Tag: Romans 16
Scripture reading for July 5th: Romans 16
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Romans 16:17-20 “I urge you, brothers, 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. 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. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will son crush Satan under your feet. The Grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
Paul had closed this letter with numerous personal references to people in the church community. The church is built on quality relationships through personal relationship with Jesus Christ. However, there are those that are in the church or come into it that are there to cause division. Paul warned the church and us today to watch out for them. They will be recognized by actions and teaching contrary to the Word of God and they do not serve the Lord Jesus but their own appetites! These people use smooth talk and flattery to draw people away, thus causing division. Believers are to have nothing to do with them, being wise to what is good! God is a God of peace, crushing Satan under the feet of His victorious Church!
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers will be wise as serpents but harmless as doves concerning divisive people who live contrary to sound doctrine. God’s grace brings victory! “The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.” (Proverbs 16:17)
Scripture reading for July 6th: Romans 16
Paul concluded his letter to the Roman believers with some personal greetings! He mentioned 36 people by name and referenced churches and other groups of believers associated with the individuals. Our God cares and knows each person by name! Good pastors know people by name and care for them personally!”
“I urge you, brothers, 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. 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. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.” (Romans 16:17-19)
Paul warned the believers about people causing division or adding rules or anything that would hinder their spiritual walk. “Keep away from them!” was his simple advice! He also encouraged them to live a pure life and to avoid evil. Some today advocate allowing or experiencing the world so that believers can be more understanding and relevant. Paul taught that it was right for believers to maintain an innocence towards the world and it’s evil and grow in wisdom about what is good! We would do well to put this into practice with our own families! Much of what we call ‘entertainment’ would have to be removed from our homes and lives! We need more ‘wisdom’ about what is good in God’s sight!
“Now unto Him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, . . .by the command of the Eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him–to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen!” Romans 16:25-27