Saturday, March 12, 2011

Romans 15:5-6 (NLT)
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. [6] Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

- A lofty goal for any group of believers.

Romans 15:31 (NLT)
Pray that I will be rescued from those in Judea who refuse to obey God. Pray also that the believers there will be willing to accept the donation I am taking to Jerusalem.

- Reading between the lines, we can see that there is some tension among and surrounding believers in Jerusalem. In light of Paul's explanations in this chapter, it looks like it is related to the larger question of Paul's preaching and teaching among the non-Jews (Gentiles).

We know already from reading Acts that this was the issue that led to Paul's troubles in Jerusalem, and his voyage to Rome under different circumstances than he was hoping for.

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