Romans 15 – Paul, the minister to the Gentiles
Paul writes an encouraging letter to the churches, encouraging them to build each other up, to spread the gospel, and to support him in prayer and in petition.
17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— 19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. – Romans 15:17-19.
Paul’s humble attitude is one that we should emulate to our best abilities. Paul dedicates his entire life to spreading the gospel to the world around him, fully proclaiming the gospel of Christ so that all may have the opportunity to come towards God. He takes glory in his work, acknowledging that it is done for the Father. The signs and wonders which prevail demonstrate God’s support of Paul, as well as his protection – such as Paul’s escape from Damascus and from being held in a prison, and his later escape from a crowded home through hiding in a basket and being drawn through the roof. We too, should learn from Paul’s instructional letters and teachings to foster a spirit of care and system for those around us, and to strive to tell others about the Gospel.
The final chapter of the book of Romans consists of Paul’s personal greetings and formal introductions of those whom have helped him and served the Lord, addressed to the recipients of his letters.
7 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.- Romans 16:17-19
Paul’s final warning in the book of Romans begs us to pay heed to those whom will tempt us, place obstacles in our way, and try to lead us astray from the teachings of Jesus Christ. In the modern day secular world we are constantly bombarded by the media, news, internet and people which are horribly absorbed in sins, such as pornography, corruption and bribery, sexual and marital immorality, drugs…the list goes on. We are to identify these sins and people as not serving the Lord, but serving their own selfish wants – they are looking for self gratification, which of course will not be found in those things. We are to keep our minds guarded day and night, and to be wise in distinguishing between good and evil, keeping to the good, and avoiding the evil.