Romans 15:29: But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.


Paul had no way of knowing the future and the condition which would surround his actual visit to this Roman Church. We know, however, from Acts 24:27; 28:11–31, that the ‘full measure of the blessing of Christ’ evidently included a hazardous journey, arriving bound in chains as a prisoner, and facing the prospect of death. But because the sufferings of this world are not worthy to be compared with the glory yet to be revealed, Paul could see past these trials to the rich ministry opportunities that took place. Christ was indeed pleased with Paul’s faithfulness, and because of his grace, crowned Paul’s labours with abundant blessing. Paul’s extremity in Rome became God’s opportunity to pour out his riches. How profound of Paul to know that true blessings are spiritual and not conditioned by earthly circumstances. 1

Application

  • How to be filled: Read Acts 1:8 – a promise to receive.
  • How to come full: Read Ephesian 3:14-21 – a prayer to believe.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for helping me live the right way each day.


1. Sproul, R. C. (1994). The Gospel of God: An Exposition of Romans. Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications.

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Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.

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