Romans 16:17-27 – October 12
We’re finishing the book of Romans today and will begin a 7-week study in Revelation tomorrow. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus.
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Romans 16:17-27 – Personal Greetings
All the churches of Christ send greetings.
17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
21 Timothy, my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my fellow Jews.
22 I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.
23 Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.
24 Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.
25 Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
To God Be the Glory | Becky Newman
This sentence is so jammed pack with nuggets that I had to diagram it to understand it. It’s a one-sentence summary of the book of Romans. The first phrase in verse 25 is describing God and is related to the last phrase in verse 27, or more simply put, now to God be the glory — that is the underlying meaning of verses 25-27. The second phrase in verse 25 is Paul describing what “my gospel” means, and the third phrase in verse 25 further describes Paul’s message. What’s interesting about the third phrase in verse 25 and the first phrase in verse 26 is their reference to the gospel message being hidden in ages past yet revealed at God’s command now. To people in Old Testament times, what was coming to establish the kingdom on earth was a mystery. In fact, the meaning of prophecy from the Old Testament about Jesus was hidden from the Jews until after Jesus rose from the dead and was talking with his disciples before he was taken up to heaven. From Luke 24:45, “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” Through this linking of the Old and New Testaments, Gentiles can learn about obedience and faith and be called children of God, an inheritance of faith rather than the right ancestry and genes.
I probably wouldn’t have been able to understand this sentence if we hadn’t studied Romans. It is a perfect summary of Paul’s dissertation to the Christians in Rome. The underlying meaning is the same as that of the whole Bible — everything building, perfectly placed and planned, perfectly worded, breathed by God — to God be the glory! As we begin tomorrow to dig further into God’s revelations to us in the book of Revelation, I must not forget the underlying theme.
You are amazing and perfect! All glory and honor and power is Yours forever! I praise You for Your Word in Romans, through guiding and teaching me and drawing me closer to You. I praise You for Your Word in Revelation and how You will teach me through it in the next seven weeks. Thank You for loving me!