QT 27/06/2024 Thu. Romans 16. Unity: Sincere Greetings. 真诚的问候

QT 27/06/2024 Thu. Romans 16. Unity: Sincere Greetings. 真诚的问候

QT 27/06/2024 Thu. Romans 16. Unity: Sincere Greetings
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Romans 16 ends the themes of "accepting one another", "welcoming one another" and "unity" emphatically. See the attached chart. It summarizes the DISTRIBUTION of a particular kind of verb used by Paul, the second person (you/you all) COMMANDS (imperatives).

The green bars total up these imperatives. Romans 12-16 (the practical section) have many hits, but the highest occurrence is in Roman 16. He COMMANDED them to greet and welcome one another sincerely.

APPLICATION (1): GREET ONE ANOTHER sincerely to express this unity, acceptance and welcome (in view of the various kinds of unity set out in Romans 1-15). Paul COMMANDS readers to GREET ONE ANOTHER. He gives them a long list to greet, why greet them and how (Rom 16:1-16).

APPLICATION (2): When you greet one another, REMEMBER and THINK of the CONTRIBUTION that person has made for the gospel, like what Paul did:

(1) "She has been a patron of many" (Rom 16:2)
(2) "Risked their necks for my life" (Rom 16:4)
(3) "First convert" in Asia (Rom 16:5)
(4) "Worked hard for you" (Rom 16:6)
(5) They were "my fellow prisoners" (Rom 16:7)
(6) "Well known to the apostles" (Rom 16:7)
(7) They were "in Christ BEFORE me" (Rom 16:7)
(8) "Fellow worker in Christ" (Rom 16:9)
(9) "Approved in Christ" (Rom 16:10)
(10) "Who work hard in the Lord" (Rom 16:12)
(11) "Who has been a mother to me" (Rom 16:13)

APPLICATION (2): Can you think of a person whom you have DIFFICULTY accepting now? Think how items 1-11 above can be used to DESCRIBE that person, and attempt to welcome that person this week.

Nevertheless, Paul is in touch with the realities before him: There would always be those "who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught" (Rom 16:17). These serve "their own appetites" rather than the LORD (Rom 16:18).

APPLICATION: For these kind of people, Paul commanded them to "AVOID THEM" (Rom 16:17). Therefore, inclusiveness has its LIMITS. Learn to recognise their "smooth talk" and the cunning use of "flattery" to "deceive the hearts of the naive" (Rom 16:18).

APPLICATION (3): Strive for "unity" at church so that the "gospel" and "preaching of Jesus Christ" (Rom 16:25) can prosper, the gospel be revealed and made known to "all nations" effectively (Rom 16:26).

星期四 2024年6月27日 今日读经:罗马书16章. 合一:真诚的问候





(1) “她曾经帮助许多人”(罗16:2)
(2) “他们为了我的性命,置生死于度外”(罗16:4)
(3) “亚西亚省第一个归入基督的人” (罗16:5)
(4) “为你们多多劳苦”(罗16:6)
(5) 他们全都是“与我一同被囚的”(罗16:7)
(6) “他们在使徒中是有名望的”(罗16:7)
(7) 他们“比我先在基督里”(罗16:7)
(8) “在基督里与我们同工的”(罗16:9)
(9) “在基督里蒙称许的”(罗16:10)
(10) “在主里劳苦的” (罗16:12)
(11) “她也是我在主里的母亲”(罗16:13)

应用(2): 你现在能否想到一个你很难接纳的人?思考一下,以上1-11项,你如何用来形容那个人,就趁这个星期尝试去接纳他。

尽管如此,对于眼前的事来说,保罗还是很是实际并坦诚的: 总会有一些“离间你们、绊倒你们、使你们违反你们所学的教义的人”(罗16:7)。这样的人不服事我们的主基督,只“服事自己的肚腹”(罗16:18)。