- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Romans 16
The list of names in chapter 16 is the longest farewell in the New Testament. Twenty-nine individuals are mentioned, twenty-seven by name, of which one third are women.
Leadership roles to women, deacon, a servant (v 1), fellow-workers in Christ Jesus,3,6, 12) saints, (15) and one prominent among the apostles(v6), Apostle Paul’s secretary who wrote down the book of Romans.
There are Jewish, Greek and Latin names, the majority of which are slaves or freed-persons, although some are nobility. The list is a valuable cross-section of early Roman Christianity and evidence of unity within a remarkable diversity in the Roman church.
Apostle Paul appealed the unity of the church. “do away with those who divided the church, how are not serving the Lord but their own appetites with smooth talk and flattering words.
Apostle Paul revealed the mystery of God’s provision. Gospel was hidden for long ages past, now revealed and made known through prophets to all nations through Jesus Christ. His sense of calling from God was to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations, to teach them to obey God.
His majestic benediction encompasses the history of salvation, the major themes of Romans, and the missionary commission of the church that all nations might believe and obey the gospel.
Glory to God through Jesus Christ.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.