Scripture Reading: Romans 1:1-17
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.
Obedience—from Greek words about hearing, to comply, submit, attentive listening.
Romans 15:18—Paul’s job by the Spirit was to make the Gentiles obedient.
Romans 1:5—we received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith
16:26—God reveals things for the obedience of faith
Wise good—skilled expert in what is virtuous
Simple evil—harmless, unmixed, pure, uncontaminated. Evil—worthless or harmful.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless [same as simple] as doves.
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
God of peace—peace does not imply no battle for conquer. In order to have peace, enemy must be destroyed.
Bruise—crush, break in pieces.
Under feet—not just defeat, but humiliation.
Christ bruising Satan, we’re in the body of Christ!
1 John 3:8
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
--we may mess around with sin and the devil, but God does not. We try to compromise and adjust; God wants to destroy it.
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.
Lucius, Jason, Sosipater—all mentioned in Acts. Lewd fellows of the baser sort assaulted the house of Jason in Acts 17:5.
Tertius wrote what Paul dictated. Paul probably told him to get some credit!
Gaius—church met in his house probably. Also mentioned in Acts.
Erastus chamberlain—government official, treasurer in Corinth where Paul writes from.
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,
Establish—confirm, uphold. Referring to God who works through the Gospel and the preaching of Christ.
Revelation of mystery—bringing in Jews and Gentiles in Christ. Fully manifest through Christ and revealed by the Gospel and what we preach about Christ.
Secret—kept in silence, hidden away.
Since world began—Gospel is eternal.
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.
Manifest—clearly seen. Reveal what was hidden.
Scriptures of prophets—check the old record written for your learning, you’ll see it hinted at. Now it’s in your face and obvious through what Christ did.
--God knew it all along, this is no change in Him. People didn’t know it and missed it.
To the only wise God—wisdom that planned redemption and the power that brought it about.
The Gospel is the power of God worked after the wisdom of God. It accomplishes:
New life—conformity to Christ not the world
Ultimate Victory over Satan
Progressive victory over sin
Obedience to God’s Word
Unity with Spirit-indwelt believers