(1) Walk Thru The Word:  Romans 15: 1421 (ESV) 

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles

14I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. 15But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God 16to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21but as it is written,

“Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.”

(2) Message map Rom. 15: 813

(The Book of Romans: Session 27)

Satisfactory Growth is being Full, Filled & Able

  • Rom 15: 14 14 satisfactory Progress in Christ / Christian growth Is that We are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

We are to be FFA people…

  • Rom 15: 15-16 15But We All Need Reminders, which We Receive through the 16Ministry of the Bold Grace of God
  • Rom 15: 17-19 17Our Pride In Our Work in Christ Results From 18What Christ Accomplishes Through Us. This results in
  • Rom 15: 20-21 God has a location and vicinity in which He wants To Use Our Unique Personality to Proclaim His Gospel, with Our Individual, Unique Style and
  • All is possible because of The Important Journey Christ Made into Jerusalem which we celebrate on Palm Sunday!

(3) Rom 15: 14 14 satisfactory Progress / growth in Christ Is that We are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

14 Paul was satisfied/convinced/persuaded the believers in Rome had made progress in Christ which is identified by their being FFA = Full, Filled and Able …  .

  • Full of Goodness This “Goodness” strictly is a Biblical term that does appear in secular Greek!  It is of believes responding to the in-working of God’s Spirit that produces moral (Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:9, 2 Thessalonians 1:11
    • In Gal 5: 7-15 9 We see our “Goodness” is to apply in how we teach the pure word of God, untainted by the additional rule man wants to attach to the Scriptures. — Gal 5: 7-15 “ 7You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!  13For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”
    • In Eph 5 we see that the Goodness the Holy Spirit works in us produces moral behavior. In vss. 3-4 and 19 it replaces filthy, foolish talk with “thankfulness! and the signing of spiritual songs.” In vs 5 it conforms us to God’s plan for our sexuality,
    • In vss. 15 – 18 it motivates us to make the best use of our time by not spending it getting drunk, but instead doing things that fill us with the Spirit, such as like reading God’s Word and fellowshipping with other believers.
    • In vs. 22-33 we see the HS motivates us to be Godly husbands and wives, which models how Christ loves and is committed to His Church.
    • Eph 5: 6-11 God calls us to actively discern and engage evil. He says this: 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not become partners with them; 8for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
    • In 2 Thes 1: 11-12 we see that God’s mature disciples believe and want God’s goodness & best for others. So 2 Thes 1: 11-12 says, “11To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 11so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Filled with All knowledge “Useful experience that has applied the Word of God and proven it to be true, so we know how to proceed.” oThis word is interchangeable with “knowledge, doctrine and wisdom.”  It is gained in a direct relationship with God that gleans from first-hand personal experience in consultation with the Holy Spirit. It thus connects theory to application. Meaning by applying the Word of God to every experience we have, our theories about The Word of God, life, etc produce knowledge about its viability and truth!”
  • Able to instruct = supply doctrinal and spiritual substance/content to admonish, warn, counsel, exhort, by supplying doctrinal and spiritual substance/content that “exerts positive pressure” on someone’s logic and reasoning ability, urging them to choose to turn to submit to God to obtain His best for that situation.
  • a) able to give a defense of the Gospel
  • b) build each other up with words of knowledge from Scripture, and
  • c) at times be able to support one another with Godly direction.

(4) Rom 15: 15-16 15But We All Need Reminders, which are words of knowledge that come to us by God’s grace through others, who operate through the 16Ministry of the Bold Grace of God  

  • 16 We all are to be a minister (servant who officially represents the character of God)
  • of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service (offering our lives as an acceptable sacrifice to God) to be used to present the gospel of God, so that those who hear it also become an offering of the Gentiles acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
  • God empowers us to be bold (to act with confidence and daring) to act in grace to extend/offer/make known God’s grace to others.
  • It is our priestly service (1Pet 2:9) to be ambassadors/representatives for Christ to be used of God to see people yield to His grace and submit and enter into discipleship.
  • 1 Pet 2:9 9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
  • Those who minister the gospel of Christ must be bold to act in grace to extend/offer/make known God’s grace to others.
  • It is our priestly service to be ambassadors/representatives for Christ to be used of God to see people yield and …
  • Present themselves as an offering to God (as Gentiles = regardless of ethnicity) to receive the MERCY and become acceptable to God to see people yield to His grace and submit and enter into discipleship.

1 Pet 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Hebrews 5:1

Every high priest is appointed from among men to represent them in matters relating to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

(5) Rom 15: 15-16 15-16 Those who Minister the Gospel of Christ must be Bold to Act in Grace to Extend/Offer/Make Known Gods Grace

We 16minister  in the Bold Grace of God to extend/offer/make known God’s G-R-A-C-E

(G_ _’s R_ _ _ _ _ A_ C_ _ _ _ _’s E _ _ _ _ _ _) to others. 

 God’s  Riches       At  Christ’s        Expense

1) M-E-R-C-Y is  God’s …

M__________  E_________ by R_________ through C____ to Y__

(Automated Ans. =)  

Manifested  Exoneration by Repentance through Christ to You

2) M-E-R-C-Y is God’s …

M__________  E_________ from R_________ through C____ to Y__

(Automated Ans. =)

Multiplied Exemption from Retribution through Christ to You

(6) Rom 15: 17-19

The Most Important Journey for us to mention on what traditionally is known as Palm Sunday Is Christ’s entry into  Jerusalem Click To Tweet

 17Our Pride In Our Work in Christ Results From 18What Christ Accomplishes Through Us.  

  Rom 15: 17-19 17Our pride (glorying, exultation, which is a lively joy at success or victory a gratified sense of  boasting, which can either be negative when we glory in “achievements” of self or about positive when we exult in God’s grace in our work (service to Him) in Christ resulting from 18what Christ accomplishes (effects) through us. 

  Rom 15: 17-19 17Our pride (glorying, exultation, which is a lively joy at success or victory a gratified sense of  boasting, which can either be negative when we glory in “achievements” of self or about positive when we exult in God’s grace in our work (service to Him) in Christ resulting from 18what Christ accomplishes (effects) through us. 

(7) Rom 15: 17-19 Paul’s 1st Missionary Journeys

Rom 15:17-19  17In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;

  • Paul’s First Mission Journey to spread the Gospel of Christ to the Gentiles.
  • Acts 13 covers how Barnabas and Saul go to on Cyprus (on map circled in Red.

Paul’s 1st Missionary Journey with Barnabas to Cyprus and Asia Minor, which is covered in Acts 13:4-14:28 

c AD 46-48

Its prompted, the Council at Jerusalem c AD49 to determine if Gentiles should participate in OT rites.

(8) Rom 15: 17-19 Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journeys

xRom 15:17-19  17In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;

  • Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey with Silas returning to Asia Minor and on into Europe c AD49-52
  • Acts 15:40 -18:23 — Paul chose Silas and set out from Syrian Antioch to strengthen the churches established during his 1st journey Acts 15:40-18:23a – …. Paul chose Silas and set out on his journey (from Syrian Antioch [1]) …. He travelled through Syria [2] and Cilicia [3] and strengthened the churches.
  • Paul also established the church at “Thessalonica,” and while staying in Corinth for 18 months, where he established the Corinthian church, Paul writes 2 letters to Thessalonica, and these letters though are to be read in all the churches.
  • He also went to Derbe [4] and Lystra [5]. At Lystra there was a disciple by the name of Timothy…. (who) was held in high regard by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium, and Paul wanted to take him on as his companion. ….. As they went on their way through the cities, they passed on to them for their observance the decisions which had been reached by the apostles and elders in (the Council at) Jerusalem. …
  • They made their way through Phyrgia [6] and Galatia [7], but the Holy Spirit prevented them from speaking God’s message in Asia. When they came to Mysia [8] they tried to enter Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them. So, they passed by Mysia and came down to Troas [9], where one night Paul had a vision of a Macedonian man standing and appealing to him in the words: “Come over to Macedonia and help us!”

(9) Rom 15: 17-19 Paul’s 3rd Missionary Journey, returning to Asia Minor and Greece c AD53-58

Rom 15:17-19  17In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;

  • Map 21. Paul’s Third Missionary Journey, returning to Asia Minor and Greece c AD53-58
  • Taken from Acts 18:23b-20:3a – (After spending some time in Syrian Antioch [1], Paul starts on his Third Missionary Journey, and ….) proceeded to visit systematically throughout Galatia [2] and Phyrgia [3] putting new heart into all the disciples as he went.
  • During his 3 year stay in Ephesus, Paul writes the 1st letter to the Corinthians (AD56-57). A few short months later, he writes the 2nd Corinthian letter, AD57.
  • While in Corinth AD57 or 58, Paul writes to the Roman church.
  • Now a Jew called Apollos, a native of Alexandria and a gifted speaker, well-versed in the scriptures, arrived at Ephesus. …. This man began to speak with great boldness in the synagogue. but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him they took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately.

(10) Rom 15: 17-19  Paul was proud of His work Where God Allowed Him To Travel and fulfill the Acts of the Apostles; which included that God directed Paul to write and send The Letters He Wrote to the churches, which make up 2/3’s of the New Testament

The city names in the “stamped envelopes” are the names of the letters Paul sent to the churches there.  One province Galatia is “unstamped”, because the letter to the Galatians was written to all the churches in that area. See Galatians 1:2)

(11) Rom 15: 17-19 Paul’s Journey under Arrest from Palestine to Rome c AD58-61

xRom 15:17-19  17In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;

  • Taken from Acts 27:12 – 28:31 – ….. (two years after Paul’s original arrest in Jerusalem [1] and his journey to Caesarea [2]), Paul and some other prisoners were put in charge of a centurion named Julius…… We embarked on a ship hailing from Adramyttium, bound for the Asian ports, and set sail. …..
  • On the following day we put in at Sidon [3], where Julius treated Paul most considerately by allowing him to visit his friends and accept their hospitality.

(12) Rom 15: 17-19 Paul’s Missionary Journeys

See colored Map of all journey’s, including Paul’s Prisoner Passage

xRom 15:17-19  17In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. 18For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;

(13) Rom 15: 20-21 God has a location and vicinity in which He wants To Use Our Unique Personality and Style to Proclaim His Gospel 

20and thus I make it my ambition (personal devotion and aspiration) to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21but as it is written,

“Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.”

  • You know how people who never hear the Gospel come to hear it? The people you know are not the people I know… yet!  But if we begin telling those people what Christ means to us, the Holy Spirit can work in them to cause them to want to invite Christ into their lives too! 
  • I am available to meet with your friends for coffee, lunch, dinner or desert to discuss with them any questions and concerns they may have about Christ.

(14) Matthew 21: 1-11 (Also find this episode in Mark 11: 1-10 and  Luke 19: 28-40

The Most Important Journey for us to mention on what traditionally is known as Palm Sunday Is Christs entry into  Jerusalem

  • Matthew 21: 1-5 1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” 4This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

5“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

  • “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

(14) Matthew 21: 1-11 (Also find this episode in Mark 11: 1-10 and  Luke 19: 28-40

The Most Important Journey Is Christ’s entering Jerusalem

  • Matthew 21: 6-11 6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” 
    • Mark 11: 1-10 The Triumphal Entry — 1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
    • Luke 19: 28-40 The Triumphal Entry — 28And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
  • Matthew 12:21 — In His name the nations will put their hope.” Because Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

(16) DAN 9: 25 

Daniel 70 Weeks explained by Chuck Missler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRFIJDlG_w0 

The Triumphal Entry was the only time during Christ’s incarnation on earth that He allowed Himself to be lifted up and treated as an earthly king!  And it was the very day that the angel Gabriel foretold to Daniel in Dan 9:25 that it would occur.  

Daniel: 9: 24-27 24“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 25Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. 26And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. 27And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

THE 69 WEEKS of YEARS

  • In fulfillment of prophecy in Dan 9:25, the Commandment to Restore Jerusalem was made by the Decree of Artaxerses Longimanus on Mar 14, 445 BC.
  • Jesus’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, as Messiah Christ The King, took place on
  • April 6, 32 AD.
  • We do the math between the date of the prophecy and its fulfillment as follows:
  • 69 x 70 x 360 = 173,800 days!
  • This was Prophesied approximately 300 years before Christ fulfilled it. (Probably 267 years before the incarnation, since Christ was crucified at age 33.
  • 445 BC — 32 AD       = 173,740 days 
  • March 14 — April 26 =          24 days
  • Leap Years account for 116 days
  • Total                           173,800 days

(17) John 16:7 God Provides Us With Every Advantage Through Christ

  7But I tell you the truth, it is for your benefit that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.…

Christ has paid the price for our Satisfactory Growth.  Because He paid the price that cleanses us from sin in God’s eyes, the Holy Spirit now can enter us to make us bond again John 3:3, and makes it possible for us to be Full, Filled & Able / enabled to serve God and do His will and see Him perform His work through us!

The Benefits include can be  …

  • Born Again into Salvation
  • Assurance of God’s presence
  • In powering of the Holy Spirit
  • The ability to be enlightened by God’s Word
  • we can experience God’s peace that passes all understanding.
  • The ability to pray for others who need healing
  • Discernment of God’s will
  • Ability to withstand attacks of Satan
  • Ability to discern evil

(15) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ! 

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