Bearing Others’ Burdens
1We #Rom. 14:1; (Gal. 6:1, 2); 1 Thess. 5:14then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2#1 Cor. 9:22; 10:24, 33; 2 Cor. 13:9Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3#Matt. 26:39; (Phil. 2:5–8)For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, #Ps. 69:9“The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4For #Rom. 4:23, 24; 1 Cor. 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5#1 Cor. 1:10; Phil. 1:27Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6that you may #Acts 4:24with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Glorify God Together
7Therefore #Rom. 14:1, 3receive one another, just #Rom. 5:2as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. 8Now I say that #Matt. 15:24; Acts 3:26Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, #(Rom. 4:16); 2 Cor. 1:20to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9and #John 10:16that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
#2 Sam. 22:50; Ps. 18:49“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name.”
10And again he says:
#Deut. 32:43“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”
#Ps. 117:1“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!”
12And again, Isaiah says:
#Is. 11:1, 10“There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”
13Now may the God of hope fill you with all #Rom. 12:12; 14:17joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
From Jerusalem to Illyricum
14Now #2 Pet. 1:12I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, #1 Cor. 1:5; 8:1, 7, 10filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, #Rom. 1:5; 12:3because of the grace given to me by God, 16that #Acts 9:15; Rom. 11:13I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the #(Is. 66:20)offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus #Heb. 2:17; 5:1in the things which pertain to God. 18For I will not dare to speak of any of those things #Acts 15:12; 21:19; 2 Cor. 3:5; Gal. 2:8which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, #Rom. 1:5to make the Gentiles obedient— 19#Acts 19:11in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, #1 Cor. 3:10; (2 Cor. 10:13, 15, 16)lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21but as it is written:
#Is. 52:15“To whom He was not announced, they shall see;
And those who have not heard shall understand.”
Plan to Visit Rome
22For this reason #Rom. 1:13; 1 Thess. 2:17, 18I also have been much hindered from coming to you. 23But now no longer having a place in these parts, and #Acts 19:21; 23:11; Rom. 1:10, 11having a great desire these many years to come to you, 24whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, #Acts 15:3and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may #Rom. 1:12enjoy your company for a while. 25But now #Acts 19:21I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. 26For #1 Cor. 16:1; 2 Cor. 8:1–15it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For #Rom. 11:17if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, #1 Cor. 9:11their duty is also to minister to them in material things. 28Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them #Phil. 4:17this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29#(Rom. 1:11)But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.
30Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and #Phil. 2:1through the love of the Spirit, #2 Cor. 1:11; Col. 4:12that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31#2 Tim. 3:11; 4:17that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that #2 Cor. 8:4my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32#Rom. 1:10that I may come to you with joy #Acts 18:21by the will of God, and may #1 Cor. 16:18be refreshed together with you. 33Now #Rom. 16:20; 1 Cor. 14:33; 2 Cor. 13:11; Phil. 4:9; (1 Thess. 5:23); 2 Thess. 3:16; Heb. 13:20the God of peace be with you all. Amen.