1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
<b>Pheobe was a deaconess in the church at Cenchrea which Paul had visited (Acts 18: 18).
Paul asks the church to receive her in the Lord and give her all the help she needs in carrying out the work which he had entrusted to her. She had helped Paul and others on many occasions.</b>
2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
<b>By exposing themselves to danger for Paul, Priscilla and Aquila made it possible for him to continue proclaiming the message about Christ and to minister to believers, with resultant spiritual benefits to all who responded favorably. </b>
5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.
6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.
7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, 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 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' household.
11 Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.
12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.
13 Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.
15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.
16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
<b>Paul ends this section of greeting and exhortation and commends the church to greet each other with an holy or blessed kiss (Luke 7: 44, 1 Pet. 5: 14) and by conveying greetings to the Roman Christians on behalf of the other non Jewish churches he had founded.</b>
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
<b>Paul had gone to great lengths to exhort us that we should love one another as Christ loves us.
Now he warns that there are those who are outside of Christ who should be avoided .
These are people who try to lead us away from Christ, turn us from His faith or teach us things which do not line up with the word of God.
We are not to listen to them, but to test the spirits.
'Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. (1 John 4)
We are to completely turn away from them and avoid them. The Bible warns that even inside the church there are men and women who are like wolves in sheep's clothing, trying to lead astray and devour sincere believers (Matt 7: 15, Acts 20: 29).
Those who actively seek to subvert others from following the doctrine of God's Word are the ones to mark. Paul gave some characteristics of these people in (Ro 16:18)
Do not waste your time contending with them and trying to convince them, but rather give time to proclaiming the truth.
There are also those who are indifferent to or don't believe the Word of God, but they aren't out to oppose it.
Those, we simply love and continue to share the Word with, praying for their spiritual eyes to be opened. (Eph 4:3-20 amp)</b>
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
<b>People who do not serve the Lord Jesus Christ but are His enemies and are seeking to satisfy their own unspiritual desires, they prove that their god is their stomach (their appetites, their sensuality). (Phil 3: 18-19).
They use clever sounding words and flattery to deceive those who are weak in the faith.
Do not be deceived by their words, but rather watch their actions, for 'You will fully recognize them by their fruits. (actions)
Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? (Matt 7:16)</b>
19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
<b>Their loyalty and obedience to Christ was well known around the world and Paul's joy was based on the fact that they were living out their faith in Christ, walking in the truth (3 John 1:4).
Christians should be wise concerning that which is good, and simple (unmixed and separated from) that which is evil.
Undue attention to what satan is doing will actually give the enemy inroads into our lives.</b>
20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
21 Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.
22 I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.
23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.
24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
<b>Having outlined in the preceding chapters, the plan of God's salvation .
Paul now gives all the glory to the One who has brought about such a salvation for mankind.
God is able to strengthen by the power of the Holy Spirit of might, all who believe and keep them strong and steadfast to the end in the faith which is in Christ.
A faith which is according to the gospel which Paul had preached. This gospel, although it had not been revealed to men in the days before Christ came, was actually planned and purposed by God before time began. </b>
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
<b>To the One true Most High God, who alone is full of wisdom, grace and truth, that through the Lord Jesus Christ, He has brought His plan, which is 'THE WAY', His salvation to perfection, be glory both now and for evermore.
Rev 7:10 "In loud voice they cried, saying, [Our] salvation is due to our God, Who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb [to Them we owe our deliverance]!
Rev 7:11 And all the angels were standing round the throne and round the elders of the heavenly Sanhedrin] and the four living creatures, and they fell prostrate before the throne and worshiped God.
Rev 7:12 Amen! (So be it!) they cried. Blessing and glory and majesty and splendor and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and might [be ascribed] to our God to the ages and ages (forever and ever, throughout the eternities of the eternities)! Amen! (So be it!") (Rev 7:10-12 amp)</b>