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Romans 15:30-33

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Romans 15:30
  • Romans 15:31
  • Romans 15:32
  • Romans 15:33

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 requests prayer from the believers and says that if his prayers are answered he will be able to come to them with joy and find rest.

 

Throughout his letters, Paul recognizes the power and need for prayer many times. He urges his brothers in Rome to pray for him and makes two specific requests in these verses. Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me. First, that he would be rescued from those who are disobedient (nonbelievers) in Judea and second that his service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints. Jerusalem is in Judea, Jerusalem being the city and Judea the region. Paul had already experienced an attempt on his life from people in Judea who likely would still want to kill him (Acts 9:23-25).

 

Paul believes that if these two things are accomplished he may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. Paul is expressing great confidence that the Roman believers will receive his message and reject the slander of the competing Jewish “authorities.” Paul makes plans throughout this chapter but notes here that he will visit the believers in Rome by the “will of God,” making it clear that he was committed to living out what God desires for his life. He concludes with a blessing, now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Biblical Text

30 Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; 32 so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

 

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