V.8: Paul is thankful for the saints.
-They were, undoubtedly, accomplishing much for Christ, as there faith was known worldwide.
V.9: Paul earnestly prays for them. We should follow this example.
V.10: Paul prays also for a prosperous journey to Rome. He has a strong desire to go to Rome and meet these saints.
V.11: Paul was ambitious. He saw God working, and wanted to be a part of it.
-Paul wanted to have an influence on these people.
-We should be ambitious for Christ, to reach as many people as possible.
V.12: Even Paul needed the comfort and encouragement of other believers.
-We were not designed to go through life alone, that is not what God intended.
V.13: Paul reiterates his strong desire to visit Rome.
V.14: Love all people, don’t play favorites.
-“Barbarians” = The Greeks called anyone who did not use the Greek or Latin language barbarians.
V.15: Paul preached with all his strength, we should give nothing less to God.
-Paul went to Rome, not to change Rome, but to convert individuals.
-Many churches today are just social clubs, rather than soul winning organisms.
-We would rather socialize and do good works, than preach the Gospel.
V.16: Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel, it is “power.”
-“power” = (du’namis/Greek) the word from which we get dynamite. “Effective ability to accomplish an intended purpose.”
V.17: Quoted from Habakkuk 2:4.
-Justification is by faith.