Romans 16:17–23 (ESV)
Final Instructions and Greetings
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.
who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.
Paul warns against those who cause divisions and promises God
will overcome them. Those who advocate a false Gospel are to be avoided entirely. As “living sacrifices” to God (12:1), we are to be actively engaged in good and uninvolved with evil. As promised in Gn 3:15, God will bring about the final culmination
of our salvation by crushing the power of Satan, sin, death, and hell forever (cf Rv 20:10, 14).
I pray: Heavenly Father, guard and protect Your Church from all who would
corrupt Your precious Gospel. As we await the final consummation of our salvation, may our obedience to Your will be “known to all” around us. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO:
Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1943.