Romans 16:17-19

Final Instructions and Greetings

17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles x contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; y avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but z their own appetites, 1 and a by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. 19 For b your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you c to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.

  1. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:3
    As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine.
    1 Timothy 6:3
    If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness.
  2. Cross References
    2 John 1:10
    If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting.
  3. Cross References
    Philippians 3:19
    Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
    2 Timothy 3:4
    Treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
    Titus 1:12
    One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.
  4. Cross References
    Colossians 2:4
    I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
    2 Peter 2:3
    And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
  5. Cross References
    Romans 1:8
    First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
  6. Cross References
    Jeremiah 4:22
    "For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are 'wise' - in doing evil! But how to do good they know not."
    Matthew 10:16
    Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
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