Romans Lesson 28 Day 2

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3. My dear brothers and sisters, I am fully convinced of —

I am fully convinced of your genuine spirituality. I know that each of you is stuffed full of God’s goodness, that you are richly supplied with all kinds of revelation-knowledge, and that you are empowered to effectively instruct one another. (Romans 15:14 TPT)

Other Versions —

  • sincerity, spirituality, disposition to aid one another. (GBS)*
  • full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV)
  • full of goodness, knowledge, and the ability to help and instruct one another. (Voice)
  • rich in goodness, amply filled with all [spiritual] knowledge and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another also. (AMPC)
  • well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. (MSG)

This week, I encouraged a young, enthusiastic believer. It seemed to me others were steering clear of him. He’s also a computer whiz, so I asked him for advice. After providing some helpful tips, he told me about the Christian YouTube videos he created. I watched a several of them, clicked the thumbs up, and left short comments. He was overjoyed! His text included LOTS of exclamation points. 

Another friend has been through so much recently. She’s feeling rejected and frustrated. I wasn’t sure what to say, but I hope that by listening and offering support, I helped some.

I don’t want any of us to become discouraged or grow cold.

Who knows what opportunities will present themselves today or next week?

4. Paul’s encouragement sandwich

Paul ends with encouragement. I recently heard the leadership tool called an Encouragement Sandwich.

An encouragement sandwich is a positive way to communicate corrective comments while continuing to build up the person to whom you are speaking. It works like this: say something nice and encouraging, like, “I love the way you drew the sun, it looks so colorful and bright” then say something corrective, like, “if you go slower, it’s easier to color in the lines”, then say something else encouraging, like, “this looks so good that I want to put it on the fridge right now!”

Bingo! Encouragement sandwich. (link)

Paul began his letter by identifying himself and his calling. He spoke the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ over them. (NKJV)

He went on to say how he prays for them and longs to visit in person, to impart … some spiritual gift, so that you may be established–that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. (Romans 1:11-12 AMPC)

Some consider Paul’s letter to the Romans the fifth gospel. Because Paul couldn’t always visit in person, he wrote letters of instruction. His letters never failed to convey his deep love and devotion to the Jewish and Gentile believers.

In Romans 14:14, Paul begins to sum up his instructions by encouraging them to walk in love. Verse 19–So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (ESV)

In chapter 15, Paul continues to explain what church-family love looks like.

5. Role of a priest — an intermediary between man and God.

[Priests] represented the people before God, and offered the various sacrifices prescribed in the law. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)

For this grace has made me a servant of the gospel of God, constantly doing the work of a priest, for I endeavor to present an acceptable offering to God; so that the non-Jewish people of the earth may be set apart and made holy by the Spirit of holiness. (Romans 15:16 TPT emphasis added)

Romans 15:16 is filled with the language of priesthood. Paul says he serves as a “ministering priest” of Jesus Christ presenting the gospel as a “priestly service” so Gentile converts would be an acceptable sacrifice to God.

i. “When he defines his ministry as ministering the gospel of God the apostle uses a word occurring nowhere else in the New Testament which may properly be rendered ‘acting as a priest.’ So the ministry of the gospel is conceived of after the pattern of priestly offering.” (Murray) (via Guzik)


*George Barker Stevens The Epistles of Paul in Modern English by George Barker Stevens (see resource page for details about the translations referenced here.)

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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 28 Day 2 ~ Romans 15:14-16