R O M A N S.
The apostle, in this chapter, continues the
discourse of the former, concerning mutual forbearance in
indifferent things; and so draws towards a conclusion of the
epistle. Where such differences of apprehension, and consequently
distances of affection, are among Christians, there is need of
precept upon precept, line upon line, to allay the heat, and to
beget a better temper. The apostle, being desirous to drive the
nail home, as a nail in a sure place, follows his blow, unwilling
to leave the subject till he has some hopes of prevailing, to which
end he orders the cause before them and fills his mouth with the
most pressing arguments. We may observe, in this chapter, I. His
precepts to them. II. His prayers for them. III. His apology for
writing to them. IV. His account of himself and his own affairs. V.
His declaration of his purpose to come and see them. VI. His desire
of a share in their prayers.