8/2/19:Romans 15:23-16:9; Psalm 25:16-22; Proverbs 20:16-18
I hope you noticed a few words in our Romans passage that helps you understand the dedication that Paul had to ministering to the Gentiles. Once an area had heard the word Paul felt charged with continuing to go into areas where the Gospel had not been spread. Our mission — to do the same. Spread the gospel to those who have not heard — and we need not go to “Spain” just look around your neighborhood.
Romans 15: 23 But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you, 24 I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to see you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while.
Coffman stated: Whether Paul ever accomplished his purpose of rising Spain, is a matter of doubt. There is no historical record of his having done so, either in the New Testament, or in the early ecclesiastical writers; though most of those writers seem to have taken it for granted. His whole plan was probably deranged by occurrences in Jerusalem, which led to his long imprisonment in Caesarea, and his being sent in bonds to Rome.