TO ALL MY STUDENTS, READERS, AND FRIENDS
Little did I know that when we started our study of Romans, chapter 14, that we would finish just before Christmas. God sure has a way of arranging things. I hope you learned something and enjoyed the study.
Next comes the heart touching Chapter fifteen of Romans. But Paul has a few things to say about his subject in chapter fourteen before he begins his closing farewell in verse five. From the beginning of this letter, he knew what he wanted he wanted to say, he said what he wanted to say, and he was glad he had said what he wanted to say.
Now he could take a deep breath of relief. Just like when any of us write a letter of instruction, he hoped that those who read it would understand what he wrote, like what he wrote, and would respond positively to what he wrote.
No doubt that’s why Paul’s prayed for the following blessings to become a reality for his Roman brothers and sisters in Christ at Rome. He prayed that God would give them endurance, encouragement to follow Jesus with all their heart and with one voice. They were to accept one another without prejudice or bias. And glorify God for his grace and mercy.
To express himself Paul uses the words of Moses, Samuel, David, and Isaiah. He speaks of joy, peace, trust, and hope. He is happy that God called him to be an Apostle to the Gentiles.
Then he shares his desire to visit Rome in person, and then go on to new territory in Spain. But as of now, he was headed for Jerusalem so he asks them to pray that he would have a safe journey and that God would protect him from those who still might be out to silence him.
We learn a lot about Paul in this fifteenth chapter. It gives us something to measure ourselves and show what true feelings he had for those in Rome that he knew and those he wanted to meet. I’m sure you will enjoy looking deeper into the personal life of this great Apostle.
As any professor would do in any university, he and his student would take their Christmas and New Years break. So that’s what we are going to do. We will commence our study of Romans 15 when we get back on January 4, 2019. So until next year, may God bless you and give you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the glory and honor of God our father, Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit our Comforter and Guide. – Dr. Robert R Seyda