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23 October, 2015

The Scriptures —Study 26 — Romans 15:14-33

Study 26 From The Book of Romans Is: Romans 15:14-33

The Epistle from 1:16 onwards has been more like a treatise than a letter. Paul now resumes the epistolary form, and there are many links between this closing section and 1:1-15.

1.      How does Paul in verses 15-21 describe his work—in relation to its nature, scope, power and results? How far is the description applicable to our own work in connection with the gospel?

2.      What matters lay nearest to Paul’s heart at this time, as shown in verses 20-25? Also, what may we learn about the importance which he attached to intercessory prayer? Have we kindred spirit and outlook?
1.      Verse 16. The figure here is that of the sacrifices of the Old Testament ritual. Paul’s work was to bring the Gentiles to God as an offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  
2.      The contributions of the Gentile churches to the poor of the church in Jerusalem were the result of much labour on Paul’s part, and he looked for important results in the drawing together of Jewish and gentile believers Cf. 2 Cor. 8 and 9, especially 9:12-15.