Romans 15:28-29

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Romans 15:28
  • Romans 15:29

The Apostle Paul writes to the world-renowned believers in Rome, the center of the world at that time, in order to answer a slanderous charge made to them against Paul and his message. Paul’s detractors claim his emphasis on faith overturns the law. Paul says that ” just living by the law” does not achieve personal justice before God, while “just living by faith” does. Paul then demonstrates what a just life looks like: harmonious living with Jesus as the leader. Paul also makes clear the choice a believer has: to walk in faith and the power of the resurrection and experience resurrection life, or walk in sin and unnecessarily experience the negative consequences.

As believers, we ought to encourage other believers in their faith. Christ is our perfect example of how to encourage and show love to other believers; He accepted the Gentiles into His family and this is a reason for rejoicing. Paul has been longing to visit the believers in Rome and he explains his plans to see them on his way to Spain.

Paul says again that he plans to go to Spain by way of Rome.


Once Paul has finished this, delivered the contribution from the churches in Macedonia (northern Greece, Philippi and Thessalonica) and Achaia (southern Greece, including Corinth) to the poor saints in Jerusalem, he plans to go on by way of you (Rome) to Spain. By put my seal on this fruit of theirs, Paul means he desires to see this money (fruit) delivered safely to the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.


Paul says he will visit the believers in Rome in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. This could mean that he has confidence that he will be richly received by the Romans believers, that his visit will be a blessing to them, that he will come with the blessing of Christ because he has chosen to walk in obedience to God, or it could mean all three. Either way, Paul is confident that his visit with the believers in Rome will be an encouragement to him and them (Romans 1:12).


Paul did not make it to Rome in the way he planned here. He was later taken to Rome under house arrest and was eventually martyred there. Acts 27 and 28 explain Paul’s journey Rome. Paul knew he was going to his death but gladly did so because that is what God led him to do (Acts 20:23).

Biblical Text

28 Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain. 29 I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

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