Reposted from Pastor Flamme:
(27 verses, 2:14 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Greetings, The Divisiveness of False Doctrine, and Doxology
- Paul commends Phoebe to the congregation in Rome and greets many individuals by reputation and name (1-16).
- Paul teaches that “divisions” and “obstacles” arise from deviations from the “doctrine that you have been taught” (17-20).
- Paul’s companions and the epistle’s penman send their greetings (21-23).
- Concluding Doxology (25-27).
- The Gospel is preached among real people. It’s not an abstract ideal that somehow takes us out of the reality of life lived among other people. The greetings that you find in this chapter serve as a good reminder that you can’t be a church of one. When you were baptized, you were welcomed into the company of the saints, who are real people, who get together at actual churches in your area. If it’s been a while since you’ve last been to church, go greet your fellow saints in worship this Sunday. Receive their greetings and be blessed by the gift of your brothers and sisters in Christ as you gather together to be nourished by the life-giving promises of God.
- If you’re like me, you have a love of doctrine. This is a gift of the Holy Ghost. It’s a blessed thing to desire that you speak correctly and confess clearly concerning the teachings of Jesus. You know that getting it right makes all the difference in a world that’s been taken captive by the false religion of works-righteousness. Sadly, your love of doctrine is often called the cause of the problems in the church. Pluralism is commended to us as the only acceptable mindset if there is to be peace among men. Sure, pluralism might serve the cause of some sort of peace among men, but it doesn’t provide the peace needed between God and men that can only be found in the pure Gospel that we learn in Scripture. Paul teaches clearly that the purity of apostolic doctrine binds the saints together, not agreements to get along without agreeing with one another. Anything that diminishes or corrupts the apostolic doctrine divides sinners from the gifts of the Gospel. When Paul uses the word “obedience,” he means conformity to what he and the other apostles preach concerning the person and work of Christ. Where their teachings continue to be proclaimed, there Christ works to crush Satan’s head under the feet of his saints by the forgiveness of his cross.
- In the doxology, what is commended to the Romans as the source of their strength into the future? The preaching of Jesus Christ, which is Paul’s gospel. This is what has been disclosed to the gentiles and these are the words that work faith that clings to the promises of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. “To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
- Prayer: I thank you, heavenly Father, that you have united me to the Holy Christian Church through the preached Word of Christ which is the mystery of salvation that has been made known to all people. Amen.
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-Pastor A. Brian Flamme