Commentary on Romans 16:25-27

Notes (NET Translation) 25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, Verses 25-27 are one long incomplete sentence. The strengthening envisioned is the ability to resist temptations and …

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Commentary on Romans 16:21-23

Notes (NET Translation) 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my compatriots. Those mentioned in verses 21-23 are in Corinth with Paul. Timothy is one of Paul's chief coworkers. Lucius might be Lucius the Cyrene, a prophet/teacher at Syrian Antioch (Acts 13:1-3), or Luke the physician (Col 4:14; 2 …

Commentary on Romans 16:17-20

Notes (NET Translation) 17 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them! It is not clear whether Paul had in mind specific individuals causing dissensions or whether he was giving a general warning about the kind of …

Commentary on Romans 16:3-16

Notes (NET Translation) Paul does not directly greet his friends, coworkers, and kinsmen ("compatriots"). The dominantly Gentile audience is to greet them for him. Many of those mentioned by name in this chapter may have been Jewish Christians who were exiled from Rome by Emperor Claudius and who have now returned to Rome. By having …

Commentary on Romans 15:30-33

Notes (NET Translation) 30 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, through our Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to join fervently with me in prayer to God on my behalf. The fulfillment of Paul's hope to come to the Romans "with the fullness of the blessing of Christ" (v. 29) …

Commentary on Romans 15:22-29

Notes (NET Translation) 22 This is the reason I was often hindered from coming to you. Paul's evangelization in the eastern Mediterranean is what hindered him from going to Rome (15:17-19). He also had problems with congregations to deal with and was imprisoned multiple times (1 Cor 15:32; 2 Cor 1:8; Phlm 1; Phil 1:14). …