|Romans 15 |
1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let everyone of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me."
4 For whatever things were written previously were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That you may with one mind in one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [To be of one mind and one mouth, Christ is in total control of their minds and all words spoken. All are in unity of the Spirit, with the mind of Christ; their old minds having been destroyed by His grace. From the Word of the Lord within: "We stand in the presence of God speaking forth His words as commanded. We stand before Him that we might glorify Him."]
7 Therefore receive you one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of 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 cause I will confess to you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name."
10 And again he said, "Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people."
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brothers, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
15 Nevertheless, brothers, I have written the more boldly to 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 Spirit.
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 has 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 around to Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
20 Yes, so I have strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already known, lest I should build upon another man's foundation.1
21 But as it is written, "To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see; and those who have not heard shall understand."
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 to you;
24 Whenever 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 to Jerusalem to minister to the saints.
26 For it has pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints who are at Jerusalem.
27 It has 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 to them in carnal things.
28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
29 And I am sure that, when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30 Now I beseech you, brothers, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
31 That I may be delivered from those who do not believe in Judea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
32 That I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may with you are refreshed.
33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
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1 Notice! Paul did not want to preach where Christ was already known, saying he didn't want to build on another man's foundation. The reason is: because that foundation was all too often a false foundation, from having heard and believed a false gospel; making it necessary to tear down that foundation in order to lay the real foundation, based on the real message of Jesus, based on what Jesus really demands, based on what Jesus will not tolerate, based on what Jesus will do for the believer of the real message. Paul decries elsewhere those who are preaching a false gospel, wishing them cursed, preaching a different Jesus, and ministers of Satan transformed as the ministers of righteousness; such are from Babylon, spreading their false salvations, preaching pernicious lies, deceiving the hearts of the simple, leading them all to destruction.
Now ask yourself, what message would the devil's agents likely be preaching:
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