Romans 16
Romans 16

Romans 16

Romans 16:1-27

1  I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea,

2  that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.

3  Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,

4  who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

5  Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ.

6  Greet Mary, who labored much for us.

7  Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

8  Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord.

9  Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.

10  Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.

11  Greet Herodion, my countryman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.

12  Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord.

13  Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

14  Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them.

15  Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.

16  Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.

17  Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

18  For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

19  For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.

20  And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

21  Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my countrymen, greet you.

22  I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord.

23  Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother.

24  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

25  Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began

26  but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—

27  to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

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8 months ago

There is a sense of teamwork that is a necessary part of serving in the kingdom. Valuing and maintaining those relationships we’ve been given is evidenced in the emphasis given to greeting, embracing, and encouraging each other while abstaining from those who would cause any division and strife. As deep as the revelation can get, it’s of no worth apart from producing the unifying and bonding fruit of the Spirit. Those things of wisdom that would cover a multitude of sins in the awareness of grace will overwhelm any magnifying of evil that would nurture judgment and condemnation. The schemes of the enemy to divide and conquer will be crushed beneath the feet of those who live ever more fully in the wisdom that is from above, while abhorring anything that would be joining with him in accusations.
The legitimacy of a walk with the Master will not be in tidbits of acquired knowledge that puff up and segregate in their exclusive insight, but rather in the emulation of the Heart that has surrounded us with a welcome embrace in full knowledge of our own shortcomings. The only disqualification will be from participation with the enemy in offenses and accusations. Our walk will include the crushing of his head as long as we’re not joining with him.

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