Romans 15:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 15:15, NIV: Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me

Romans 15:15, ESV: But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God

Romans 15:15, KJV: Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

Romans 15:15, NASB: But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given to me from God,

Romans 15:15, NLT: Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God's grace,

Romans 15:15, CSB: Nevertheless, I have written to remind you more boldly on some points because of the grace given me by God

What does Romans 15:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Paul wrote that he understood the Roman Christians to be full of goodness and knowledge. Still, he now says, he has written to them boldly. Indeed, Romans is a long letter that teaches both powerful truth and practical direction about how to live. The Roman Christians were full of goodness and knowledge, but they obviously had room to add more and more specific knowledge, as well as room to act with even more self-sacrificing goodness.

Paul says that he has written to remind them of what they already know. To the extent that is true, Paul reveals the value for all of us who study the Bible. We may already be doing well, including good works, and understanding much of what God wants us to know, but we study God's Word because we have much more to learn and much more good to do.

Who is Paul to be the one to write to them about all there is to know and do in Christ? Paul describes his role in a long series of phrases that reveal his authority to represent Christ to them in this letter, beginning here and concluding in the following verse.

First, Paul insists that he writes to them by God's grace, not by his own merits. All his authority as an apostle and teacher comes from God, not from the excellence of his own mind or study or achievements.