Romans- Week 14- Day 2- Romans 15:17-19

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 hath 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 round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Rom 15:17-19


Because God had called and empowered him to be the apostle to the gentiles, Paul says he has much for which he can glorify God.  Many gentile people had become obedient to the Word of God because of Christ’s working in Paul.  The Holy Spirit had used signs and wonders in and through Paul so that Paul would have the chance to preach the gospel to many gentile people.


Any good that happens as a result of our ministry happens because of what God has done in and through us.  We should not take the credit for what God has done.  He saved us.  He indwells us with His Spirit.  He brings about the change in others.

Any good that happens as a result of our ministry happens because of the Truth of the Gospel.  God glorifying ministry is Gospel ministry.  For the believer all ministry we do should point to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins.


Take some time to glorify God in prayer for…

…what He has done in you.

…what He has done through you.

Ask God who He wants you to minister to today.

Romans- Week 14- Day 1- Romans 15:14-16

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.  (15)  Nevertheless, 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,  (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 Ghost.

Romans 15:14-16


Paul was sincerely concerned about describing his true motives for writing this letter to the church at Rome.  It was a church that he did not start, and had never met face to face.  At the end or writing such a substantial, bold and direct letter to them he wanted them to know his heart for them and his calling from God to them.

He makes a statement in verse 14 about His belief about God’s working in them.  He says that he was confident that they were full of goodness, filled with knowledge, and able to admonish one another.  This is language that emcompasses a broad and deep understanding of spiritual maturity.  They valued things that were good.  They understood and valued the Word of God that they had.  They used their valuing of what is good, and their knowledge of the Word of God to encourage the good and discourage the bad in one another.

He goes on to say that even though he believes this about them, he has written them this bold letter because of God’s calling and grace in his life.  Their church was a gentile church, and God had called Paul to be the apostle to the gentiles.  In sending them this letter He was being obedient to God in helping to encourage and build up the gentiles in this church and thereby glorify and honor God.


I’m struck by the threefold description of those in this church.  I propose three application questions that are driven by this description:

1.  Do I properly value and exhibit goodness?

2.  Am I growing in my knowledge of God’s wisdom and knowledge?

3.  Am I in relationships where calling out sin and encouraging one another happens?

Also, I think Paul balances the perceptions of the people here with the authority with which he speaks to them.  He understands how he could be taken, but also gives them the reason why he risks that perception.  He was living out His calling from God.  This is the kind of courage and discernment we must exhibit as people who are disciples of Jesus Christ.


Which of the three questions above is the most critical for me to work on in my life?