Romans Lesson 29 Day 3

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7. Paul’s warning in Romans 16:17

. . .watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. ESV

8. Keep an eye on troublemakers.

A list of attributes based on 1 Timothy 6:4 ESV

  • Promote speculations
  • Cause divisions
  • Puffed up with conceit
  • Understands nothing
  • Has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words
  • Producing envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people
  • Depraved in mind and deprived of the truth 
  • Imagine that godliness is a means of gain

Paul didn’t say we have to avoid people who have different doctrines. He said to keep an eye on those who cause divisions and offenses.

The assemblies in Rome came from diverse backgrounds. Some were Jews by birth, and some were formerly pagans. Their dietary habits and calendars weren’t even the same. Yet Paul encouraged them to love and bear with one another.

Paul warns them about those who persist in causing divisions and offenses about different beliefs. In Acts 19:9, Paul dealt with an insurmountable situation by meeting in another place.

But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he [Paul] withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. (Acts 19:9 ESV)

When a situation involves one person, Jesus said,

If he refuses to listen . . . tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (Matthew 18:17 ESV)

Paul’s advice

Don’t be caught in their snare (TPT)

. . .turn aside from them to ] avoid them. AMPC)

Give these people a wide berth. . .Don’t be gullible in regard to smooth-talking evil. Stay alert. (MSG)

. . .keep up your guard. . .stay away from them. (Voice)

9. “. . .be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.” (ESV)

Jesus warned His disciples,

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16 ESV)

Guzik writes,

This is the best defense against dividers and deceivers. It is of far more use to know the good than it is to know the evil, to learn about the genuine rather than the counterfeit.

The Greek word translated “innocent” can also mean “mixture”. (Footnote in TPT)

10. Romans 16:20

The Lord told Adam and Eve that the seed of the woman (Jesus) would bruise the serpent’s head (see my note at Genesis 3:15). This was fulfilled, at least in part, by Jesus’ first advent and resurrection. But this verse might be speaking of a future fulfillment of this, too, where the devil is cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). It’s also possible that every time we triumph over the devil, we are bruising Satan. So, this might be speaking of their immediate victory in their specific situation, or maybe the future time at the end of the world and the eternal punishment of the devil. Andrew Wommack

Jehovah Shalom — God of peace

Swiftly pound Satan to a pulp — The Greek word suntribo means “to beat up someone to a jelly” (or pulp). (Footnote in TPT)

Under my feet — God does the crushing, but Satan ends up under the feet of believers. (Guzik)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [will] be with [me]. (ESV) <3


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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 29 Day 3 ~ Romans 16:17-20