Bible: Romans 15:7-19
Exhortation to Mutual Acceptance
15:7 Receive one another, then, just as Christ also received you, to God’s glory. 15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised 1 on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 2 15:9 and thus the Gentiles glorify God for his mercy. 3 As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.” 4 15:10 And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” 5 15:11 And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him.” 6 15:12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, and the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in him will the Gentiles hope.” 7 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, 8 so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul’s Motivation for Writing the Letter
15:14 But I myself am fully convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, 9 that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. 15:15 But I have written more boldly to you on some points so as to remind you, because of the grace given to me by God 15:16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I serve 10 the gospel of God 11 like a priest, so that the Gentiles may become an acceptable offering, 12 sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
15:17 So I boast 13 in Christ Jesus about the things that pertain to God. 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in order to bring about the obedience 14 of the Gentiles, by word and deed, 15:19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem even as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.