This year, in our church, for a total of sixteen Sundays, we managed to cover the 433 verses that compose the most relevant and important epistle of the New Testament, Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. I invite you to visit our Church’s website (click here) and listen to the messages again. Since Romans is a book that covers both the doctrine and praxis of our Christian faith, I believe it is a book that every believer should read, study and meditate on.
In this blog post, I would like to ponder with you the verses with which Paul closes his greatest letter of Romans. From verses 17 to 23 Paul stops his greetings to leave a final warning against the false teachers that were provoking divisions and putting obstacles in the way of the growth of many Christians back then. The commandment of Paul to the believers is to simply avoid these kinds of people. These false teachers only pursue the purpose of serving themselves and not Christ. This warning is still valid for us the church of the 21st century. In an era where communication has expanded to every place, at a time where anyone can use a computer or cell phone to present any message or doctrine to the world and spread it everywhere, we Christians should be alert and wise about what we are consuming to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our spirits.
The mark of the true servant of Christ, Paul points out, is not his eloquence or charisma but his love and service to Jesus Christ. The true servant of Jesus does not seek to be served but seeks to serve others. In the following verse, Paul then commands the church in Rome to be wise and be alert and “to be innocent as to what is evil” (v. 20).'The true servant of Jesus does not seek to be served but seeks to serve others.'Click To Tweet
Then Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit, gives to the believers in Rome and us here and now, one of the most powerful promises of victory over the enemy that we can find in Scriptures: The God of peace will soon crush Satan under our feet. Because of this promise of victory, believers can burst out in praise and worship declaring that only God is wise and worthy of glory, through his son Jesus Christ, forever and ever, amen. God’s glory is then the goal of our lives and the joy of our hearts.