“Now the God of Peace be With You All.” (Romans 15; Romans 16)

Heart of a Shepherd

Jan 29, 2023



“Agora o Deus da paz esteja com todos vocês.” (Romanos 15; Romanos 16)


“이제 평화의 하나님이 여러분 모두와 함께 하시기를 바랍니다.” (로마서 15장; 로마서 16장)


"Nu vare Fridens Gud med er alla." (Romarna 15; Romarna 16)


«А тепер Бог миру з усіма вами». (Римлянам 15; Римлянам 16)


「さあ、平和の神があなたがたとともにおられますように。」 (ローマ人への手紙 15; ローマ人への手紙 16)


“Sekarang Tuhan Damai sejahtera menyertai kamu sekalian.” (Roma 15; Roma 16)


"Bây giờ Đức Chúa Trời của Hòa bình ở với tất cả các bạn." (Rô-ma 15; Rô-ma 16)


«Теперь Бог мира да пребудет со всеми вами». (Римлянам 15; Римлянам 16)


"अब शान्ति का परमेश्वर तुम सब के साथ रहे।" (रोमियों 15; रोमियों 16)


"Nu være Fredens Gud med jer alle." (Romerne 15; Romerne 16)


"Nu, de God van de vrede zij met u allen." (Romeinen 15; Romeinen 16)


"Maintenant, que le Dieu de paix soit avec vous tous." (Romains 15; Romains 16)


“Ngayon ang Diyos ng Kapayapaan ay Sumainyong Lahat.” (Roma 15; Roma 16)


"اکنون خدای صلح با همه شما باد." (رومیان 15؛ رومیان 16)


"Ora il Dio della pace sia con tutti voi". (Romani 15; Romani 16)


„Acum, Dumnezeul păcii să fie cu voi toți.” (Romani 15; Romani 16)

Haitian Creole

"Koulye a, Bondye lapè a avèk nou tout." (Women 15; Women 16)


“บัดนี้ พระเจ้าแห่งสันติสุขสถิตกับท่านทุกคน” (โรม 15; โรม 16)


"Sada Bog mira sa svima vama." (Rimljanima 15; Rimljanima 16)


"اب سلامتی کا خدا آپ سب کے ساتھ ہو۔" (رومیوں 15؛ رومیوں 16)


"Sasa Mungu wa Amani na awe Pamoja Nanyi Nyote." (Warumi 15; Warumi 16)


«Τώρα ο Θεός της Ειρήνης να είναι μαζί σας». (Ρωμαίους 15· Ρωμαίους 16)


„Jetzt sei der Gott des Friedens mit euch allen.“ (Römer 15; Römer 16)

French (Canada)

"Maintenant, que le Dieu de paix soit avec vous tous." (Romains 15; Romains 16)

Chinese (Simplified)

“现在和平之神与你们同在。” (罗马书 15;罗马书 16)


“Ahora el Dios de la paz esté con todos ustedes”. (Romanos 15; Romanos 16)


"עכשיו אלוהי השלום איתכם". (רומים 15; רומים 16)

Chinese (Traditional)

“現在和平之神與你們同在。” (羅馬書 15;羅馬書 16)


"وإله السلام معكم جميعًا". (رومية 15 ؛ رومية 16)

“Now the God of Peace be With You All.” (Romans 15; Romans 16)

Scripture reading - Romans 15; Romans 16

Today’s Scripture reading brings us to the conclusion of our study of “The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans.

Romans 15 presents us with a portrait of sincere love and compassion, while Romans 16 follows with a series of loving salutations from Paul on behalf of the saints who were in his company. Our devotional will be taken from Romans 15.

Romans 15


Continuing his exhortation for believers to extend grace and love to the brethren, Paul exhorted the “strong” [i.e., mature in the faith] to “bear [endure; receive] the infirmities [weaknesses] of the weak [i.e., weak in the faith; immature], and not to please [i.e., boast; think better of]” themselves (15:1).

A Sad Testimony of Spiritual Cannibalism


In my opinion, Romans 15:1 defines one of the great failings of Bible-believing churches in the late 20th century. While weaker, immature believers struggled with carnality (worldliness), those older in the faith judged and condemned them. In the absence of mutual love and understanding, carnal, immature believers have accused their elders of being legalists, and the elders have judged and condemned the carnal.  

To both the weak and the strong, Paul wrote: “Let every one of us please [i.e., soften the heart of] his neighbor for his good [to benefit his character] to edification [build up spiritually]” (Romans 15:2). Like “iron sharpeneth iron” (Proverbs 27:17), believers are tasked with the responsibility to focus on the “good to edification” of one another (15:2).  In other words, we are to build up each other in the faith.


Perhaps in defense of the boldness exhibited in his letter, Paul reminded the believers he was called “the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles” (15:15-16). Bearing the weight of the ministry to which he was called, Paul declared: “For I will not dare [presume] to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought [worked; accomplished; fashioned] by me, to make the Gentiles obedient [submissive; in subjection], by word [speech] and deed [i.e., good works; action; behavior]” (Romans 15:18).


Paul aspired to preach the Gospel, and give God glory for what He accomplished through him. He was determined that his life, words and deeds, would serve as a testimony of the Gospel he preached. 


Closing thoughts – The 21st century has seen the rise of spiritual leaders who have avoided the “legalist” label, and accommodated a generation of “weak,” carnal believers. Instead of edification that requires reproving, rebuking, and exhorting “with all longsuffering and doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:2), pastors, school administrators, and faculty have pacified the worldly appetites of the carnal. Sadly, shallow, spiritually anemic preaching has given rise to a carnality that is a cancer in our homes, churches, and institutions.


I close with Paul’s admonition we should all heed: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17).


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