Romans 16:17-19

Romans 16:17-19

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice

November 15, 2019 – Friday

Romans 16:17-19  NIV

17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.

18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

Comments

These are three wonderful verses and I especially like how the Apostle Paul begins with I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.  First of all we are warned to watch out for those who cause divisions and best of all Paul makes it clear the divisions and obstacles we are to be concerned about are those that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. In other words divisions and obstacles that are contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Bible.

Then Paul continues stating such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Let us be clear, when they are serving their own appetites they are serving Satan, the enemy of Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit. When we hear smooth talk and flattery we had best be looking to God’s Word to see if what we are hearing is in line with it. That is our source and arbiter of truth.

Then as Paul gets near the end of the closing of his letter to the Romans he writes Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.  The warning he began with, he also concludes with after noting how Everyone has heard about your obedience which would be a major accomplish and concern in a city like Rome that was rife with sin and pagan worship. The warning he gave was I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. While recognizing their obedience he wanted them to be wise about what is good and at the same time innocent about what is evil. Matthew Poole’s Commentary nails it when he says of Paul’s directions

He exhorts them to join prudence with simplicity; to be so harmless and simple as not to invent false doctrine, and yet to be so wise and skilful as to be able to discern truth from falsehood; to be so innocent as not to deceive, and so prudent as not to be deceived:

It’s Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend. Also hope you also remember to Go To Church where hopefully you will receive teaching on God’s Word and the wonder of the Grace offered by Jesus.

RileyD, nwJ
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)

 

* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.   (1 Samuel 15:22)