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Pray to the God of Hope

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Romans 15:13a-c

Pray to the God of Hope

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Introduction

Verse 13 is a kind and gracious benediction, one of Scripture’s richest verses. Fortunately, its wealth was not exhausted on the Romans. It has meaning for us, too.

Speaking of hope at the end of verse 12 caused Paul to raise a prayer to the God of hope. The Apostle prayed God would grant believers the virtues that it is their duty to possess.

The Bible often links accountability and dependence. God commands us to exercise traits only He can give, thereby making sure we come to Him in prayer.

In the believer, every spiritual grace is of divine origin. Our spiritual garments are never homespun; we are divinely clothed from head to foot.

Rom. 15:13a Now may the God of hope. . .

In this prayer by Paul we learn much about the blessings we are meant to receive. We first notice the Person who blesses. God is the Fountain from which all genuine hope flows. In His grace, God allows all humans to share a portion of hope, this respite from trouble. The lost person’s hope is a small, dwarfed version of the real thing, but it still puts a little sparkle in his or her life.

A hopeless life is a bitter life. When hope is gone, the heart is completely broken. We often say, “Where there’s life, there’s hope.” It would also be proper to say, “Where there’s hope, there’s li

Gentiles Owe the Jews

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Romans 15:8-12

Gentiles Owe the Jews

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Introduction

We must accept one another, receiving one another as Christ has received us (verse 7). Exclusiveness needs to be excluded. Jesus came to welcome all people, whatever their differences. We are to do the same.

Jesus proved He intended to overcome exclusiveness by trying to break down one of the most formidable barrier ever erected, the one separating Jews from Gentiles. Christ has united Jews and Gentiles on equal terms. This should motivate us to cultivate love and acceptance toward all.

Rom. 15:8a (Holman) Now I say that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God, . . .

Jesus said, “I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27). Jesus came to minister to people. His earthly servanthood was Jewish in nature. Jesus was a Jew, and His ministry was primarily carried out in the presence of Jews. This fact is often denied in times of intense antisemitism, but is nevertheless true.

Jesus was born, lived, and travelled in Israel. His only departure from Palestine was as a baby, when his dad took Him to Egypt to escape Herod.

Throughout His ministry, Jesus restricted His work mainly to Jews. Jesus came into contact with Gentiles only in indirect ways.

Rom. 15:8b-9a . . .to confirm the promises to the fathers, and so that Gentiles may glorif