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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Romans Chapter 15 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (57 AD)
Overview: How to Behave (c 12-16)
Theme: Paul's Personal Notes (c 15-16)
Message: Reasons for Living  (v 1-33)

Romans 15 Commentary

(15:1-13) Living to Please Others - Paul continues his discussion from chapter 14 on how believers should relate to one another, especially when there are disagreements on matters of opinion. There is no question that a variety of opinions on many matters will be represented in any church—and the church in Rome was no exception. Paul uses “strong” and “weak” to describe the believers. “Strong” believers are those who understand their freedom in Christ and who are sensitive to the concerns of others. They realize that true obedience comes from the heart and conscience of each individual. “Weak” believers are those whose faith has not yet matured so as to be free of some of the rituals and traditions. “Strong” believers can function in a variety of situations and be influences for good; “weak” believers find that they need to stay away from some situations in order to maintain a clear conscience. But both are still believers, and both are still seeking to obey God.

(15:14-22) Paul's Reason for Writing - Although Paul referred briefly to his reason for writing earlier in the letter, here in his closing remarks, he says more about his reasons for writing. He also explains his writing style. In these verses, we feel the heartbeat of Paul’s missionary zeal.

(15:23-33) Paul's Travel Plans - It is quite evident that Paul was not aware that his plan to go to Rome was about to be accomplished in a way he did not foresee. His imprisonment in Jerusalem and in Caesarea and his eventual travel to Rome was completely at the expense of the Roman Empire.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Allowing Jesus to be Lord of All

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Romans with Chapter 15 and in our text we see Paul continuing to teach on Christian behavior with how we are to live to please others, edifying, and to fellowship with believers. Paul is explaining how we should accept Jesus' lordship in all areas of our lives. He is to have complete control. How about you? Do you see that Jesus wants to be Lord of all things in our live? Let us learn from our text today and the truths that Paul shares with us to allow Jesus to be Lord of  all areas in our lives. 


Romans 15

Romans 15

 1We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

 2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

 3For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

 4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 5Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

 6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 7Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

 8Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

 9And 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.

 10And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

 11And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.

 12And 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.

 13Now 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.

 14And 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.

 15Nevertheless, 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,

 16That 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.

 17I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

 18For 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,

 19Through 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.

 20Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:

 21But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

 22For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

 23But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;

 24Whensoever 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.

 25But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.

 26For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

 27It 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.

 28When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

 29And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

 30Now 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;

 31That 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;

 32That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

 33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.