by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 15:23-33 (24 of 25)
Harley Howard

23 But now having no more place in these parts, and
having a great desire these many years to come unto

24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will
come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and
to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I
be somewhat filled with your company.
25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the

Paul's desire was to visit the Roman believers.
Paul's habit did not change. His habit was always to
visit the saints when he finished missionary works.
There was not much down time for Paul. The Bible
reveals that Paul was a great worker for the Lord and
to the people of God and even to sinners. But before
he could visit them he had to go and minister to the
Jerusalem saints. This means that Paul brought the
collection that he collected from the other churches
to help the poor saints in Jerusalem.

26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to
make a certain contribution for the poor saints which
are at Jerusalem.

This collection from these Macedonian churches we have
seen in 2nd Corinthians. Achaia is in a region in Rome
and the reference may have been to the Corinthian

27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they
are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of
their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister
unto them in carnal things.

This is a very interesting statement for a number of
reasons. The Gentile churches owed a debt to the
Jewish believers because the gospel came to them
through the Jews. We saw this in Romans 11. We can
also see that spiritual matters are of far greater
importance than material matters. We also can see
that the saints owe a debt to those who serve in
spiritual matters. The Gentiles owed the Jews in
Jerusalem whatever support that was needed because
they were the cont ...

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