Continuing through Paul’s letter to the Roman church, he’s making his concluding remarks. A lot of people skip over this section of the epistle, but it still contains some important thoughts.
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
Here Paul explains the reasoning behind this letter. He has just given them the complete pattern for the victorious Christian walk. The apostle did this because he’s convinced that they’re full of goodness.
When he uses the word, goodness, he’s talking about God’s definition, not man’s. He believes that their desire is to carry out God’s plan for their lives. That goes for us as well. If we’re not pursuing God’s plan, then the book of Romans will be of no value to us.
Paul also tells them that their knowledge has been completed. That’s because Paul has given them everything they need to grow and overcome in Christ by the Spirit.
The word teach means that they now have the power to put in mind, caution, warn, and train one another. This is something we need to do – if we’ve been trained by the Holy Spirit.
He then gives us an interesting description of this letter.
I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In describing this letter, he says that he’s been very bold in some points. I believe these are a few of the things he’s referring to:
If you try to live under the law you’ve lost touch with Christ.
You need to grow up.
You need to walk in the spirit.
The truth is that we need them preached today. We need to be walking in the whole truth of God.
Paul also gives us insight into his ministry. He tells us the reasons behind what he does. He says, “It’s because of the grace God gave me.”
This is the understanding of grace that we need in our generation. It’s the commodity of God’s power and resources flowing in and through His people. God’s grace to me is different than God’s grace to you.
At one point Paul met with the Apostles of Christ in Jerusalem.
James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews.
In looking at the outward signs of God’s grace, they saw two different ministries – Jews and Gentiles. In talking about this grace, Paul uses an interesting word picture.
Paul says that God has made him a priest of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He was given the priestly duty to proclaim the Good News. He does this specifically to present the Gentiles as an acceptable, well-received, and approved offering to God. Because of this ministry, the Gentiles are in the process of being sanctified and cleaned up by the Holy Spirit.
That was Paul the Apostle’s grace. The real questions are; what’s my grace, and what’s your grace? It’s our job to find out.
That’s what we’re going to be rewarded for. More importantly, that’s what we’re supplied and equipped for.
Question: What is God’s grace calling you to do?
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