Love's Missionary Concern
I. What Paul Commends About His Brethren (14)
Paul never lost sight of the fact that the church at Rome was not founded by him; so before he plunges into an account of his own missionary philosophy, he tactfully congratulates his brethren at Rome on their own accomplishments.
A. Their Goodness of Life (14a)
Remember when Paul said, "for a good man some would even dare to die"? Notice what he says here. What a commendation! This was no mere theoretical goodness; not a goodness described simply by abstaining from evil. Paul was talking about an inherent goodness made possible through Jesus Christ; a transformed life. He was speaking of a practical goodness manifested in helpfulness to others, in bearing the burdens of the weaker brother.
B. Their Grasp of the Truth (14b)
The Roman Christians were apparently diligent students of Christianity. The word used here is a word which speaks of knowledge gained by learning, effort, and experience. We do not know exactly for sure how they gained apostolic truth, but we know that Rome strategically located to be well informed of the events of the church unfolding in Jerusalem.
C. Their Gifts of Exhortation (14c)
Admonished one another--to stir up one another, to call back into the fight. The tendency is to settle down, to take ...
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