Romans for Youth
Commentary by Pastor Ron
Romans Chapter 15
Verse 1. “Now
we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those
without strength and not just please ourselves.”
God wants us to HELP those who are
weaker than we are. That’s why He makes some people strong
– to help others! Life is MORE than just doing things for
“Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his
Most just want to please themselves.
God wants us to please others, like your neighbor. Be kind
to them and it will help them see that God is good.
Verse 3. “For
even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written,
‘the reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.’”
Paul, who wrote Romans, quotes Psalm
69:9, which was written about Jesus Christ, hundreds of
hears before He came to earth. Jesus did not please
Himself, but pleased YOU, by giving Himself so that you will
Verse 4. “For
whatever was written in earlier times was written for our
instruction, so that through perseverance and the
encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
The Psalms and the other Old Testament
Scriptures were written many years ago, to help us and give
us hope in the Lord. We should read the Bible – often.
Verse 5. “Now
may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant
you to be of the same mind with one another according to
We should encourage and help each other
because God loves us and helps us so much. He gave us
Jesus, who gives us friends and helps us to be a friend, so
we can share Jesus with one another.
Verse 6. “so
that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Our purpose in life is to bring glory
(honor) to God the Father of our Lord Jesus. We should ALL
want to glorify Him together.
“Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted
us to the glory of God.”
People’s differences are small and our
need for love is great. We should ACCEPT each other,
remembering that Jesus Christ accepted us and died for us.
We “tell” others that God is good by our love for one
Verse 8. “For
I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision
on behalf of the truth of
God to confirm the promises given to the fathers,”
Jesus Christ helped the Jews (the “circumcision”),
showing that all the Old Testament promises about the “Christ”
(Messiah) are true. Those promises were given to the “fathers”
(Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the rest) of Israel.
Verse 9. “and
for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is
written, ’Therefore I will give praise to you among the
gentiles, and I will sing to Your name.’"
Paul, who wrote the Book of Romans,
quotes David in Psalm 18:49. It would not only be the Jews
who would praise God, but the “Gentiles”
(non-Jews) were also to be told of the Lord and they would
praise Him, too.
“Again he says, ‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.’"
(non-Jews) and “His people”
(the Jews) are meant by God to be one people and to be happy
in the Lord together. The words of this verse, by the way,
were first written by Moses in Deuteronomy 32:43.
“And again, ‘Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all
the peoples praise Him.’"
Everyone, everywhere should PRAISE the
Lord, as it says in Psalm 117:1, for as that Psalm
continues, His “kindness is great
toward us” (Psalm 117:2).
“Again Isaiah says, ‘There shall come the root of Jesse, and
He who arises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him shall the
Jesse was the father of King David.
This verse quotes Isaiah 11:10, where it is said that the
Messiah (Jesus Christ) would come from Jesse’s son, David.
Jesus, he said, would offer hope to all the people in the
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of
the Holy Spirit.”
Paul is praying that those who believe
in Jesus Christ will HOPE in Him, finding wonderful
happiness and peace through God’s Holy Spirit.
“And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced
that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all
knowledge and able also to admonish one another.”
Paul wrote to Roman (Italian)
Christians (“my brethren”)
and he encouraged them by saying they were good people who
knew about the Lord and were therefore able to encourage
“But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as
to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me
Paul was very honest with the people of
Rome (and with you and me), talking about difficult things -
“his” words really came through him from the Lord.
Verse 16. “to
be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering
as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the
Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy
The Apostle Paul, a Jew, was sent by
God to be a “minister,” a “priest,”
to help the “Gentiles”
(non-Jews) hear the “gospel”
(good news) about Jesus Christ, so they might receive the
Holy Spirit and be made acceptable to God. He is also “ministering”
to you and me, 2000 years later.
“Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting
in things pertaining to God.”
Because Paul was “in”
(saved by) “Christ Jesus,” he had reason to be pleased by
the words the Lord had given to him (and to us) about God.
“For I will not presume to speak of anything except what
Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the
obedience of the Gentiles by word and
All Paul wanted to talk about was what
Jesus Christ had done – many “Gentiles”
had come to the Christ through Paul and they were changed by
Verse 19. “in
the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit;
so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I
have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”
Many miracles (amazing wonders) came
through the power of the Holy Spirit, when Paul spoke about
Christ, all the way from “Jerusalem” in the east to “Illyricum,”
in Europe, in the west.
“And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ
was already named, so that I would not build on another
Paul usually went to “new” places,
where the people there did not yet know about Christ. He
told people about Jesus for the first time – it would be
OTHERS who would then come and teach them more about the
“but as it is written, ‘They who had no news of Him shall
see, and they who have not heard shall understand.’”
Isaiah the Prophet (God’s spokesperson)
had said that the good news about Jesus would be told to
people who had never heard about the Lord before (Isaiah
52:15). God would help them understand the good news about
“For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to
That was why Paul had not visited the
Romans before – because others had led them to Christ. Paul
would instead go to places where others had not yet been.
“but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and
since I have had for many years a longing to come to you”
Paul felt there were no new places for
him to go in the part of the world where the Romans lived
(in Italy), but he wanted very much to go and visit them
“whenever I go to Spain--for I hope to see you in passing,
and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first
enjoyed your company for a while—“
Paul wanted to sail on a ship to Spain
and on his way, stop in Rome, visit the Roman people and
stay with them for awhile.
“but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints.”
But at that time, Paul was going in the
opposite direction, to Jerusalem, in Judea (Israel), and he
would help the Jewish Christians in that place.
“For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a
contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.”
Paul had been given money by Christians
in Macedonia, in the north of Greece, and also in Achaia,
further south in Greece, for the Christians in Jerusalem who
were suffering and needed help.
“Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to
them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual
things, they are indebted to minister to them also in
The Macedonians and the Achaeans (verse
26) gave money for the poor people in Jerusalem and they
were glad to do it. As Paul says, God gives us everything
in Christ and we should want to help others in return.
“Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal
on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to
After Paul took the gift of money to
the church in Jerusalem (verse 26), he meant to sail west
(in a ship) to Spain and stop on his way, to visit the
Christians in Rome.
Verse 29. “I
know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of
the blessing of Christ.”
When he came to Rome, Paul would have a
lot to share with them about Christ and he would give them
many blessings from the Lord.
“Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by
the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your
prayers to God for me,”
Paul asks the Romans to pray for him
and for his work, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and
because of the love given to God’s people in the Holy
Spirit. WE should pray for those who work for the Lord.
“that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in
Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove
acceptable to the saints;”
Paul knew there would be people in
Judea (an area in Israel around Jerusalem), who would try to
hurt him because of his love for the Lord. He wanted
prayer, not only to be safe, but also that those in
Jerusalem would receive his words to them.
Verse 32. “so
that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find
refreshing rest in your company.”
Paul hoped to have a happy time with
them when he finally got to Rome, and wanted to get some
REST while he was there.
“Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”
Paul was praying for the Romans that
they would have the peace of God in their lives. We need
God’s peace, too. “Amen” at
the end of a prayer, means “So be it” or “it is so,” a word
of BELIEF that God will ANSWER your prayer.
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries