ROMANS 16:21-26

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Wednesday Evening:  April 18, 2007

Text:  Romans 16:21-26  Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.  22  I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.  23  Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.  24  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.  25  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

TIMOTHEUS, LUCIUS, JASON, SOSIPATER

Romans 16:21  Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, (some say this is Luke) and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.

TIMOTHEUS

Acts 16:1  Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:

LUCIUS

Acts 13:1  Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

JASON

Acts 17:5  But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

SOSIPATER, GAIUS

Acts 20:4  And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

THREE AND FOUR

Romans 16:22-23  I Tertius [Three (name of an x-slave)], who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.  23  Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain [governor] of the city saluteth you, and Quartus [Four (name of an x-slave] a brother.

GAIUS

3 John 1:1  The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

TIMOTHEUS AND ERASTUS

Acts 19:22  So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.

GRACE WITH YOU ALL

Romans 16:24  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

MY GOSPEL, NOW MADE MANIFEST

Romans 16:25-26  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets,Ö

ONE, WAS TO BE DONE AWAY

2 Corinthians 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

TWO GLORIES

2 Corinthians 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

PAULíS GOSPEL VEILED

2 Corinthians 4:3  But if our gospel be hid [perfect passive, having been veiled], it is hid [perfect passive, having been veiled] to them that are lost: [present active, perishing]

VEIL REMOVED IN CHRIST

2 Corinthians 3:14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.

GENTILES LIVE BY FAITH, JEWS, BY SIGHT

Galatians 2:14  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

THE VEIL REMOVED

Acts 9:18  And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

PAUL, NOW IN CHRIST

Acts 8:37  And Philip said, If thou believest [present active] with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe [present active indicative] that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

PAUL PREACHED CHRIST AS GODíS SON

Acts 9:20  And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

PAUL PREACHED THE REVELATION

Galatians 1:11-12  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

REVEALED TO GENTILES

Ephesians 3:3-6  How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,  4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)  5  Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;  6  That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

GENTILES ORDAINED TO AGELASTING LIFE

Acts 13:48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord [God (the mysteries of the kingdom)]: and as many as were ordained [appointed] to eternal [agelasting] life believed. (Paulís gospel revealed to him)

THEY RECEIVED TO PAULíS GOSPEL

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5  Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.  5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; Ö

PAULíS GOSPEL CALLS TO OBTAIN GLORY

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14  13  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  14  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

PAULíS GOSPEL FOR THE BELIEVING

Romans 1:16-17  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth [present active participle]; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  17  For therein (Paulís gospel, the gospel of Christ) is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (it must be revealed)

TWO GOSPELS

Galatians 2:7  But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

THAT WE MIGHT BE JUSTIFIED

Galatians 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified [present passive] by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed (common salvation) in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified [aorist subjunctive] (after salvation) by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law (another gospel preached by the apostles): for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

LIVE BY FAITH

2 Corinthians 5:7  (For we walk [present active indicative] by faith (gospel of the uncircumcision), not by sight (gospel of the circumcision):)

PAULíS GOSPEL THE STANDARD

Romans 2:16  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

THE CURSED PERISH

Galatians 1:8-9  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

THE CURSED ARE BONDMEN, NOT KINGS

Joshua 9:23  Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.