Study of Romans, Chapter 15 The Strength Of Our Faith

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strength in our faith

Can you imagine the strength of Jesus’ faith?  Wow!  For him to endure all that he did, his strength had to be phenomenal!  So why should the strong in faith yield to the conscience of a believer of weaker faith?  Because love demands it!  Those who are strong in their faith do not abandon their conscience by refraining from certain liberties on behalf of a weaker-faith believer, but the believer with a weaker faith would have to go against his convictions to oblige the liberties of a stronger-faith believer.  We must do this for the good of the weaker-faith believer as not to offend or impair his spiritual growth.

Romans 15:1-2Romans 15:1-2
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15 1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  

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1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

We should not be out to please ourselves, but instead should be considerate of those of weaker faith who are yet still sensitive.  We should help others to do what is right and encourage them in the Lord.

Romans 14:1Romans 14:1
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14 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. not...: or, not to judge his doubtful thoughts  

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Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Galatians 6:1-2Galatians 6:1-2
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6 1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. if: or, although 2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  

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1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:141 Thessalonians 5:14
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14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. exhort: or, beseech unruly: or, disorderly  

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Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Romans 14:1Romans 14:1
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14 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. not...: or, not to judge his doubtful thoughts  

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Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

1 Corinthians 9:19, 221 Corinthians 9:19, 22
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19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.  

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19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I mad myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

1 Corinthians 10:24, 331 Corinthians 10:24, 33
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24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. 33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.  

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24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Galatians 6:2Galatians 6:2
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2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  

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Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

2 Corinthians 13:92 Corinthians 13:9
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9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. perfection: or, reformation, or, restoration  

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For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong:  and this also we wish, even your perfection.

Philippians 2:4-5Philippians 2:4-5
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4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  

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4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

We should not lay our interest in becoming people-pleasers.  Paul tells us in Galatians 1:10Galatians 1:10
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10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.  

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that if we seek to please men, then we should not be servants of Christ.  We must put aside our willfulness, stubbornness, and self-satisfying actions in order to build weaker Christians up in their faith.

 Romans 15:3-4Romans 15:3-4
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3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  

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3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 Jesus Christ, who took upon him our curse of sin, and endured the insults and hostility of the people who were against God, did not look to please himself, as we should shape our behavior in the same way.  Everything in the Word of God shares examples of what is expected of us, and we should use these stories as a learning tool.  The scripture gives us hope and encourages us as we patiently wait for the promises of God to be fulfilled.

Psalm 69:9Psalm 69:9
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9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.  

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For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Matthew 26:39Matthew 26:39
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39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.  

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And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:  nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Philippians 2:5-8Philippians 2:5-8
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5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. fashion: or habit  

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5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

John 5:30John 5:30
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30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.  

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I can of mine own self do nothing:  as I hear, I judge:  and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

John 6:38John 6:38
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38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  

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For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Romans 4:23-24Romans 4:23-24
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23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;  

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23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;  24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

2 Timothy 3:16-172 Timothy 3:16-17
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16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. throughly...: or, perfected  

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16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

1 Corinthians 9:9-101 Corinthians 9:9-10
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9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.  

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9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn.  Doth God take care for oxen?  10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes?  For our sakes, no doubt, this is written:  that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

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Romans 15:5-7Romans 15:5-7
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5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: according to: or, after the example of 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.  

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5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

We all grow in faith at our own pace, and that is expected when we look at all the different personalities and character of individuals.  Regardless of where we are in our faith, God wants us to live in harmony with one another.  When we accept Jesus Christ into our life, we begin to share his values and his perspective.  Just as we are growing in faith we begin to see things in God’s perspective, we are also to love one another, be likeminded one toward another.  As the strength of our faith in God increases, it becomes easier for us to maintain an attitude of love throughout our day.  Philippians 2 gives a detailed description of Christ’s attitude.

1 Corinthians 1:101 Corinthians 1:10
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10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. divisions: Gr. schisms  

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Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

2 Corinthians 1:32 Corinthians 1:3
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3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  

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Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:27Philippians 1:27
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27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;  

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Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:  that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Philippians 3:16Philippians 3:16
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16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.  

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Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Revelation 1:6Revelation 1:6
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6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  

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And hath made us kings and priest unto God and his Father;to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen.

Acts 4:24, 32Acts 4:24, 32
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24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  

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24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:  neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

Romans 14:3Romans 14:3
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3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.  

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Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth:  for God hath received him.

Jesus doesn’t discriminate between someone with a weak faith, or someone with a strong faith.  Neither should we.  As a Christian, we should love everyone, regardless of where their beliefs lie.

Romans 15:8Romans 15:8
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8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:  

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8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth to God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

During Paul’s address, Jews and Gentiles were having difficulty in accepting one another.  Jesus was born a Jew and spoke to Israel to fulfill Old Testament prophecies.  That doesn’t mean that Jesus disregarded the Gentiles.  He also had a plan in place for all of the nations, or Gentiles.

Matthew 15:24Matthew 15:24
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24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  

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But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

John 1:11John 1:11
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11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  

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He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Acts 3:25-26Acts 3:25-26
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25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.  

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25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Acts 13:46Acts 13:46
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46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.  

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Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that they word of God should first have been spoken to you:  but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

2 Corinthians 1:202 Corinthians 1:20
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20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  

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For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

 When Paul refers to ‘the circumcision‘  we know that he is making reference to the Jews.  Verse 8 tells us that Jesus was a minister to Israel to bring the truth of God to them and to confirm the promises made in the Old Testament.  Jesus came as a servant to the Jews, and showed them that the promises that God made to their ancestors were true.

Romans 9-12

9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles;and laud him, all ye people.

12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

 Paul reiterates Psalms 18:49Psalms 18:49
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49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. give...: or, confess  

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and 117:1, Deuteronomy 32:43Deuteronomy 32:43
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43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people. Rejoice...: or, Praise his people, ye nations: or, Sing ye  

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, and Isaiah 11:1, 10Isaiah 11:1, 10
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11 1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. glorious: Heb. glory  

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.  In doing this, he is quoting from psalms, law, and prophets showing that unity between the Jew and Gentile has been God’s plan all along.  In 1 Samuel 16:11 Samuel 16:1
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16 1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.  

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, we see that the ‘root of Jesse’, David’s father, is Christ being heir from the family line.

2 Samuel 22:502 Samuel 22:50
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50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.  

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Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.

Psalm 18:49Psalm 18:49
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49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. give...: or, confess  

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Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

John 10:16John 10:16
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16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  

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And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Deuteronomy 32:43Deuteronomy 32:43
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43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people. Rejoice...: or, Praise his people, ye nations: or, Sing ye  

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Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people:  for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

Psalm 117:1Psalm 117:1
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117 1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  

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O praise the LORD, all ye nations:  raise him, all ye people.

Isaiah 11:1, 10Isaiah 11:1, 10
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11 1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. glorious: Heb. glory  

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1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hammath, and from the islands of the sea.

Revelation 5:5Revelation 5:5
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5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  

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And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not:  behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Revelation 22:16Revelation 22:16
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16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  

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I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.  I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 

Jesus Christ disregarded His own rights and privileges, and gave us a wonderful example to follow in loving one another.  Through this love, He brought the gift of salvation not only to the Jews, but the Gentiles as well.

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Romans 15:13Romans 15:13
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13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  

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13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

 Paul gives the blessing of hope to the people, and that this hope would be produced through the Holy Spirit’s work among them.

Romans 12:12Romans 12:12
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12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;  

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Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Romans 14:1Romans 14:1
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14 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. not...: or, not to judge his doubtful thoughts  

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For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 When we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us, our hearts are filled with joy and peace, and our petty differences among us are no longer a deterrent to our unity in Christ.  We are enabled to see each other’s position and through our spiritual freedom and maturity, we can keep the importance of unity among us in clear focus.

Romans 15:14-16Romans 15:14-16
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14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, 16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. offering up: or, sacrificing  

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14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Paul was convicted of the goodness of his brothers and sisters, and that they were so knowledgeable that they could teach to one another.  Paul was a special messenger from Jesus Christ unto the Gentiles that he spoke boldly to them only to give them a reminder of their goodness and knowledge. Paul wanted them to be sanctified by the Holy Spirit and be acceptable to God.  Over a period of time, Paul had been able to offer God many Gentile converts as living sacrifices; Christians strong in their faith that was pleasing to God.

2 Peter 1:122 Peter 1:12
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12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.  

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Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

1 Corinthians 1:51 Corinthians 1:5
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5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;  

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That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1 Corinthians 8:1, 7, 101 Corinthians 8:1, 7, 10
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8 1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; emboldened: Gr. edified  

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1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge.  Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge:  for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

1 John 2:211 John 2:21
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21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.  

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I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Romans 1:5Romans 1:5
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5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: for obedience...: or, to the obedience of faith  

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By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Romans 12:3Romans 12:3
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3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. soberly: Gr. to sobriety  

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For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Ephesians 3:7-8Ephesians 3:7-8
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7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  

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7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.  8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

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17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. offered: Gr. poured forth  

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Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

Acts 9:15Acts 9:15
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15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:  

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But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way:  for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Isaiah 66:20Isaiah 66:20
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20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. litters: or, coaches  

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And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.

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11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.  

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According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

 Paul was convinced that the Romans had a gift from God for effective service and they were promoting a good church life.  Anytime that God places us in a situation, He will always give us the means to succeed according to His Will.

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17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.  

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17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Paul was very good at spreading the Word of God among the Gentiles, but he didn’t want to boast of his successes.  Everything he did was through the glory of Jesus Christ, and not of himself.  The Gentiles that came to follow Christ did so through the power of the Holy Spirit, not Paul himself.  The Gentiles hearts were convicted after the many signs and wonders they saw and the power of God’s spirit.  God had used Paul in a mighty way and he was enthusiastic about it.  When God uses us to promote His message to others, we feel much joy.  Feeling good about this is not a sin, but is worship to the glory of God.  We should feel this joy towards all who God uses in His work.  In this way, we are assured that our feeling is not selfish pride.

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3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.  

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For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

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17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  

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Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

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5 1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:  

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For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

Acts 15:12Acts 15:12
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12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.  

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Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

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19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.  

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And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

2 Corinthians 3:52 Corinthians 3:5
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5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;  

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Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Acts 19:11Acts 19:11
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11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:  

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And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

1 Corinthians 2:41 Corinthians 2:4
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4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: enticing: or, persuasible  

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And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

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5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.  

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For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake,

2 Corinthians 12:122 Corinthians 12:12
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12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.  

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Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

 Paul strived to reach places where the Gospel had not been heard.  In Paul quoting Isaiah 52:15Isaiah 52:15
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15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.  

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, he showed that he had done what the Old Testament said would be done.  The Word of God would be brought to those who lived in ignorance.  He took this time to brag on the power of God.

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Romans 15:20-21Romans 15:20-21
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20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation: 21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.  

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20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see:  and they that have not heard shall understand.

 Paul shares that his ambition had always been to preach the gospel to those who had never been introduced to Jesus Christ instead of going where someone else had already been establishing a church.  He felt led to go out to all of those that had not been talked to about Christ, that his message would open their eyes so they could see and their hearts so that they would understand.

1 Corinthians 3:101 Corinthians 3:10
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10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  

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According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.  But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

2 Corinthians 10:13, 15-162 Corinthians 10:13, 15-16
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13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. rule: or, line 15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, enlarged...: or, magnified in you 16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand. line: or, rule  

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13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,  16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.

Isaiah 52:15Isaiah 52:15
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15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.  

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So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him:  for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

 Paul had postponed his trip to Rome because of the importance of reaching those who had not heard the Gospel of Christ.  As in 1 Corinthians 3:101 Corinthians 3:10
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10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  

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Paul had planted the seeds of the Gospel and had faith that others would come along and water those seeds, and God would give the growth in plenty.

Romans 15:22-24Romans 15:22-24
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22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. much: or, many ways, or oftentimes 23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; 24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company. with...: Gr. with you  

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22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;

24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you:  for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

Paul had deeply desired to go to the church at Rome, but knew that he had a mission to complete before doing so.  He had heard positive reports of the believers in Rome and knew they were doing quite well on their own.

Romans 1:10-13Romans 1:10-13
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10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; 12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. with: or, in 13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. among: or, in  

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10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.  11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;  12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

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17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.  

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17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.  18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

Acts 19:21Acts 19:21
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21 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.  

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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.

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6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.  

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And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.

Acts 15:3Acts 15:3
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3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.  

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And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles:  and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

  Now that his mission had been completed, he was eager to take the Gospel to the new lands in the west of Rome.  Unfortunately, Paul did not arrive in Rome as he had expected, but as a prisoner under house arrest [Acts 25:11-28:14, 30-31Acts 25:11-28:14, 30-31
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11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar. 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go. 13 And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus. 14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix: 15 About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, desiring to have judgment against him. 16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him. 17 Therefore, when they were come hither, without any delay on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought forth. 18 Against whom when the accusers stood up, they brought none accusation of such things as I supposed: 19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive. 20 And because I doubted of such manner of questions, I asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these matters. I doubted...: or, I was doubtful how to enquire hereof 21 But when Paul had appealed to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept till I might send him to Caesar. hearing: or, judgment 22 Then Agrippa said unto Festus, I would also hear the man myself. To morrow, said he, thou shalt hear him. 23 And on the morrow, when Agrippa was come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and was entered into the place of hearing, with the chief captains, and principal men of the city, at Festus' commandment Paul was brought forth. 24 And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer. 25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and that he himself hath appealed to Augustus, I have determined to send him. 26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write. 27 For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him. 26 1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews: 3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. 4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; 5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. 6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: 7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. day and night: Gr. night and day 8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? 9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. 11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. 12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. 14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. 16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. 19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. 21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. 24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. 25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. 26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. 30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them: 31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds. 32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar. 27 1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. 2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. 3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. 4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein. 7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; Crete: or, Candy 8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea. 9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, the fast: the fast was on the tenth day of the seventh month 10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. hurt: or, injury 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul. 12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west. 13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. 14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. arose: or, beat 15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. 16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: 17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven. 18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; 19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. 20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. 21 But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. 26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island. 27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; 28 And sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. 29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. 30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. 33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you. 35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. 36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. 37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. 38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea. 39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. 40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. taken...: or, cut the anchors, they left them in the sea 41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. 42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. 43 But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: 44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. 28 1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. 2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. 3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. 6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. 7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. 8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. 9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: 10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary. 11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days. 13 And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli: 14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.  

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Romans 15:25-29Romans 15:25-29
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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.  

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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.

Paul had collected a bountiful offering from the Gentile churches that he wanted to deliver to the people of Jerusalem, who were suffering from severe famine.  This offering from the Gentiles to the Jews represented several things.  First, it fulfilled that the apostles remember the poor.  Secondly, it showed the oneness of God’s people across geographical areas and economic differences.  Lastly, it revealed the disappearance of racial and social barriers.  Paul saw this as a representation of the unity in the body of Christ.

Acts 20:22Acts 20:22
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22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:  

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And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

Acts 24:17Acts 24:17
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17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.  

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Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

1 Corinthians 16:11 Corinthians 16:1
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16 1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  

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Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

2 Corinthians 9:2, 122 Corinthians 9:2, 12
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2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;  

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2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.

12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

1 Corinthians 9:111 Corinthians 9:11
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11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?  

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If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

Romans 11:17Romans 11:17
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17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; among them: or, for them  

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And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

Galatians 6:6Galatians 6:6
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6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.  

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Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

The Gentiles had received the blessing of the Word of God through the believers of Jerusalem, so they were happy to provide an offering to them.  They felt indebted and believed that sending an offering to assist Jerusalem with their finances was the least they could do.  As far as Paul’s trip to Spain, we have no way of knowing if he ever made it there or not.  Although Paul’s desire to visit Spain is seen throughout scripture, there is no mention in the Bible that indicates that he ever took this trip.

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Romans 15:30-33Romans 15:30-33
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30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; 31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; do not...: or, are disobedient 32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.  

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30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;

32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

33 Now the God of peace be with you all.  Amen.

 Paul ends by requesting prayer for safety in his travels.  He asked that they come together in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and join him in prayer for himself.  He asked that they do this in the love they have for him that they have been given by the Holy Spirit.  He requests prayer that he may be rescued from those in Judaea that do not believe in Christ, and that the offering he is about to deliver will be accepted by the believers in Jerusalem.  He prays for this so that he may return with a joyful heart and they may all encourage one another.  Paul is not praying to change the Will of God, but rather to align himself with God’s plan.

2 Corinthians 1:112 Corinthians 1:11
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11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.  

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Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many person thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

Colossians 4:12Colossians 4:12
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12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. labouring...: or, striving complete: or, filled  

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Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Philippians 2:1Philippians 2:1
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2 1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,  

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If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2 Thessalonians 3:22 Thessalonians 3:2
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2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. unreasonable: Gr. absurd  

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And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men:  for all men have not faith.

2 Timothy 3:112 Timothy 3:11
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11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.  

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Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured:  but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

2 Timothy 4:172 Timothy 4:17
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17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.  

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Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear:  and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

2 Corinthians 8:42 Corinthians 8:4
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4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.  

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Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

Acts 18:21Acts 18:21
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21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.  

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But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem:  but I will return again unto you, if God will.  And he sailed from Ephesus.

1 Corinthians 16:11 Corinthians 16:1
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16 1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  

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For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

1 Corinthians 4:191 Corinthians 4:19
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19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.  

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But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

James 4:15James 4:15
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15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  

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For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Romans 16:20Romans 16:20
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20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. bruise: or, tread  

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And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  Amen.

Hebrews 13:20Hebrews 13:20
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20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, covenant: or, testament  

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Now the God of peace, that brought against from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

1 Corinthians 14:331 Corinthians 14:33
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33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. confusion: Gr. tumult, or, unquietness  

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For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Philippians 4:9Philippians 4:9
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9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.  

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Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:  and the God of peace shall be with you.

1 Thessalonians 5:231 Thessalonians 5:23
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23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

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And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 3:162 Thessalonians 3:16
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16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.  

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Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means.  The Lord be with you all.

 Many times, we forget just how much strength there is in prayer.  Not only is prayer a great time of reflection, comfort, and sharing our requests with God, but it is also a useful weapon unto us as we intercede for others in the fight against Satan.  Prayer can only be as effective as our ability to utilize its strength.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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