1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
<b>To bear infirmities is to carry them away in prayer and cast those burdens on the Lord. (Is 53:4, Matt 8:17)
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Pet 5:7 amp)
Love thinks of the other person first. Love is not selfish (1Cor 13). If people would seek the pleasure of others more than their own, strife would be killed. "Only by pride comes contention" (Pr 13:10).</b>
2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
<b>Christ does not seek to do the things that please Him, but that which pleases His Father (John 8: 29). The abuses and insults against God, Christ took on Himself (Ps 69: 9).</b>
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
<b>All that has been recorded in the Old Testament, is meant for our benefit. That by constant endurance, patience and the encouragement received from the Scriptures we might hold fast to the hope we have in Christ (1 Tim. 1:1).
Patience is not produced by trouble and tribulation, here Paul makes it clear that patience comes from the word of God, trouble and tribulation causes us to exercise and use our patience, thereby moving in faith levels. (James 1:3)
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If tribulations produced patience, every Christian would be patient, for everyone has experienced trouble and tribulation.</b>
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
<b>Patience, endurance and comfort is the nature of God and we draw this from Him.
When we are in unity in Him, then the power of God is able to work among us.
Then with one voice we would praise and glorify God the Father through the Holy Spirit in our Lord Jesus Christ.</b>
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
<b>Just as we are accepted in Christ, so are we to receive one another (Eph. 1: 6, Mark 9: 37).
This pleases God and glorifies His Name.</b>
8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
<b>Jesus Christ came to minister, not to be ministered to, He came to the Jews as a servant to the truth of God and confirmation of the promises made to their ancestors.</b>
9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
<b>In addition He came as a witness to the non Jews, according to God's promises, that God might be glorified for His mercy to them. (Psalm 18:49)</b>
10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
<b>It was always God's purpose that Jew and non Jew should rejoice together in the Salvation that Christ has achieved. (Deut. 32: 43, Ps. 117: 1)</b>
12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
<b>A quotation from (Isaiah 11: 1,10) that a descendant of Jesse (David's father) would come forth to reign over the non Jews and that they would hope in Him, that is Christ .</b>
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
<b>Paul prays that God, who is the source of all hope, will fill all believers with the joy and peace of His Salvation through Christ.
This is brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit who is able to make it abound and overflow. (Rom 8:13 amp)</b>
14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
<b>Paul had confidence that his brothers, were full of goodness and in possession of ample knowledge to be able to instruct or admonish one another.
Unlike those who engaged in the vices that he had mentioned in the beginning of his letter, the believers in Rome were living upright lives and showing genuine love and concern for others.
Among them were those who had been Christ's disciples even before Paul came to be a believer. (Rom 16:7)
So the community of believers in Rome did have the essential fullness of knowledge to provide whatever instruction or admonition may have been needed</b>
15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,
16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
<b>His concern for those who became believers was that he might be able to present them as an acceptable offering to God, sanctified (set apart) or made holy through the operation of Holy Spirit within them.</b
17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.
18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
<b>Paul's preaching of God's word was confirmed by signs and wonders. (Acts 19: 11) From Jerusalem to Illyricum he faithfully proclaimed the Gospel message.</b>
20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.
<b>A quote from (Is 52: 15).</b>
22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.
23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;
24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.
25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
<b>Fellow believers, primarily non Jews, in Macedonia and Achaia had learned about the plight of their Jewish brothers and were pleased to make a contribution for poor believers in Jerusalem.</b>
27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
<b>Accordingly, non Jewish believers were indebted to their Jewish brothers for having come to enjoy the standing of approved children of God and all the privileges and blessings in Christ.</b>
28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
<b>After completing his ministry for the needy believers in Jerusalem, making sure that this contribution (literally, fruit) was safely handed over to them, Paul planned to head for Spain and on his way, to stop in Rome.</b>
29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
<b>The first act God released upon mankind was the blessing (Gen 1:28). What is the blessing? The blessing is the ability, enabling, anointing or power that comes from God, giving a person the ability to do what he or she couldn't do in the natural.
Words, specifically God's Word, releases the blessing. Jesus is the word (John 1:1) and the seed of the blessing (Gal 3:13-16) all spiritual blessing is located in Christ and is given by the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:3 amp).
God will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you (Genesis 12:1-3).
How does this happen?
1. In Christ, every spiritual blessing (empowerment to prosper and have success (Josh 1:8)) is made available to us (Eph 1:3) In Him we walk in the blessing of God.
2. Outside of Christ is the curse (empowerment to fail) and we walk in the judgement that satan is carrying, judgement that is for him, not us. (John 16:11)
3. To curse someone means to speak negatively of them.
4. To bless means to speak good of someone.
5. Whenever we curse someone who is blessed, we invite a curse on ourselves.
6. Get away from people (or anything else) who may be negatively affecting your thinking. Negative thinking will produce negative speaking.</b>
30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
<b>This shows how important Paul thought prayer was.
Here he makes an appeal to the believers in Rome for the sake of Jesus Christ and by the love that is shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Spirit to become one with him (intercession the joining of believers in Christ, on behalf of others) in earnest interceding prayer to God. (1 Tim 2:1-6)</b>
31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.
33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
<b>The God of peace be with you all, that through the power of the Holy Spirit, He will help you to take your rightful place to possess the whole earth through Christ.
As you grow into the faith of Christ, you will not only change your world, but will also be empowered to change the world around you!
(Click on the link at the bottom of this page, to find out more about growing into Christ through levels of faith.</b>