Romans 15: Do You Know God?
Verse of the Day: (V5) “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:”
1. God Of Patience (V1-12)
V4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
In the days of Paul, the Christians went through hard times, because of the Romans’ persecution. Paul then encouraged them to look to the God of patience and consolation who would comfort them because He had comforted the many suffering saints during the Old Testament. Today, let us also look to the God of patience and consolation in the midst of our struggles and sufferings, and remember that Jesus, the Son of God, knows our sufferings because He also went through suffering, and even death on the cruel cross.
V5 “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:”
2. God Of Hope (V13-29)
V13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Paul explained to the Romans Christians that God had called him to preach to them, the Gentiles, so that they too, like him, a Jew, would believe in the God of hope, and receive the power of the Holy Ghost. Indeed, God shall fill us with joy and peace, and grant us salvation when we believe in Jesus, the Son of God, who came and died for the sins of the whole world. Whosoever believes in Jesus shall never perish, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven one day. This was why Paul was called the Apostle to the Gentiles.
V16 “That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”
3. God Of Peace (V30-33)
V30 “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;”
Paul earnestly asked for prayers from the Romans Christians as he was severely persecuted by the Romans’ authority for preaching the gospel. In all his suffering and even at his death, Paul had the peace of God, because he believed in the God of peace.
V33 “Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I know You - the God of patience, hope and peace.