Saturday, 18 December 2010

Romans 16

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.19-20 I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

Peace crushes Satan. Hang onto peace in the difficult times as this will defeat the devil. God's promise has always been to crush the devil's head.

Genesis 3:15 (God speaking to the serpent):
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

Susan said...

Merry Christmas!

Susan said...

v.7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

Paul mentions many women in this chapter who played significant roles in the church, including Junia – an apostle.

Susan said...

It is curious that Paul greets so many people by name when he hadn’t been to Rome yet. However travel was fairly easy in Paul’s day. Priscilla and Aquila obviously moved around quite a bit from what we read of them in Acts and elsewhere. “There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome” (Acts 18:2). Possibly others had also left Rome but were now back there.

It would also suggest Paul was a friendly person who remembered people’s names!

Susan said...

From the Message:
v.25 All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the mystery kept secret for so long but now an open book through the prophetic Scriptures.

"Strong enough to make you strong." We can rest in God who gives us strength.

Susan said...

v.4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.

So many underwent great trials for their faith. Still today we are grateful for their example and for the encouragement they are to us to persevere in our faith.