November 17, 2019 Paul Sent To Rome

Paul Sent To Rome

The Apostle Paul was an innovator. He identifies himself as such in Romans 15.20: “I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation.” We have seen Paul become more excited about this and comfortable in being led by the Holy Spirit on each Missionary Journey in presenting Jesus’ message of John 14.6 to Jews in synagogues and against philosophies (see Studies 191027-191110, www.sozoclass.com).

While spending the Winter of 57-58 AD in Corinth, Greece (Acts 20.2-3), Paul wrote a letter “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints’ (Romans 1.7). He desired to preach the Gospel to Gentiles there and, then, “I shall go by way of you to Spain” (Romans 15.28). Paul would, indeed, travel to Rome, for this was Jesus’ plan to be carried out by the Holy Spirit (Acts 23.11: “‘you must also bear witness at Rome’”).

Paul seems to project the desired end of his trip to Rome—people becoming Christian—before he even begins, for he addresses his letter to Roman “saints” (Romans 1.7; otherwise, why would he go where someone else had preached?). He amplifies in verse 11: “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established” (my emphases). He continues to tell them what he will tell them in Romans 1.8-17, which you should read now.

Verses 16-17 summarize Paul’s conviction about Jesus. These verses might, also, reflect Paul’s understanding of his probable transport to Rome. For he will state to the elders of the church at Ephesus on the shore of Miletus the following: “‘Now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me’” (Acts 20.22-23).

Indeed, Paul was not ashamed to proclaim the Good News of God’s salvation through Jesus in Jerusalem, Caesarea Maritima, and Rome (Acts 21-28). Paul was detained in Caesarea for two years (Acts 24.27) but had as a captive audience Governors Felix and, then, Festus and King Herod Agrippa II and his wife (the seventh and last of the Herods mentioned in the NT; Note to Acts 25.13, Amplified Bible, 2015; Acts 24-26).

Paul called the Jewish officials to his house-arrest in Rome (about 60 AD) and explained the Gospel to them, with a much-used warning (Acts 28.17-31). He wrote about witnessing to the Augustan soldiers assigned to guard him (verse 16; Philippians 1.13). Acts 28.30-31 concludes the book and describe the continuing work of the Holy Spirit (John 16.8-11) through Paul as follows: “Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.” “During this period the apostle wrote his epistles to the Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, and to Philemon, and probably also to the Hebrews” (Easton’s Bible Dictionary).

“The exact details of St. Paul’s death are unknown, but tradition holds that he was beheaded in Rome and thus died as a martyr for his faith. His death was perhaps part of the executions of Christians ordered by the Roman emperor Nero following the great fire in the city in 64 CE” (Google). Easton’s Bible Dictionary states that Paul was acquitted in his first trial because none witnessed against him and that he probably traveled to Western and Eastern Europe before being rounded up by Nero. During his release, Paul wrote 1 Timothy and Jude; then, wrote 2 Timothy from prison before being beheaded in 66 AD.

Perhaps anticipating imminent death, Paul encouraged Timothy to follow the Holy Spirit: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4.6-7).

Paul had completed the Acts of the Holy Spirit in the Kingdom of God assigned to him by Jesus (Acts 26.16-18). Now, it’s your turn!

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