B1 What does this mean?
C1 Helping Our Weaker Christian Brother and Sister
D1 We must always be considerate and aware of others. Everyone is offensive in some way, but this is referring to an attitude of doing or saying something that is not necessary. We must also take a stand of respect for God regardless if that is offensive.
E1 Exodus 1:17 NLT but because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too.
E2 Sometimes being offensive can save a life: Ezekiel 3:18-19 NLT If I warn the wicked, saying, ‘You are under the penalty of death,’ but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold you responsible for their deaths. 19 If you warn them and they refuse to repent and keep on sinning, they will die in their sins. But you will have saved yourself because you obeyed me.
E3 The attitude of the Apostle Paul: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 NRSV though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8 So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
E4 Even the Lord Jesus did not seek to please himself. This is a quote from Psalm 69:9.
E5 Matthew 11:29 ESV Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
D2 Verse 4 is one reason we read and study the Old Testament. In the Old Testament
E1 We learn about the character traits of God, His decisions, His management of His kingdom, principles of right and wrong, prophecy, what pleases and displeases Him, etc.
E2 We learn from the people lives and choices examples of success and failure.
E3 We have a source of absolute truth.
E4 We have God’s promises to encourage us.
E5 Spiritual growth as in Matthew 4:4 NRSV but he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (This is a quote from Deuteronomy 8:3 NRSV He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD).
D3 From the Bible Illustrator on God’s patience:
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded. —
The God of patience: — When we say God is patient four things are implied.
I. PROVOCATION. Where there is nothing to try the temper there can be no patience. Humanity provokes God. The provocation is great, universal, constant. Measure His patience by the provocation.
II. SENSIBILITY. Where there is no tenderness or susceptibility of feeling, there may be obduracy and stoicism, but no patience. Patience implies feeling. God is infinitely sensitive. “Oh, do not this abominable thing,” etc.
III. KNOWLEDGE. Where the provocation is not known, however great, and however sensitive the being against whom it is directed, there can be no patience. God knows all the provocations.
IV. POWER. Where a being has not the power to resent an insult or to punish a provocation though he may feel it and know it, his forbearing is not patience, it is simply weakness. He is bound by the infirmity of his nature to be passive. God is all powerful. He could damn all His enemies in one breath. (D. Thomas, D. D.)
D4 Likeminded, seeking to be agreeable to all. Ephesians 4:3 NIV Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
D5 Our whole being—body, soul, and spirit is to praise and bring glory in our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. This should be our attitude, motive, and goal.
E1 Hebrews 4:16 ESV Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
E2 Hebrews 13:9 NLT So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.
C2 Praising God Together
D1 Christians do disagree on trivial things, as has been mentioned, so let us put up with these trivial things without fuss. God doesn’t fuss about us in these things either.
D2 Verse 8 shows Christ Jesus’s ministry to those who are circumcised (Jews) for truth confirming the promises to Israel.
D3 Verse 9-12 shows Christ Jesus’s ministry of mercy to Gentiles. He is Messiah of all people, not just Jews. Deuteronomy 32:43 Brenton Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him; rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people, and let all the sons of God strengthen themselves in him; for he will avenge the blood of his sons, and he will render vengeance, and recompense justice to his enemies, and will reward them that hate him; and the Lord shall purge the land of his people.
D4 True joy and peace can only come from God. Happiness is not mentioned because being happy depends on the circumstances. Our hope is increased by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, because sometimes we are sooo discouraged that only God can help.
C3 Paul Reminds Them God Choose Him to Be Their Apostle
D1 Continuing from the previous verse, the apostle mentions the work of believers for each other. We do have work to do for God.
D2 Romans 15:14 WEL I, myself, am also persuaded about you, my brothers and sisters, that you are also full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, also able to caution one another.
D3 3 ministries of believers to each other. How are we doing?
E1 Goodness
F1 The Greek word is ἀγαθωσύνη agathōsýnē. It means uprightness of heart and life, goodness, kindness.
F2 It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work and ministry in our lives (Galatians 5:22).
F3 God’s light in us produces wonderful changes in our life which can transfer to a better society. Ephesians 5:8-9 NLT for once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
F4 We need God’s power to do these good things (2 Thessalonians 2:11).
E2 Knowledge
F1 The Greek word is γνῶσις gnōsis. It means knowledge.
F2 Here the knowledge is the doctrines and life rules for the Christian life.
F3 ISBE has this comment:
A large part of the usage necessarily relates to natural knowledge (sometimes with a carnal connotation, as Gen 4:1, 17), but the greatest stress also is laid on the possession of moral and spiritual knowledge (e.g., Psalm 119:66; Proverbs 1:4, 7, 22, 29; 8:10, etc.; Luke 1:77; Rom 15:14; 2Pet 1:5-6,). The highest knowledge, as said, is the knowledge of God and Christ, and of God’s will (Hosea 6:6; Romans 11:33; Ephesians 1:17; 4:13; Philippians 1:9; 3:8; Colossians 1:9-10, etc.). The moral conditions of spiritual knowledge are continually insisted on (“If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God,” John 7:17). On the. other hand, the pride of intellectual knowledge is condemned; it must be joined with love (“Knowledge puffeth up, 1 Corinthians 8:1).
E3 Caution
F1 The Greek word is νουθετέω nouthetéō. It means to put in mind, i.e. (by implication) to caution or reprove gently.
F2 A few verses of our ministry to each other.
G1 1 Corinthians 4:14 NLT I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.
G2 Colossians 3:16 NLT Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
G3 1 Thessalonians 5:14 NLT Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
F3 Let us be open to when others come to us and give us warning. Let us listen. We don’t have to bow our knee to them, but we need to listen and not argue, justify ourselves, or make excuses. Let God confirm it to us.
D4 Paul calls himself a priest. It is only in the sense of teaching new converts, especially Gentiles, to give spiritual sacrifices to God.
E1 Sacrifice of our bodies to serve God by living and talking pleasing to God as in Romans 12:1-2.
E2 Sacrifice of praise includes thankfulness and giving God credit for what He has, is, and will do as Hebrews 13:5.
E3 Sacrifice of help includes (as we are able) financial, physical, etc. helps as in Hebrews 13:16.
E4 Sacrifice of martyrdom as in 2 Timothy 4:6.
D5 Verse 17, we always rejoice when God’s work is done, people place their faith and trust into Jesus, and God’s blessings.
D6 Paul is excited that God has used him for many to believe. He gives God the credit.
D7 Verse 22, sometimes God hinders us from something. Paul was hindered from going to Rome for the purpose of preaching the Gospel to those who have never heard.
C4 Paul Plans to Visit Rome
D1 Verses 23-25, Paul has preached in many areas, laid the foundation for the faith, and now on his journeys he has the opportunity for some fellowship with the Roman believers. Compare 1 Corinthians 16 and 2 Corinthians 8-9.
D2 Verses 26-27, part of the reason is financial assistance to the brethren in need. His rationale is that they have helped us spiritually, so we should have them financially.
D3 Verse 28 is Paul’s plan. He will deliver the gifts to the brethren in Israel then come back and stop for a visit in Rome.
D4 Verse 29-30, Paul asks for their prayers so that he will have a safe journey for many Jews wanted Him dead.
D5 Verse 33 teaches that we are to refresh, encourage, bring joy and common hope to each other.
C5 Questions
D1 Define weaker brother or sister.
D2 How can we help them?
D3 What is our motive to help them?
D4 List some reasons for reading and studying the Old Testament.
D5 What are 4 facets of patience?
D6 Name 3 ministries of believers for and to each other. Can the sisters do this for men?
D7 What are some spiritual sacrifices?
B2 How do I apply this to my life? Give me grace O Lord to do these things.
Devotional Notes Romans 15
Posted by Choco at 16:20 on 17 Nov 20
Labels: Paul Apostle, Paul’s visits, praising God, Epistle of Romans, Weaker Brother or Sister

 

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