“Romans 15”Categories: Christian Living, NT Chapter Summaries, The Bible, The Church
Chapter 15 continues the theme of unity in the church.
One of the greatest challenges in the early church was to unite Jews and Gentiles together in one body. It is true that Christ broke down the middle wall of separation between the two (Ephesians 2:14-16). Jesus was, after all, the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
However, the reality is that this unity was not easily accomplished. After centuries of enmity between Jew and Gentile, those hard feelings did not die quickly.
But Paul’s statement is verse 7 is clear: “Therefore receive one another, just as Christ has received us, to the glory of God.”
Paul also speaks of his future plans to travel to Spain with the gospel (verses 17-24). He hoped to visit Rome during that trip.
One of the things Paul mentions in connection with his travels has to do with his evangelistic strategy. His aim was “to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation.” Paul’s plan was to preach in unreached areas, as part of Christ’s commission to reach all nations with the gospel of salvation.
He also makes reference to his plans to deliver benevolent aid to “the saints who are in Jerusalem.” The early church took care of her own, whenever those needs arose.
And he asks the Christians in Rome to pray for him and his work in the Lord.