Inspiration: Romans 15 and 16, Liberty. Exhortation and Salutations

Dear Inspiration Seekers,

Paul wraps up his epistle to the Romans with reiterations of his main themes, freedom from the law through Christ, responsibilities of Christians toward each other, and his reason for taking the gospel to the Gentiles.  Finally, he personalizes his message with greetings to specific people, whom I expect were members of the church to whom he wrote.  What caught my ear in these last two chapters was his appeal to use their ability to learn  and teach each other.“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us…” (15:4).  “… you are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.”  Liberty of thought.  The law instructs in conformity.  Memorize, recite, follow.  The gospel leads to freedom of thought, to use the neurological structures that God has given us for the capacity of learning, thinking, and deciding.  This is not scheming for our benefit, but identify what actions are good in what situations, for the benefit of others.  Respect and responsibility.  Looks like Paul is tying the many ideas that he has suggested in the letter together.

I hope that my inspirations have brought you inspiration, stimulating your neurological structures for learning and understanding.

Until next time, Inspiration Seekers

PS.  Ha, didn’t think I could write a blog in less that 1000 words, I bet! 😉

PPS.  After drafting this blog, I talked with my father about wrapping up his class.  He mentioned that in September he will be teaching a class on Galatians.  Ready for another more inspiration?


About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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One Response to Inspiration: Romans 15 and 16, Liberty. Exhortation and Salutations

  1. The Vicar says:

    I had not opened this blog, believing that a 2 chapter inspiration would be twice as long. Boy did I err in my assumption. Nice wrap up of Romans , “memorize, recite, follow.” Paul wraps up his letter to the Romans by pointing that it’s not about being smarter, it’s about being active in living out this life following after Jesus. This is is similar to the way Jesus wraps up the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7). He gives this metaphor of a wise man building his home on a rock, and a foolish man building his home on the sand. This was not advice to general contractors and architects, nor do I think it was about building your life on Jesus (the rock) which I heard often in Sunday School. Matthew 7:24 notes, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” The wise man is the one that puts into practice what he has heard! Paul echos Jesus, do something! Faith without action is dead.

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