We say that the fruit of the earth comes with preaching of the gospel and the fruit of the spirit comes with obedience to the gospel

[What exactly will obedience to the gospel require? Except martyrdom, for me to live is Christ and to die is gain!]

Notice also in this passage from Colossians, that it mentions continual prayer, verse 3. And it speaks of the gospel coming to all the world, verse 5 and 6, and being preached to every creature, verse 23. And verse 27 mentions the gentiles.

Now lets look back at Romans 1:8-13. We said the phrase 'was let hitherto' is sometimes translated 'hindered until now'. What or when is the 'now' he is talking about?

Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you

He has been hindered till now, but now at length [after all this time] he says, I might come to you. Paul is talking about a present situation when he is writing this. But we find that Jesus, speaking through him, is speaking of a future time when he can say that the hindrances have been removed and the conditions met for his return. So this discussion is prophetic of a time yet to come when this will take place.

Here are some verses where we see this spoken of.

But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. Romans 10:18

Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19

There are many issues and themes in Romans, but [to avoid getting bogged down in side issues] we are going to concentrate on the discussion of the return found in chapter 15, with references to Chapters 11 and 12.

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