As Paul begins to wrap up his letter, he tells the Romans about his travel plans. He wants to come to visit the Romans, whom he has never met, and move from them toward points west, including Spain (Rom 15:23-24). “At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem”(Rom 15:25-26). This is the same contribution he mentions repeatedly to the Corinthians to help poor Jewish Christians in Jerusalem.
Paul explains the nature of the connection between Gentile and Jewish Christians: “For they were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings”(Rom 15:27). The Gentiles have been blessed by the spiritual blessings of Jewish Christians. Not only have the Jewish Christians accepted them as brothers, but they also have sent men to preach and support them (Acts 11:20-22, for example). If they are willing to share spiritual blessings, it is only natural for the Gentile Christians to reciprocate with financial blessings when a need arises. So Paul asks the Romans to pray for him to be rescued from the unbelieving Jews in Jerusalem and that the Jewish Christians will accept this gift and the goodwill it symbolizes (Rom 15:30-31).
Fellowship is sharing. Christian brothers have a common faith, allegiance, and lifestyle. We share the gospel and our encouragement. It is only natural that that will have financial outgrowths when needs arise.
------------- One Thing to Think About: What do I share with my brethren—and what do I “owe” them?
One Thing to Pray For: A spirit of gratitude to my brothers and sisters for the blessings they bring
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