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Romans 15

Continuing from chapter 14, Paul concludes how mature and immature believers (“strong…weak”) should interact with one another by teaching that they must edify one another for God’s glory (vv. 1-13). Christian must bear with and receive one another so that they please each other for mutual edification (vv. 1-6), following the example of Christ who did not please himself (v. 3). Christians must also serve each other for the glory of God (vv. 7-13), again following Christ’s example who served others (v. 8).

Paul then describes the character of his ministry in verses 16-21 and tells the Roman church his hope to visit them soon and gain their help to then spread the gospel to Spain (vv. 22-33).

Truths to Nail Down and Meditate On

  1. It is not God’s will for “weak,” immature believers to continue in immaturity. While they learn and grow mature believers (“strong”) must bear with immature believers (“weak,” v. 1).
  2. Believers must please each other for mutual edification and hope (vv. 2-4).
  3. Believers must be like-minded so they glorify God together (vv. 5-6).
  4. Mature believers (“strong”) must serve immature believers (“weak”) by accepting them, just as Christ accepts every believer, so that God is glorified (14:1; 15:7-12).
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