Glorify God February 12, 2006 Romans 15:1-13
With the word “we” in verse one, Paul includes himself in those Christians he calls strong. According to the first four verses a strong Christian will; bear the weaknesses of the weak, verse 1a, seek to please others, verse 1b, conform to Christ, verse 3, submit to scripture, verse 4, because of this they enjoy a reliance on the power of God. All who demonstrate this kind of lifestyle will certainly Glorify God.
1. Glorify God Through A Desire To . . Please Others. 15:1-3
A. Glorify God Appreciating the . . Responsibility To Please Others. 15:1-2
1 Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. 2 Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, in order to build him up.
1.Pleases as they . . ENCOURAGE the Weak. 15:1
2.Pleases as they . . EMULATE the WORD.15:2
B. Glorify God Appreciating the . . Representative Of Pleasing Others. 15:3
3 For even the Messiah did not please Himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The
insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me.
As we desire to glorify God we have a responsibility to please others. The text uses the word, obligation. This obligation will be carried out as we encourage the weak, and emulate the Word of God, and the life of Jesus. He is the one who represents how God wants us to live. Christ’s example fulfilled the prophecies of scripture, and one-commentator shares this is the 14th prophecy fulfilled in the Book of Romans.
2.Glorify God Desiring To . . Persevere.13:4-5
A. Glorify God Persevering according to the . . Word of God. v 4
4 For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope.
B. Glorify God Persevering according to the . . Witness of Christ. v 5
5 Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another, according to Christ Jesus,
Troubles in a Christian fellowship usually do not relate to disagreements in the Word. Paul urges these believers to center their worship, and fellowship in Christ and His Word. They were having disagreements over food, and customs, and not over Christ and His Word. The witness of the church was greatly hindered because they were not allowing Him to give them the perseverance they needed. He would lead them to endure differences, and gain agreement.
3.Glorify God Through A Desire for . . Partnering. 15:6-7
A. Glorify God Desiring To Partner with The Same . . VIEW. v 6 a
6 so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a
B. Glorify God Desiring To Partner with The Same . . VOICE. v 6 b
“. . . and voice.”
C. Glorify God Desiring To Partner with The Same . . VALUES. v 7
7 Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the
glory of God.
To Glorify God these believers needed to see themselves as partners in their views, voice, and values.
If they will view things alike they will enjoy beautiful times of worship together. When we worship like that
we will demonstrate a witness that is like one voice. The community will see us as being partners, and the Lord will use these qualities to draw others into the fellowship. If you check most growing churches you will find the unity talked about in these verses. If we accept fellow believers as Christ accepted us we will not have reservations on how we treat people but will know we are all valued by Christ, and therefore should value one another.
4. Glorify God Through A Desire To . . Praise. 15:8-13
A. Glorify God Desiring to Give Praise for the . . Promises of God. 15:8
8 Now I say that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the
truth of God, to confirm the promises to the fathers,
B. Glorify God Desiring to Give Praise for the . . Peoples of God. 15:9-11
9 and so that Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy. As it is written: Therefore I
will praise You among the Gentiles, and I will sing psalms to Your name.
10 Again it says: Rejoice, you Gentiles, with His people! 11 And again: Praise the Lord, all you
Gentiles; all the peoples should praise Him!
1.Gentile Christians. 15:9
2.Gentile Christian with Jewish Christians. 15:10
3.Gentile Christians with all Christians. 15:11
C. Glorify God Desiring to Give Praise for the . . Provision of God. 15:12
12 And again, Isaiah says: The root of Jesse will appear, the One who rises to rule
the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles will hope.
D. Glorify God Desiring to Give Praise for the . . Power of God. 15:13
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you
may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we look at these verses we can praise God for His promises. There are four more Old Testament prophecies
fulfilled in verses 9-12. In verses 9 &10, we can praise God for the peoples He saved. Yes, red, yellow, black, or white,
they are precious in His sight. The major praise from Christians must be for God’s provision in Christ; He is the Root of
Jesse. Finally in verse 13 we are given a praise related to the Power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore Paul was persuaded of
four happenings for these believers as he expected them to be filled with joy, peace, hope, and power. Truly these are
qualities that Glorify God. Amen? Amen!