Not Self-Pleasers

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on October 18, 2015
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Romans 15:1 – The standard of our conduct is not our own happiness or gratification, but the welfare of others.

Philippians 2:3-7; 1 Corinthians 10:23-24; 9:19-23; 13:5; Romans 14:1; and Galatians 6:1-2
– Lovingly serving others is not optional behavior if we want to walk with God.

– Psalm 69:1-21 is about the Messiah. He continued in sacrificial love even though he was rejected by those he served. He sought Yahweh’s help.

– This verse can be viewed as a parenthesis. The Old Testament is the underpinning of the New and provides necessary information regarding the doctrine of Christianity. Quoting Palm 69 and others that followed prove the statement.

– Verse 5 relates back to 3 by quoting Psalm 69. We learn how Jesus persevered and find encouragement therein. We must be able to bear reproaches if we are to have unity. We must not forget the lessons of Romans that preceded (like the ungodly nature of man explained in chapters 1-3 and the fight that all of us have set forth in chapters 5-8).

– The quintessential to Christianity is that we together glorify God.

– “Therefore” relates back to all that proceeded, receive one another with open arms. Welcome one another with kindness, as Christ also received you with open arms, welcoming you to the glory of God.

We are clearly commanded not to have a hypocritical, judgmental attitude or an attitude of superiority over a brother.

– Paul continues to address the severe problem that plagued the early church and ultimately destroyed it – that is the loving acceptance of the Gentiles by the Jews and eventually the Jews by the Gentiles.

Ephesians 2:11-22
confronts the Gentiles like Romans did the Jews.

Romans 15:9
– Psalm 18:49

– Deuteronomy 32:43

– Psalm 117:1

– Isaiah 11:10 and 11

- 14:17 – If this was their reality, there would be no strife and contention.

– Paul shows why he wrote the epistle and states his confidence in them. He expresses his deep interest in their welfare, though he had never seen them.

– Paul does not say that his principle object was to visit the church at Rome, much as he desired that, but rather to stop in on his way to accomplish his greater purpose, to preach the gospel in regions where Christ was not named.

– Acts 19 and 20

– 1 Corinthians 8 and 9

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