Gentiles.
Here, in chapter 15, verses 8-13, Paul reminds his readers that “Christ became a
servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the
promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify
God for His mercy…”
Everything here relates to the subject presented in chapter 14 and 15. (1) Christ
became a servant. (2) His service included the Gentiles. (3) This showed God’s
faithfulness, since promises had been made inclusive of Gentiles. And (4) the
whole object was, “that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy.” Christ
was a servant. God is faithful and merciful. We, as God’s people, ought to be
servants who are faithful and merciful. That connects with the attitudes enjoined
in the previous context.
Observe how Paul connects this with Old Testament statements, four are given
in rapid succession.
The first pictures David as rejoicing in God for his triumphs in the midst of
the nations that have become subject to him.
The second (from Deut.) – the position of the Gentiles is elevated to
participation with Israel in the praise of the Lord. (V.10).
The third quotation (verse 11) – calls upon the Gentiles to praise the Lord.
The fourth (in verse 12) – shows that Christ, “the root of Jesse,” would arise
to reign over the Gentiles – thus, the Gentiles can enter the Kingdom and live under the
authority of Christ.
So in this progression or sequence – God raised up Christ, to redeem all people
– regardless of their Jewish or Gentile blood. God is faithful, merciful, impartial and
Christ illustrates what it means to be a servant. We need to be servants, following
His model.
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