- Romans 15:12-22
- Rom 15:12 (KJV)
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
(Isa 11:10 KJV) And in that day
there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the
people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Here we have another passage of prophecy from Isaiah. The idea of God
building His church is not only a New Testament truth but it is also
seeded throughout the Old Testament. The root of Jesse is the Lord Jesus
Christ. Jesse was the father of King David and David was a picture of
the Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. So we see that back in
Isaiah God had already planned to include the Gentiles in the eternal
church. Notice in Isaiah 11:10 it speaks about the rest the Lord will
give shall be glorious. This refers to the believers resting in the
finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the eternal rest which He
gives to all His children.
Rom 15:13 (KJV)
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.
Paul here gives a kind word to the Romans. He prays that the God of Hope
fills them with joy and peace as they continue to believe in the Lord
Jesus Christ. Without believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, there can be
no true peace and joy. If one is believing in their theology systems or
some religion, their joy will be superficial plus they will never enjoy
the true peace that the Lord Jesus gives to His redeemed children. The
word “abound” carries with it the meaning of “to prosper.” The true
believer will always prosper in the Christian walk because they have the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit who fills us with hope, even during the
darkest times. The Christian lives the present life in hope. We hope in
the resurrection of our bodies. We hope in the promise of heaven. We
hope in the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also hope in God in
the present times we live in.
Rom 15:14 (KJV)
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
Paul is convinced of the true nature of these Roman Christians. Despite
the problems they had, they were able to overcome through the power of
the Holy Spirit. He believes they are definitely full of goodness and
filled with the spiritual knowledge of Christ and because they have the
proper knowledge, they will be able to warn or instruct one another,
especially in light of the problems that the Roman church had faced.
Paul knew that if they just looked to the Lord for guidance, that they
would be able to work out all the problems which had plagued the church.
Admonishment should come from the brethren and not from outsiders since
the brethren in the church would have the knowledge of certain
Rom 15:15 (KJV)
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,
Boldly - Daring or rash
Sort - Part
Putting you in mind - Reminding them
Paul tells them that he has written to them in a more daring manner than
he has to others, at least in parts of the letter. Paul knew the
problems of the churches but he was also mindful of the fact that there
were many in this church who were more mature so they were able to
handle a more firm letter. We can deduce this by reading the passages
concerning the treatment of the weaker brethren by those who were the
stronger brethren. Paul reminds them that he too is a recipient of the
grace of God and that he does not make these assertions in this letter
on his own but under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So the Holy
Spirit would definitely know how tough he needed to get with these
Christians so no line would be crossed which would hurt them.
Rom 15:16 (KJV)
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.
Paul continues his thread from verse 15 that it is by the grace of God
that he was made a minister of the Lord Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. He
was a minister of God to the Gentiles that he would offer them up. This
means that he would help them become a sacrifice for the kingdom of God
but not the type of sacrifice which was found in the Old Testament.
Remember in chapter 12, we read that we need to be a living sacrifice
and that is what Paul was equipping the Gentile Christians to be. Since
these Gentiles had become saved and indwelled by the Holy Spirit, he was
helping to make them acceptable. The word “acceptable” carries with it
the meaning of “well-received or approved.”
(2 Tim 2:15 KJV) Study to show thyself
approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth. Do you remember in
Chapter 15:4, how we are to study those Scriptures so we are to know
what we are to do? Well the 2 Timothy passage confirms that teaching in
Romans here that we must study to also become the workman of God that
will not be ashamed. We can be ashamed when we walk around with a big
Bible under our arms and not know the contents of it. Unfortunately,
that is the major situation in today’s churches.
Rom 15:17 (KJV)
I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in
those things which pertain to God.
Paul knew that he could glory, but only in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Galatians 6:14 teaches us that we are to glory in the cross of Christ.
In of ourselves we do not have anything to glory about. The cross of
Christ definitely pertains to the things of God because it was God who
engineered the sacrifice of Christ to save the Elect which He named
before the foundation of the world. We can also glory in the things
which God has done for us in this life and the hope He offers for the
next life. Any Christian who glories in themselves is a self-worshipper
and has an arrogant spirit and can expect God to chastise them to bring
them back to reality.
Rom 15:18 (KJV)
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,
Paul knew that he was a person in the hands of Christ and he would not
bring into any situation the things which he had done, instead he always
exalted Christ and what Christ had done. You never hear Paul speaking as
we hear so many today brag that Christ used me to do this or I did that
or this. We see in the life of the Apostle Paul that he always set about
to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. Anything which Paul accomplished,
whether in word or deed, he attributed it to the Lord Jesus Christ. By
speaking in those terms, the Gentiles learned the truth about Christ.
People will never learn the truth about Christ when the one preaching is
always talking about themselves. The people will learn about the
preacher and will remain ignorant about the Lord Jesus. Unfortunately,
this seems to be the overriding situation in the churches and in
Rom 15:19 (KJV)
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.
The same God who parted the Red Sea and performed the ten plagues on the
Egyptians had uses signs in the early church to confirm the word that
the Apostles were teaching were from God.
(Mark 16:20 KJV) And they went forth, and
preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the
word with signs following. Amen. The reason
that miracles were performed in the early church were to confirm the
word which was being preached. The miracles had waned by the end of the
first century with the completion of the Bible in 95 AD. Paul makes sure
that his readers know that it was not him performing the miracles but it
was the power of the Spirit of God who did it. Paul also tells them that
he had preached the Gospel in Jerusalem and even to the place of
Illyricum. Illyricum was about 1,000 miles from Jerusalem and was
situated northwest of Macedonia and directly east of Italy. He states
that he has fully proclaimed the Gospel of Christ to all these areas and
Rom 15:20 (KJV)
Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ
was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
Paul’s desire was to preach in virgin territory where the Gospel was
never preached before. His desire was to reach the areas which were not
yet reached with the Gospel. This is the true missionary spirit in that
he wanted to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles in different parts of the
world, this way centers of evangelism could be formed and then the
Gospel sent out from there by other brethren whom the Lord saved. Paul
did not want to bring the Gospel in an area where there was already a
Gospel work going on because he did not want it to seem he was trying to
build on another’s work. He wanted to see the widest distribution of the
Gospel as possible which meant that he was going to different places
where the Gospel was not yet proclaimed. This is why God gives us
different ministries because one person may be able to reach a group
that another person cannot.
- Rom 15:21 (KJV)
But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall
see: and they that have not heard shall understand.
(Isa 52:15 KJV) So shall he sprinkle
many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which
had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard
shall they consider. Paul uses this verse from
Isaiah to give understanding why he was preaching the Gospel in the
places where no one had ever preached the Gospel before. This verse
teaches us that there will be Elect in all those different places and
that is why the Gospel must go out throughout the whole world and not
just in populated places. When the Gospel is proclaimed, those who never
heard, who are the Elect of God, will understand once they have become
saved. It will be fulfillment of the prophecy from Isaiah.
Rom 15:22 (KJV)
For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.
It was for the reason of Paul spending much time preaching the Gospel
which has hindered him from paying a personal visit to the Roman
Christians. Paul was like Nehemiah, he knew the task he had at hand at
that time which had to be completed and nothing was to divert him from
the goal of preaching the Gospel to those who never heard it. The true
preacher of the Gospel is sold out to the preaching of the Gospel and
that is the attitude which we must take in these last days. The things
of the world need to take a back seat to the proclamation of the Gospel.