(1-16) Personal Greetings
Paul commends, greets, and recognizes many other believers who have worked with him in spreading the Gospel. The work of the kingdom of God is not a one man show. Paul always gave credit to God and to others for giving him the power, strength, and encouragement that he needed to accomplish what he was called to do. He understood that all people, even those who remained behind the scenes and those who had roles that were “smaller” than his, were a vital part of the body of Christ.
(17-23) Final Instructions and Greetings
Paul applauds the Roman believers for their obedience, but he warns them to beware of flattering deceivers and false teachers who seek to turn Christians away from the truth of God. His advice, ‘to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil’, is good guidance for us all to follow, regardless of how young or old we are in our faith. And when we are faced with evil, Paul tells us to remember that the powerful peace of God will soon crush Satan under our feet. Through Him, eternal victory is already ours.
The mystery that Paul talks about here is the mystery of Christ being made manifest in the flesh and becoming the Savior of all who believe in Him. During Old Testament times, the revelation of Christ was kept a secret, but now much of it has been disclosed and been made known to people of all nations. Only at the end of time, however, when we are united with God and God with us, will we fully understand the mystery of the revelation of Christ. Until then, God is able to keep us strong through the Gospel and preaching of His Son.
Favorite verse: (20) The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.