Romans 15:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 15:29, NIV: I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.

Romans 15:29, ESV: I know that when I come to you I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

Romans 15:29, KJV: And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

Romans 15:29, NASB: I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

Romans 15:29, NLT: And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.

Romans 15:29, CSB: I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.

What does Romans 15:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul makes a declaration about his plans to visit the Christians in Rome. He is convinced that when he finally gets to them, he will arrive in the fullness of Christ's blessing. In other words, Paul knows that he will come with Christ's blessing or approval and that his presence with the Roman Christians will be Christ's blessing to them, as well.

Paul is confident that his comings and goings are dependent on Christ's blessing. He also recognizes how such travels serve the purpose of Christ blessing others through him. All believers can live with this confidence, as well, if we are willing to be used by God in this way.

However, that confidence does not mean we can ever claim perfect knowledge. We don't know the circumstances under which God will use us to bless others. Paul, for instance, did not likely anticipate the path that would finally bring him to Rome. Acts chapters 27–28 contain that surprising and powerful story. Because of the events described there, it is unknown if Paul ever reached Spain.