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It seems that Romans was a letter that Paul found very difficult to bring to an end. He has sent his greetings; but before he closed he makes one last warning to the Christians in Rome to keep themselves from every evil influence.
As Paul comes to the end of his message he warns them about false teachers who, instead of preaching the truth, spread their own religious propaganda (vv. 17-18). These evildoers are not Christian teachers who have fallen into error, as some teach, but are ungodly men. They are not servants of Christ, but tools of the devil, brought in from the world to divide the people of God. We need to be very careful how we label true servants of Christ as infidels, etc. even though we may feel that truth compels us to take issue with them about some things they do or teach.
At the same time, Christians must watch out for these false teachers. We have the same problem today, as they come to our front door trying to convince us that they are teaching the truth. Paul says to mark them and avoid them. The way to detect error is to lay its teaching alongside the straight edge of the Word of God “the doctrine which ye have learned” (v. 17).
Even though he warns the Roman saints of the dangers of listening to men of this type, Paul lets them know that he has heard good things about them (vv. 19-20). He is just concerned that they be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. Christians need to be innocent about evil, and not follow the ways of the world (Romans 12:2). These false teachers who are under Satan’s influence will be destroyed, and God will one day establish peace. Heretics may plague the church but through the grace of the Lord Jesus we shall triumph.
When I read books or listen to sermons, I must check the content of what is written or said, and not be fooled by a smooth presentation. The better I know God’s Word, the least apt I will be fooled by these false teachers.
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Romans 13:1-7Submit to Government
Romans 13:8-10Love Your Neighbor
Romans 13:11-14The Day When Christ Returns
Romans 14:1-6The Law of Liberty
Romans 14:7-12Alive or Dead it Must be For The Lord
Romans 14:13-23How Our Attitude Spreads to Others
Romans 15:1-2Please Others And Not Yourself
Romans 15:3-13The Good News is For Jews And Gentiles
Romans 15:14-19Paul’s Work as a Missionary
Romans 15:20-29Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome
Romans 15:30-33Paul Requests Prayer For The Ministry
Romans 16:1-16Paul Sends Greetings to Friends And Churches
Romans 16:17-20Avoid Devisive People
Romans 16:21-27Paul’s Closing Prayer