Plan To Visit Rome

For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you. 23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you, 24 whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. 26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things. 28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. 29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

— Romans 15:22-29.

Paul shares with the Roman Christians his great desire to come and see them, both to be helped by them and to help them as he comes ‘in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ’. He shares his plans with them, mentioning that he is taking a gift from Christians in Macedonia and Achaia to the poverty-stricken believers in Jerusalem. This Spirit-guided apostle seeks to optimize his use of journeys, time and resources. [The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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