All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
Paul sends greetings to many individual christians and leaders in the church at Rome.
His last appeal to them is to watch out for false teachers who teach things contrary to the gospel. They deceive everyone with their smooth talk and glowing words. The Romans, on the other hand, are faithful to Christ.
This final doxology, or blessing, concludes the letter to the Romans.
All of Paul’s life was about glorifying God. He did this firstly in a zealous way fighting heretics including followers of Christ, but later just as zealous for Christ.
Paul counted even his extreme sufferings such as prison, beatings, being shipwrecked, all as nothing compared to the riches of Christ’s glory.
In comparison to Paul, I always feel somewhat inferior and lazy. We should not make comparisons, because God calls us all to live differently, but how wonderful it would be to have Paul’s zeal and boldness for Christ.
I need to learn to put aside everything that detracts from Jesus. This is not just about sin, but all the other distractions that stop me from following Jesus as I should.
I need also to get a clearer vision of Jesus- His grace and love and holiness, allowing Him to capture my heart so that nothing comes close to Him in my affections.
Lord, please help me to see you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly. Amen.