Sunday, January 10, 2010

Christ Transforms Our lives Towards Faithful Brothers And Heretics (Romans 16)

Text: Romans 16

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...

5. In Transformation (12-16)
D) Towards Faithful Brothers (16:1-16)
E) Towards those who cause dissension (16:17-23)

Paul showed his gratitude and respect towards those who helped him with gospel work, asking Roman believers to greet them (means to "draw near", "embrace", "kiss": 1-16). He also warned them to keep an eye on and avoid false teachers who cause divisions, are slaves of their own appetites, and who deceive with smooth and flattering speech (17-20).  In conclusion, he sent greetings from the brethren who were with him (21-23), and praised the God and Savior whose gospel he proclaimed (24-27).

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.