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Romans 15:6– A mouth filled

07-03-2022 - Posted by Hans

…that, with one accord, with one mouth, you may be glorifying the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is remarkable how several times the “mouth” is mentioned in the Roman letter. The “mouth” is mentioned in three parts, and each mention fits the structure of Paul’s argument. In the early chapters, all people are portrayed as sinners (goal missers). In that context fit the words of 3:14: “Whose mouth with imprecation and bitterness is crammed.” The conclusion from this follows in 3:19: “…that every mouth may be barred, and the entire world may come subject to the just verdict of God.”

In the chapters that follow, Paul sets forth the Gospel of why Christ died, was buried, and was raised from the dead. It is the foundation of salvation and new life. And then we read in 10:9: “that if you should be avowing with your mouth the declaration that Jesus is Lord, and should be believing in your heart that God rouses Him from among the dead, you shall be saved” (see also 10:8 and 10:10).

The last mention of the mouth is found in the verse above. It is the climax in a logical sequence. Mouths full of curses at first. Then barred mouths. Then confessing mouths. And finally as with one mouth glorifying God the Father!