We can now see the landing field from our window as Paul banks to the side. Romans is about over. (By the way, we’ll do Psalm 119 next.) In the rest of Romans 15 (vv. 14-33), Paul explains his “apostolic vocation” and makes it very clear that his vocation is about getting Gentiles into the family of God and getting Jews to accept them.
Paul is on his way to Spain and wants Rome to be his base for that mission. Wright observes that there were about 100 Christians in the Roman city of 1 million. Maybe this will encourage many of us.
Paul writes to the Romans, not because their theology is messed up, but because he wants them to endorse his Gentile mission and participate with him in offering Gentiles to God would be acceptable (15:14-16).