Final Instructions and Greetings

Romans 16

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. 20 d The God of peace e will soon crush Satan under your feet. f The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

21 g Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.

22 I Tertius, h who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.

23 i Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you. 2

  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.
  7. Cross References
    Romans 15:33
    May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
  8. Cross References
    Genesis 3:15
    I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
    Luke 10:17 - 19
    The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!
    Revelation 12:11
    And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:23
    The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.
  10. Cross References
    Acts 16:1
    Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.
  11. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:21
    I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.
  12. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:14
    I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius.
    Acts 19:29
    So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul's companions in travel.
    Acts 20:4
    Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus.
    3 John 1:1
    The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
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