• Avoiding False Teachers

    Romans 16:17

    No matter how biblically faithful its confession and creeds, no church or denomination is immune from false teachers. If church leaders will not keep watch over the orthodoxy of their ministers and if congregations refuse to be on watch for ...Read More

  • Greeting One Another

    Romans 16:16

    The differences that separate professing Christian denominations are significant—many of them even touching the heart of the gospel—so we should never minimize them. Yet we should not so separate from others who affirm the true gospel that we ...Read More

  • Greetings for Prisca and Aquila

    Romans 16:3-5a

    Some scholars have theorized that Apollos wrote the book of Hebrews, and if this is true, there is little doubt that some of its content comes from the teaching of Prisca and Aquila. Even if Apollos did not write Hebrews ...Read More

  • Greetings From Paul’s Associates

    Romans 16:21-24

    Today’s passage shows us yet again that even the Apostles had valued coworkers in ministry and depended on others for their efforts. Indeed, this is how the Lord has made us—to rely on each other for fellowship and ...Read More

  • Honoring Faithfulness

    Romans 16:14-15

    Not everyone who works hard for Christ’s church receives honor and commendation from other people such as we see in Paul’s list of greetings. But even when no one else commends us for our work, the Lord sees ...Read More

  • Our Promised Victory

    Romans 16:20

    As Christians, we see the enemies of God tremble in fear as His kingdom grows. Sometimes that looks like a victory, from our perspective, as many people join the church and cultural standards move in the direction of godliness. Sometimes ...Read More

  • Paul’s Concluding Doxology

    Romans 16:25-26

    Note that in today’s passage, those whom the preaching of Jesus Christ will strengthen are the Roman Christians—men and women who are already believers. God not only brings His people to faith through the preaching of the gospel ...Read More

  • Paul’s Fellow Prisoners

    Romans 16:5b-7

    Sometimes we are tempted to believe that we cannot have a significant ministry or influence if we are not ordained to church leadership. Yet that is to look at the kingdom of God in a worldly manner, for while the ...Read More

  • Phoebe’s Commendation

    Romans 16:1-2

    When others serve faithfully, it is appropriate to recognize them for what they have done. In the case of Phoebe, this meant that it was right for the church at Rome to receive her with open arms and to provide ...Read More

  • Rome’s Analytic View of Justification

    Romans 1:16–17

    Roman Catholics and Protestants differ on several fundamental matters, not the least of which is the doctrine of justification. It is essential that we do not blur the lines on this issue, for the very gospel is at stake. We ...Read More

  • Satan Crushed Under Our Feet

    Romans 16:20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that this promise refers not only to the last day when the final victory over Satan will be consummated, but also to the present era. God often defeats our enemies on this side ...Read More

  • Signs of the False Teacher

    Romans 16:18

    When it comes to false teaching, what matters is not really the form of the words spoken but their content and the intent behind them. Sometimes truth must be presented with harsh words, but often it can be conveyed with ...Read More

  • Stature in Christ

    Romans 16:8-11

    John Calvin also notes that the absence of titles in Romans 16 reveals that many Roman Christians were not a part of the upper class. God invites those whom the world would regard as the unlikeliest of people into His ...Read More

  • Unity in Truth

    Romans 16:17–20

    When joining a church, we often vow to preserve its peace and purity. Unity and peace are difficult to maintain since people are instinctively critical. Decide beforehand that when strife or error comes in your church, your concern will be ...Read More

  • Wise in Good, Innocent in Evil

    Romans 16:19

    Knowing what orthodox, biblical Christianity teaches is not difficult. In fact, even unbelievers can know what the Bible says. But head knowledge is not enough. Doctrine must penetrate our hearts so that we are convicted to repent of sin and ...Read More