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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Romans Chapter 16  

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (57 AD)
Overview: How to Behave (c 12-16)
Theme: Paul's Personal Notes (c 15-16)
Message: Paul's Instructions  (v 1-27)

Romans 16 Commentary

(16:1-16) Paul Greets His Friends - Rome was the capital of the empire. As Jerusalem was the center of Jewish life, Rome was the world’s political, religious, social, and economic center. As Paul preached in the eastern part of the empire, he went first to the key cities—Jerusalem, Antioch in Syria, Philippi, Corinth, Athens, Ephesus. Along the way he met many believers who eventually ended up in Rome. The fact that Paul knew the whereabouts of so many of his friends and coworkers gives us a glimpse into the interest this great missionary had in the people to whom he ministered and who ministered to him. This final chapter reveals a treasury of friends Paul expected to see in Rome.

(16:17-27) Paul's Final Instructions - Jesus had told the disciples that false teachers would come (Matthew 24:11; Mark 13:22-23). Just as false prophets had contradicted the true prophets in Old Testament times (for example, see Jeremiah 23:16-40; 28:1-17), telling people only what they wanted to hear, so false teachers were twisting Christ’s teachings and the words of his apostles. These teachers were belittling the significance of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Some claimed that Jesus couldn’t be God; others claimed that he couldn’t have been a real man. These teachers allowed and even encouraged all kinds of wrong and immoral acts, especially sexual sin. This was a problem throughout the early church and Paul often warned the churches about it.

David Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Romans with Chapter 16 and in our text we see Paul greet his friends and give final instructions to greet and support the true missionaries but be aware of the false prophets that are smooth talkers looking to fill their own pockets. In making application today we have the same situation. We have true missionaries doing the work of our Lord and other false prophets who look to take advantage of others for personal gain. The key is knowing the scriptures so we will not be deceived. How about you? Do you read you Bible as to not be deceived? Let us learn from our text today and the wisdom and instruction of Paul to focused on supporting and promoting the true Gospel that we find here in the Bible and not to be deceived by those who would line their pockets by their smooth speech and false doctrine. 


Romans 16

Romans 16

 1I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

 2That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

 3Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

 4Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

 5Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

 6Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.

 7Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

 8Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.

 9Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.

 10Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' household.

 11Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.

 12Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.

 13Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

 14Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.

 15Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.

 16Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

 17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

 18For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

 19For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

 20And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

 21Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.

 22I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.

 23Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.

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

 25Now 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,

 26But 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:

 27To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.