Friday, 31 January 2014
Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain. Romans 15:28
“Therefore” encompasses the thought which began in verse 22 and continued until verse 27. Based on what is stated in those verses, “Therefore, when I have performed this act…” This is the carrying of the offering from the gentile churches in Macedonia and Achaia to the needy saints in Jerusalem. He was determined to see this through personally. When the offering was placed in their hands, he will “have sealed to them this fruit.”
Sealing in this case means the completion of the act. He will have faithfully performed his promised duty and will, in essence, have sealed it with a signet ring as a king would seal a decree or a noble would seal a letter. To seal something is to secure it. This is what he is implying. Only after that did he plan to “go by way of” Rome to Spain.
In Acts 20:4, we find that Paul had a large number of people from the various churches who traveled with him at times to ensure that all was handled circumspectly and openly –
“And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia—also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.”
Life application: When we begin a task in the Lord, it is right, fitting, and proper to see that task through to its completion. Likewise, the effort should be done openly and without any hint of impropriety. It is incumbent on all to ensure that the name of the Lord is glorified, not brought to dishonor, by our actions.
Lord God, help me to be circumspect in my life and actions so that when others see me, they will see one whose sole aim and desire is to glorify You. Help me to never bring discredit upon Your great name, but instead to bring You the praise and glory You deserve. In my own strength, I know I’ll fail, so I ask You to keep me on that straight and narrow path of righteousness. Amen.