Romans 15:3-4 NIV 2011
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Paul presented a picture of Christ to the church in Rome for those who served the Lord. Suffering and possible death potentially followed them. Words used to insult them were the same that were used against Christ. Paul used a Psalm as an example. Psalm 69:9, “for zeal for your houses consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.” Scripture was written for instruction in godly living. God’s people are called to hold fast and be encouraged through hope in Jesus Christ. God’s Word consistently provides encouragement for His servants who persistently persevere.
The book of Romans has one central truth, salvation for everyone. We are all sinners in need of the Savior. I was justified, just as if I’d never sinned, through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Thumbing through my Old Blue, Romans has more notes, underlines and worn pages than all of other books in my Bible. Paul’s letter from verse one, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called,” to his benediction in 16:25-27 consistently provides encouragement for all God’s servants who persistently persevere.
How do we daily persistently persevere?
Encouraged and persevering,