The Gentiles

Chapter 15 opens with an exhortation to serve one another, to receive one another and to have one mind and mouth to glorify God. This speaks of unity in the body, the kind of unity we see prophesied in Psalm 133. It's an end time unity that comes when the body of Christ is assembled together, a fruit of the spirit.

Then we read as follows.

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers

And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. Romans 15:8-9

Let's break that down by rephrasing it somewhat.

Saying that Jesus was a minister of the circumcision is saying that he was a minister of the covenant to the people of the covenant, the Jews. Circumcision was a sign of the covenant.

To add for the truth of God is to say he preached to them the gospel of the kingdom.

To continue and say to confirm the promises made unto the fathers speaks of confirming the covenant and fulfilling the scriptures. All of which he clearly did, at least those pertaining to the first coming.

Then he starts in discussing the Gentiles [nations].

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