Lectionary Text: Romans 16:25-27
Literary Unit: Romans 16:17-27
Sub Literary Units: 17-20, 21, 22, 23 & 24, and 25- 27.
Central Message: The Final Word
Romans 16: 17-27 is not only a fitting end for the book of Romans but for the end of a calendar year. Paul reminds the Christians at Rome that God has commanded that His Scriptures be preached in all nations so all people can obey His command to believe. The Church of Jesus Christ should remember while we are celebrating the Advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during this season, that same Jesus Christ is reason for the season. The reason Christians celebrate this season is to help remind us that the mystery that the Apostle Paul speaks of in this passage of scripture is no longer a mystery or secret. The mystery has been revealed for the whole world to see. Before the advent of the birth of Jesus Christ, the mystery was for the Jews only, but with the advent of the ministry of Paul, the mystery has been revealed to the church. The mystery is that the church will consist of both Jews and Gentiles united in the one body of Christ. (See Eph. 3:1-13)
God uses the gospel, which is the preaching of Jesus Christ, to establish the Roman believers. Paul speaks of his message as a mystery (11:25) because God’s complete plan of salvation was at first hidden but now was being revealed. God in His wisdom saves people who upon hearing the Scripture and especially the gospel, trust Jesus Christ forever.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary, General Editor- Earl D. Radmacher, Ronald B. Allen- Old Testament, H. Wayne House- New Testament, Thomas nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN., 1999, p. 1456.
Lord, send me forth this day to bring your Good News
to those poor who hunger for a word of hope;
to my neighbor, starving for a friendly gesture;
to my co-worker who longs to be accepted.
Send me out with eyes open wide to see the loveliness of your creation,
the sight of your face in the face of the stranger;
the insight to know the right words and gestures to offer a hurting friend.
Send me in peace and joy that I might be an instrument of your liberating love,
Your joyful presence, your joyful presence, and your redeeming compassion.
Grant that I may bring your presence to a waiting world. Amen.