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Paul’s Ministry & Closing Remarks– 15:14-16:27. Romans 15:22-33. The Messenger and His Ministry Part 2. Introduction. This passage contains the description of the ministry of God’s messenger. We have seen: God’s Minister Does a Thorough Job God’s Minister has a World-Wide Vision

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Romans 15 22 33

Paul’s Ministry & Closing Remarks– 15:14-16:27

Romans 15:22-33

The Messenger and His Ministry

Part 2


Romans 15 22 33

Introduction

  • This passage contains the description of the ministry of God’s messenger. We have seen:

  • God’s Minister Does a Thorough Job

  • God’s Minister has a World-Wide Vision

  • God’s Minister Does Not Forget the Present as He Looks to the Future


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Romans 15:28-33

28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. 30Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. 33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.


Romans 15 22 33

God’s Minister Serves in the Gospel of Christ

Romans 15:28-29Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

The minister of God serves in the gospel. Note two significant points.

1.  Paul kept his world-wide vision even in the face of the pressing needs of the Jerusalem believers. He intended to evangelize Rome and Spain, and he would not let the desperate plight of the present need cloud his world-wide vision.


Romans 15 22 33

God’s Minister Serves in the Gospel of Christ

Romans 15:28-29Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

What a lesson for most of us! How long ago would the world have been reached for Christ if we had kept the world before our face despite the pressing needs of our present situations?


Romans 15 22 33

God’s Minister Serves in the Gospel of Christ

Romans 15:28-29Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

2.  It is the "gospel of Christ" and the blessing of it that Paul served. There is no other message or truth that can meet the desperate need of man for life. This life is both abundant and eternal. Paul knew this and it compelled him to proclaim the gospel of Christ.


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God’s Minister Longs for Prayer

Romans 15:30-32Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.

The minister of God begs for prayer. He does not request prayer for selfish reasons, but for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul's one ambition in life was for Jesus Christ to be praised, worshipped, and served by all men. It was for the cause of Christ and His kingdom that Paul wanted people praying for him.


Romans 15 22 33

God’s Minister Longs for Prayer

Romans 15:30-32Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.

Paul needed prayer in three areas in particular.

1.  He needed deliverance from unbelievers. Unbelievers were constantly rejecting, ridiculing, mocking, abusing, threatening, and persecuting him while he was sharing the Gospel.

They mock the messenger because they are unwilling to accept the message!


Romans 15 22 33

God’s Minister Longs for Prayer

Romans 15:30-32Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.

2.  Paul needed prayer that his ministry would be accepted by the saints. He was constantly being opposed by carnal believers. He desired that the believers to whom he ministered would understand his call and ministry and understand why God had placed him with them.


Romans 15 22 33

God’s Minister Longs for Prayer

Romans 15:30-32Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.

3.  Paul needed prayer that he might be allowed to carry out his world-wide vision and be refreshed by believers where he was called to go.


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God’s Minister Sets the Example in Prayer

Romans 15:33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

The minister of God sets the example of intercessory prayer. While Paul was requesting prayer, he broke out into prayer for the Roman believers. The prayer was only one request, but it was forceful and meaningful: "Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”


Romans 15 22 33

God’s Minister Set the Example in Prayer

  • Romans 15:33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

  • Note these facts:

  • What every man needs is peace on the inside and outside.

  • Peace comes from God. If someone wants true peace, they must seek it in God.

  • God is the God of peace. Peace is His very nature.

  • If man could make only one request in life, the request should be to receive the God of peace. This is the one request Paul made for the Roman believers.


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