December 13, 2018

Shout Outs!

Romans 16:21–27

9 Comments | Listen | Print | Full Chapter

21 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.

23 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.1

Doxology

25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Footnotes

[1] 16:23 Some manuscripts insert verse 24: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen

In Context:

16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. 17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. 19 For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. 22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you. 25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Shout Outs!



Bio | Rob Guild

Hey, y'all, I'm Rob. I'm married to a wonderful woman, Britt. I'm also the father of a third grader, Kayla, and a fourth grader, Connor.

Romans and I have a history. As a Bible major, I had to tell my dad, a preacher, that I got a D in Romans. Worst report card EVER!

His response was thankfully a lesson in mercy and grace: "Jimmy Allen taught your class, right? He taught MY Romans class in '73. He gave me a D that I'd never worked so hard for in my life. I was proud of that D!"

Central Truth

The people closest to us should encourage us and strengthen our relationship with Christ. We should select them carefully. We are a blessing and a resource to each other.

Devotional | Romans 16:21–27

You think all these names are unimportant, and this is a bogus last chapter? You could not be more wrong!

I often have to remind myself that names mentioned in the Bible had more meaning to the first-century reader...

You think all these names are unimportant, and this is a bogus last chapter? You could not be more wrong!

I often have to remind myself that names mentioned in the Bible had more meaning to the first-century reader than they initially do to me. Paul is talking about his peeps. His community. You may not know Justin at Stryker, Blake the architect, Josh the engineer, and Zac with the AHA, but those guys are my human line of defense against the devil. They keep me sharp (Proverbs 27:17), encourage me, remind me of Scripture, and keep me in check (James 5:16). Paul had similar people around him, too.

Paul is writing to the Romans from the city of Corinth. He mentions Erastus, the director of public works. Anyone who has ever dealt with bureaucracy can appreciate the wisdom of having a trusted friend who works at "city hall." Holding this position makes Erastus unique among the many brothers and sisters Paul mentions. His position meant he was a social elite and probably on several "Who's Who" lists around A.D. 57.

In 1929, at an archeological dig in Corinth, an engraved piece of pavement was found. The English translation reads, "Erastus in return for his aedileship (office) laid (the pavement) at his own expense." Obviously, a guy named Erastus paid for the road. The inscription was likely put there as a reminder. Not a humble brag, but perhaps to show the fulfillment of a promise. "I said I would do this, and I did."

Maybe Erastus was a common name. Maybe lots of social elites engraved pavement. Instead, I believe that the Erastus stone shows rock solid proof in 2018 of a man who was mentioned in the Bible as a go-to guy on the Apostle Paul's squad.

Paul couldn't have known I would Google his friend's engraving and be encouraged almost 2,000 years later. However, he did know that he should choose the people around him wisely.

See Comments

Discussion Questions

1. When the rubber meets the road and you're in deep trouble, who do you first call or text? Why?

2. Does this person love you? Does the person love you enough to give you hard answers that you may not want to hear? ("Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses." Proverbs 27:6, NIV)

3. How carefully did you choose those who are closest to you? 

4. If you are being honest with yourself, are you the friend to others that you want others to be to you? If not, how can you change?

 

 

9 Comments available

Ronnie Oldfield about 11 hours ago

Great relationship refocusing Rob. Thankfully God doesn’t do letter grades: saved by faith or not.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.

Unequivocal, strongly worded guidance. Feeds ur question 3. I did not do a good job selecting close friends prior to 12/26/2003. As a new game plan for life has taken hold, and through the training at Watermark since August 2014, my circle looks ssssooooo much different. Thank you Rob!!!

greg jones about 12 hours ago

@Sue, thank you for the mention yesterday. Concerning that, may I nuance your good advice a little bit?

There are absolutely some situations I need to stay away from but sometimes we need to be positive deviants in negative areas.

My thinking goes something like this-What does one righteous person add to righteous seclusion? What does one righteous person add when included by the unrighteous?

Those questions cause me to understand some verses differently. Example: verses 17-20 (Matthew ch10) it is the negative arguments against deviance witnessed by gentiles, Samaritans, and other unrighteous bystanders that will become a positive influence. God’s way of influencing the people standing around the first century water coolers.

Thank you for your consideration.

greg jones about 12 hours ago

Googled Jimmy Allen and found Larry McSwain had written a biography titled: Loving beyond Your Theology, about him.

McSwain explained the idea of the title came from an Allen quote. "He writes in that book, 'The God who calls us all to behaviors of redemption must live with one fact, and that is to love past our theology, to help meet the needs of dying people.’

McSwain continuing, “It’s where the book can make an impact in each of our lives, I think, as we, too, learn to live and love beyond the confines of the conceptions of God that have shaped our lives in too limited a way,”

I agree.

Sue Bohlin about 13 hours ago

Thanks, Rob! Sorry about that D in Romans that still stings a bit!

The names in Paul’s shout-out list mean that these people are recorded by name in scripture literally forever. Most of the time, that’s quite the honor! Only a handful of people’s names are recorded in the Bible compared to the number of people who have lived, but that’s ok. . . because the Lord tells us He has engraved our names on the palm of His hand. (Isaiah 49:16)

Lindsey Driscoll about 15 hours ago

Rob, awesome devo about Paul’s shout outs to his brothers and sisters in Christ. I too was encouraged to read Erastus’s (16:23) name. As someone who works in construction, I see that Erastus was faithful in his work and likely he was a leader in paved roads and places that Paul shared the gospel!! How cool to think about. In verse 16:22 Tertius send his greetings as Paul’s scribe of the letter to the Romans… now that’s a helpful friend as well! In what ways today can I serve faithfully my friends and community for the advancement of the Gospel?

Hugh Stephenson about 15 hours ago

Thinking about the brothers and sisters in Christ I have come to know over the last 5+ years at Watermark. What an amazing group. I am especial thankful for my Community Group and especially the guys . 5 years of ups and downs, highs and lows. It is very clear to us that God put us together as provision for each other. Shout out Terry and Phillip!!

The phrase I center on in this passage is “…to bring about the obedience of faith-“. Over and over I see the issue always comes back to this phrase or others expressing a similar thought. God has given me all that I need to know Him and His goodness & kindness. He has also given me all that I need to know about myself, my depravity and that I am without excuse. And then, to see how Jesus is the only answer.

Hope Harris about 15 hours ago

I love the frontline defense explanation for your peeps. I recently had to process accepting a job offer and the various ways above money that the new job would change my life. Given I am finishing a book and have several next steps with it and ministry.

In the end I accepted the job offer and start transitioning next week. I am grateful for my go to people who ask hard questions and press me to pursue Christ. They make me a better person.

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

Sinclair Ferguson points out some of the people here have numbers instead of names. 3rd and 4th: Tertius (the secretary writer, aka Trey ) and Quartus. What happened to 1st and 2nd ?

In the gospel, all the people listed are personalized and humanized, not mere numbers. Name 3rd may be humble but God used a humbly named person to pen Romans from the words of Paul.

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

One big shout out is the gospel. Once secret now broadcast.

Romans 16:15,26

When the word mystery is used in the New Testament it is typically something that once was secret and now proclaimed

The gospel was a mystery but now openly proclaimed 1 Tim 3:16

View More Comments

Download The App

  • Jointhejourney app store
  • Jointhejourney play store