Romans Chapter 15
1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
This chapter begins with believers being instructed to help our fellow man. At times putting other before ourselves. We are to bear one another's burdens and be pleasing to our neighbor to improve them morally. We must set an example for others to live by.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
This section instructs believers to unify in Christ. This is what the bible calls the body of Christ or the church. It says to glorify Christ with one mind and be like minded one toward another. The church needs to work on this. There can be a lot of divisions in the church just like the world.
8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
This section addresses old testament covenants and praise due unto God. Verse 8 states, Jesus was a minister of the circumcision or the Jews. That was his purpose here, to minister to the Jews and become there king. At that point, they were to go into the world and preach Christ to every nation, and Jesus would be the God of all people. This was a promise made to the old testament fathers. The gentiles are told to rejoice with the Jews, because Christ is God to all. By all means praise the Lord every chance you get. The last verse talks about the lineage of Christ starting from Jesse. Through Christianity, Christ will reign over the gentiles and all who believe, will trust him (salvation).
16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.
18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:
21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.
Here the Apostle Paul states his authority in Christ. He was called to be the minister to the Gentiles. Teaching them the Gospel of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. He was taught by Jesus through the spirit, that he might teach the will of God to the Gentiles. Doing so, through mighty signs and wonders, made possible by the Holy Spirit. He goes on to say that, he is commanded to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, because the Jew's had the other apostles (building upon another man's foundation). The last verses explains why the Gentiles needed an apostle. It was because they had never heard about any of this stuff. The Jews already had the scriptures.
26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
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 section makes note of how a group of gentiles in Greece, pooled their money to give to the poor believers in Jerusalem. Through the Jews, the gentiles received spiritual blessing and as repayment they gave them carnal blessing or money.
30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.
33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Paul asks the believers in Rome, to whom this letter is addressed, to pray for him in his travels. He asks for them to pray that he might be protected from hostile unbelievers, that want to harm or kill him. He also requests prayer, that the believers in Jerusalem accept the money from the gentiles. Many Jews still saw Gentiles as filthy dogs. He also needs their prayers so that he will live and see them again.
I hope this was a blessing to you. I will leave you with the only way to heaven, the gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: