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Romans 15:25: At Present, However, I Am Going To Jerusalem
 At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints. (ESV)
Paul has his eyes set on bringing the Gospel to Spain. He tells the church at Rome that he is going to visit them, hoping to raise financial support for the mission work in Spain. Before he gets to Rome, however, Paul must go to Jerusalem. He is going to bring a financial contribution to the church there. Paul may very well have had mixed feelings about going to Jerusalem.
In the beginning of Paul's ministry the church at Jerusalem was hesitant to believe in the Apostle Paul's apostleship, or even his Christianity. Remember that he had previously been dragging Christians out of their homes and having them imprisoned for their faith. He was holding coats for the ones who were stoning Stephen, the Church's first martyr, to death.
Paul did most of his preaching outside of Jerusalem. In every city he would preach the Gospel to the Jews first, and then the Gentiles. He showed respect for his countrymen. They responded by stirring up trouble for him in every city. Eventually, Paul saw his calling as being, the "Apostle to the Gentiles." This did not mean that he did not love the Jews, but that his calling was to the Gentiles.
While Paul had focused on ministry to the Gentiles his love for his fellow Jews never waned. Here we have him bringing a financial contribution to the church in Jerusalem. This gift has been collected from various churches, many of whom are full of Gentile Christians. Paul wanted unity. He gave generously to others, even though he may have had cause for resentment.
How do you treat others who have wronged you? Are you quick to forgive? Do you hold grudges? Or will you show the love of Jesus Christ and help someone, no matter their history with you? Ask the Lord to help you to love like He loves us.
Romans 8:18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,
Romans 15:14  I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV) The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers. Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church. This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to t
Romans 15:22  This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. (ESV) Paul was quite the traveler. As an Apostle to the Gentiles his task was literally to take the Gospel to the entire known world at the time. Many of the Epistles that Paul writes are letters written to places where he has already been. He preached the Gospel, many were saved, churches were planted, and Paul moved on to a new area. Rome was a place that Paul had never been to. He writes this entire letter to people whom he had never met. As an Apostle to the Gentiles he wanted to give them the good solid teaching they needed to grow in their faith. Likely, someone who was converted on the Day of Pentecost went back to Rome and first shared the Gospel there. Paul says that he has been often hindered from coming to Rome. He could have argued that all kinds of circumstances would not permit him to get to Rome. Paul would not have blamed circumstances. He would have understood that it w