Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 46



Romans ~ Paul’s Service
Rom. 15:14-33
Christ became “a servant,” as affirmed in Rom. 15:8. His service included
providing redemption for Gentiles, and this exhibited God’s faithfulness and
mercy. All through this there is the strong implication that we also, as God’s
people, should exhibit faithfulness and mercy.
Beginning now with verse 14 in Romans 15, Paul expresses his confidence in
faithful Christians in Rome. There were people there “full of goodness, filled
with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.” Against the warning about
quarrelling over matters of opinion, there is now this positive call to serve one
another.
This mutual service and goodwill, Paul had personally practiced in his ministry
to the Gentiles, yet he doesn’t bring this up to boast. “In Christ Jesus, then, I
have reason to be proud of my work for God.” He continues in verse 18, “I will
not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through
me, to bring the Gentiles to obedience, by word and deed.”
Do you see, that after the discussion in Romans 14, about how to treat one
another in matters neutral, there is this emphasis on serving. God, Christ, Paul –
illustrate faithful and merciful service.
This theme, in my judgment, continues into the last paragraph of Romans 15.
Christians in Macedonia and Achaia contributed to the needs of the Christians
in Jerusalem. They were serving their brethren in need.
Then Paul asked the Christians in Rome to serve him through prayer: “to strive
together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf … May the God of peace
be with you all. Amen.”
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