Greetings and Admonitions – Romans 16

Read the Passage: Romans 16

Roman Saints (16:1–16)

Sometimes believers are tempted to skip reading lists of names in the Bible, such as the lengthy genealogies and the greetings that Paul oftentimes includes at the end of his epistles. Continue reading Greetings and Admonitions – Romans 16

Neighbor Love – Romans 15

Read the Passage: Romans 15

Paul’s Exhortation (15:1–13)

Earlier, in Romans 14 Paul addressed the issue of Christian liberty, as he primarily wrote to those known as stronger brothers—that is, believers with a mature faith, full knowledge of the Bible, and a developed Christian conscience—and encouraged these mature brethren to “not put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our [weaker] brother’s way” (Rom. 14:13). Continue reading Neighbor Love – Romans 15

Personal Holiness – 1 Peter 1:13-25

Read the Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-25

Call to Holiness (1:13–16)

In beginning this verse with the word “therefore” Peter is in effect saying, “In light of the nature of salvation . . . .” He then goes on to list three duties required of his believing readers. First, they were to “gird up the loins of [their] minds” (1 Pet. 1:13). This is a reference to the ancient practice of gathering up one’s robe when needing to move in a hurry. Peter is saying, then, prepare your mind by putting away the loose ends of your thinking. Second, Peter admonishes his readers to “be sober.” Continue reading Personal Holiness – 1 Peter 1:13-25