Rom 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.
Rom 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
Rom 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
Rom 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.
The book of Romans is the first of Paul’s 13 epistles, even though it is not the first epistle written by him, but God designed that Romans be the ‘first-thing-first’ in our Christian lives for our edification and establishment. And when Paul says in Romans chapter 1 that he has a ‘desire’ to establish the saints, it also God’s design, and desire that “to the end that we may be established.” Our edification is to be ‘built’ upon ‘foundational’ doctrine for our establishment, God has designed that we go from a ‘milk to meat’ growth of doctrine that we can ‘ingest,’ as we are being taught by His word. We know that buildings are sometimes called ‘establishments’, we also have a building process in our edification as sons and daughters that desire to be educated unto Him. And the Apostle Paul’s epistles are by Godly design in the correct order in our bibles; there is a God given design for a saint to be doctrinally edified, and that is to follow God’s design for establishment.
Eph 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Eph 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
Eph 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Eph 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
We doctrinally must understand Romans-Galatians, before we can move on to, and fully understand Ephesians-Colossians doctrine. In Eph.3:1-9 Paul knows that these saints had already been established in the doctrine found within Romans-Galatians (even if all the 13 epistles were not yet written at that time, Paul knew God would have these saints to ALL have the same designed edifying structure), that’s why Paul says “as I wrote afore”, and Paul says “if ye have heard;” Paul knew that they had received the doctrine about the “mystery” “afore,” but he was giving these saints the ‘why’ of it. Eph.3:14-19 teaches about having “all understanding,” and knowledge of the “love of Christ.” And it is the maturity of what they learned in Romans through Galatians about “the love of Christ.” Ephesians through Colossians teaches the wisdom of God in our edification. The Romans and Galatians saints were “carnal” in their way of thinking, doctrinally they were “babes in Christ,” they were not “YET” ready for the “meat” doctrine, in the books of Romans thru Galatians, Paul reproves the saints about their “foolish” way of thinking.
1Co 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Furthermore, in the epistle of Ephesians through Colossians; these saints could now digest the ”meat” doctrinally, and now they are “able” be “a perfect man,” and have “full knowledge.” First and second Thessalonians displays the mature saint that now has “all knowledge,” and is doctrinally “able” to let the word “effectually work” within him, these saints were “ensamples” to the whole world to how the Word of God will effectually work to the edification in a saint, and their love “abounded,” and their faith GREW “exceedingly”. These saints could not only handle “all knowledge,” and think like God, but they were now fit to be utilized by God to do things His way. First Timothy through Philemon is the mature doctrine of a son now being capable to be utilized by God to work together with Him in what He is doing.
Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Eph 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Paul says in 1Tim.3:15, the “church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth,” Paul uses a building terminology when referring to the “church,” which ought to consist of faithful saints now being “able” to display true “godliness,” by letting the word of God work “effectually” within them, so that they can now take the advanced doctrine that they have learned, and teach it to other saints as well. This part of a son’s education is the most important part, because now Satan looks upon him as a threat and a danger to what he is trying to accomplish.
1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
1Ti 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
Finally, Satan knows that once this ‘twice dead’ Gentile which used to follow the course for this world; and that “belonged” to him, accepts the gospel of his salvation, then he desires to live unto His Father’s Word, and understand the wisdom in it, and bring fort glory to God with it, and most importantly he can now teach it, and re-produce it, Satan; and his “wiles” are no longer a threat unto the son, and daughter who “will live godly.” And as we advance through Paul’s epistles, you will see that the epistles get shorter and shorter, and when you come to the last epistle Philemon, it is his shortest epistle, God has designed that His Word is learned from “milk,” to “meat” doctrinally, with a more “reproof,” and “correction” in the beginning of our education, and then more “exhortation” next, and then the saint will be “able” to operate upon the wisdom of the doctrine as designed. And this is true in how we educate our children; we desire that they ‘grow up’ in what we have taught them, and we do not give them a ‘crash course’ in the affairs of this life, but we give them what they can handle as they age. And when you are dealing with an adult son with complete knowledge, there is not much doctrinal reproof, and correction that needs to be said to the mature son if he has been operating on the correct doctrine, and doing things the correct way in being who God has made him to be “in Christ”.