Paul’s confidence (Rom 15:14)

“I myself

Feel confident

About you!

My brothers!

You yourselves

Are full of goodness.

You are filled

With all knowledge.

You are able

To instruct one another.”

Πέπεισμαι δέ, ἀδελφοί μου, καὶ αὐτὸς ἐγὼ περὶ ὑμῶν, ὅτι καὶ αὐτοὶ μεστοί ἐστε ἀγαθωσύνης, πεπληρωμένοι πάσης τῆς γνώσεως, δυνάμενοι καὶ ἀλλήλους νουθετεῖν.

Paul said that I myself (καὶ αὐτὸς ἐγὼ) feel confident (Πέπεισμαι δέ) about you (περὶ ὑμῶν), my brothers (ἀδελφοί μου)!  You yourselves (ὅτι καὶ αὐτοὶ) are full of goodness (μεστοί ἐστε ἀγαθωσύνης), filled with all knowledge (πεπληρωμένοι πάσης τῆς γνώσεως) and able to instruct or admonish one another (δυνάμενοι καὶ ἀλλήλους νουθετεῖν).  Paul began to finish his letter to his brother Roman Christians.  He was convinced and confident that they were full of goodness.  They were filled with knowledge.  Thus, they were able to instruct and admonish each other in the Christian ways.  These Romans were knowledgeable enough to correct each other and discuss these matters among themselves.  He realized that this was a mature Christian community in Rome, that he himself had never seen, but just heard about.  Have you ever heard about mature Christian churches?

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