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Today's Bible Study

Honoring the Debt

Romans 15:25-29

25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. 26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. 27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. 28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. 29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

Although Paul desired to visit Rome while on his way to Spain, his plans had to be delayed until his present work was finished. "But now I am going to Jerusalem..." Paul's intentions are confirmed in Acts 19:21, which says, "After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome." And the fact that he made it to Jerusalem for the stated purpose of ministering to the saints is confirmed in his testimony before the court of Felix in Acts 24:17, "Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings."

He was compelled to go to Jerusalem by the charity of others. The churches in Macedonia and Achaia included all of the churches that Paul had planted in that area along with the churches in Galatia (see 1 Corinthians 16:1), which are not mentioned here. He wrote that those churches were pleased to make a contribution for the poor saints in Jerusalem. The Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges says, "Contribution is rather too cold a word." It is translated from "koinonia," which indicates a partnership or a gift given out of a sense of fellowship. Of course, not all of the saints at Jerusalem were poor, but there were so many poor among them that it was difficult for the local church to care for all of them.

"It hath pleased them verily..." This emphasizes the pleasure that the churches derived from their act of love toward their fellow saints. What a great example is set by these early churches for our benefit... churches helping churches, saints from one side of the world to the other working together for the cause of Christ!     Read More

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