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Christians need to follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ who was a perfect example of ministering on behalf of others and not for Himself (v. 3). He did not please Himself, even though He had every right to do so, but was willing to set aside His own desires to follow the Father’s will. He came “to do the will” of the Father who sent Him (John 4:34). Knowledge of the Scriptures affects our attitude toward the present and the future (v.4). The more we know about what God has done in the years past, the greater the confidence we will have about what He will do in the days ahead. If the Lord can receive us with the great gulf that existed between Him and us, should we not also be able to accept and help one another, even if we have minor differences? (verses 5-7).
Jesus came to bring the truth to the Jews, and to show that God is true to His promises (v. 8). Was it selfish of God to work primarily through the Jews? No, because it was through the Jews that He would send the Good News of salvation to the Gentiles. Paul quotes four Old Testament passages that shows the progression of how this all happened:
At the present time Israel has been set aside nationally while the Church is being formed of both Jew and Gentile. But one day in the future Israel will be restored to her place as head of the nations.
Many down through the years have hated the Jews and tried to destroy them (Example: Hitler). Even today there is much anti-Jewish feeling throughout the world. As a Christian I need to be their friend and pray for them.
For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name." And again it is said, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people." And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him." And again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
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Romans 12:1-8Christ Brings New Life
Romans 12:9-16Rules For Christian Living
Romans 12:17-21Repay No One Evil For Evil
Romans 13:1-7Submit to Government
Romans 13:8-10Love Your Neighbor
Romans 13:11-14The Day When Christ Returns
Romans 14:1-6The Law of Liberty
Romans 14:7-12Alive or Dead it Must be For The Lord
Romans 14:13-23How Our Attitude Spreads to Others
Romans 15:1-2Please Others And Not Yourself
Romans 15:3-13The Good News is For Jews And Gentiles
Romans 15:14-19Paul’s Work as a Missionary
Romans 15:20-29Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome
Romans 15:30-33Paul Requests Prayer For The Ministry
Romans 16:1-16Paul Sends Greetings to Friends And Churches
Romans 16:17-20Avoid Devisive People
Romans 16:21-27Paul’s Closing Prayer