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
- 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).
- Believers must please each other for mutual edification and hope (vv. 2-4).
- Believers must be like-minded so they glorify God together (vv. 5-6).
- 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).