Romans 15: We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak

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Romans 15
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We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
3
For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me."
4
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
5
Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
6
that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7
Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
8
Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers,
9
and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: "For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name."
10
And again he says: "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!"
11
And again: "Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!"
12
And again, Isaiah says: "There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope."
13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
14
Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
15
Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God,
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that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17
Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God.
18
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient;
19
in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
20
And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation,
21
but as it is written: "To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand."
22
For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you.
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But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you,
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whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.
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But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.
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For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
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It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.
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Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain.
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But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
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Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me,
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that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
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that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.
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Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Romans 15:1-6

2. We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification

Romans 15:1-6
1
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
3
For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me."
4
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
5
Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
6
that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Who are we to bear with and please?
    • Romans 15:1-3
      1
      We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
      2
      Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
      3
      For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me."
  2. Why were things written before in the Scriptures?
    • Romans 15:4
      For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
  3. How are we to be to one another?
    • Romans 15:5
      Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,
  4. With what mind are we to glorify God?
    • Romans 15:6
      that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:7-13

3. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God

Romans 15:7-13
7
Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
8
Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers,
9
and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: "For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name."
10
And again he says: "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!"
11
And again: "Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!"
12
And again, Isaiah says: "There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope."
13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  1. How are we to receive one another?
    • Romans 15:7
      Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
  2. Why has Christ become a servant to the circumcision (non-Jews)?
    • Romans 15:8
      Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers,
  3. How will the Gentiles confess?
    • Romans 15:9
      and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: "For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name."
  4. How will the Gentiles rejoice?
    • Romans 15:10-12
      10
      And again he says: "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!"
      11
      And again: "Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!"
      12
      And again, Isaiah says: "There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope."
  5. How will God fill us with hope?
    • Romans 15:13
      Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:14-16

4. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God

  1. Why are we able to admonish (encourage and warn) one another?
    • Romans 15:14
      Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
  2. Why was Paul bold to write?
    • Romans 15:15
      Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God,
  3. To whom was Paul a minister of the gospel?
    • Romans 15:16
      that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:17-19

5. For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient

Romans 15:17-19
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Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God.
18
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient;
19
in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

  1. What did Paul have reason to do?
    • Romans 15:17
      Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God.
  2. Where had Paul preached?
    • Romans 15:18-19
      18
      For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient;
      19
      in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Romans 15:20-24

6. And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation

Romans 15:20-24
20
And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation,
21
but as it is written: "To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand."
22
For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you.
23
But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you,
24
whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.

  1. What did Paul make it his aim to do?
    • Romans 15:20-21
      20
      And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation,
      21
      but as it is written: "To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand."
  2. What had Paul been hindered from doing?
    • Romans 15:22
      For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you.
  3. What did Paul plan to do?
    • Romans 15:23-24
      23
      But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you,
      24
      whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.

Romans 15:25-27

7. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things

Romans 15:25-27
25
But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.
26
For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
27
It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.

  1. Where was Paul headed next?
    • Romans 15:25
      But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.
  2. What did those in Macedonia do?
    • Romans 15:26
      For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
  3. Why were they debtors to do this?
    • Romans 15:27
      It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.