It afterwards came to have a fixed place in the church service, immediately after the celebration of the Supper, and continued long in use. 10. unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles--whose special apostle this dear couple had rescued from imminent danger. Apparently Phoebe was on her way to Rome (probably entrusted with this precious letter) and Paul sends an advance recommendation of this sister in Christ so the Romans will receive her and support her during her stay in their city. a. PriscillaandAquila: This couple is mentioned in Acts 18:2, 18:18 and 18:26 as associates of Paul and helpers to Apollos. Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. Others, like Persis, labored much for the Lord. And of course, if "Junia" is to be taken for a woman, this latter must be the meaning. It made Spurgeon think of the unconverted who live with believers in their house. Audiobook review: This is a phenomenal exposition of the book of Romans by Pastor John Piper. It is of far more use to know the good than it is to know the evil, to learn about the genuine rather than the counterfeit. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. He would have the Romans therefore to join him in wrestling with God that this gift might be gratefully received, and prove a cement between the two parties. We notice here that this kiss was to be a holy kiss. Romans THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT Romans 8:16. There we have a husband and a wife conspiring in hypocrisy, and here a wife and a husband united in sincere devotion.”, b. (25-27) Conclusion to the letter: praise to God. and avoid them--The fomentors of "divisions" here referred to are probably those who were unfriendly to the truths taught in this epistle, while those who caused "offenses" were probably those referred to in Romans 14:15 as haughtily disregarding the prejudices of the weak. 1. “They were like the most of us, commonplace individuals; but they loved the Lord, and therefore as Paul recollected their names he sent them a message of love which has become embalmed in the Holy Scriptures. i. Deceive the hearts of the simple: This shows that dividers and deceivers don’t affect everyone. b. But at least it would seem to indicate that they were each a center of some few Christians who met at his house--it may be for further instruction, for prayer, for missionary purposes, or for some other Christian objects. (5) "Has the everlasting God . Paul wrote it during his stay in Corinth, probably about 57 *A.D.. 2. c. Do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly: Dividers and deceivers never want to appear selfish. 14, 15. The grace, &c.--a repetition of the benediction precisely as in Romans 16:20 , save that it is here invoked on them "all. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. If there is anything that the Book of Romans explains from beginning to end, it is the, ii. To us it seems altogether likely that the conversion of Simon the Cyrenian dated from that memorable day when "passing [casually] by, as he came from the country" ( Mark 15:21 ), "they compelled him to bear the" Saviour's cross. I, Tertius, who wrote this--"the" epistle--as the apostle's amanuensis, or penman. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ--"our Lord Christ" appears to be the true reading. Paul may be writing many of the servants who worked for Caesar who became Christians. Dr. Mohler's verse-by-verse expository teaching through the book of Romans. And, indeed, if to be "in Christ" be the most enviable human condition, the earlier the date of this blessed translation, the greater the grace of it. Commentary on Romans 16:17-20 (Read Romans 16:17-20) How earnest, how endearing are these exhortations! f. The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly: Any church with the well-deserved reputation of the Romans, who stays on guard against both dividers and deceivers, will see God crush Satan under your feet shortly. The custom prevailed among the Jews, and doubtless came from the East, where it still obtains. 7. 21. d. Servant is the same word translated deacon in other places. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. a. I commend to you Phoebe our sister: Paul certainly knew the value of what women could do in serving the church. Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord--two active women. 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