The following is the thirty-seventh and final weekâ€™s lesson.Â Â Paul greeted many people in the congregation at Rome. Many were fellow workers or people who had helped and supported him in various ways in his mission work. Paul concluded his letter, encouraging the Roman Christians to keep away from those who distort the truth. He commended them to God, who is able to keep them strong in the gospel and faithful to Jesus Christ.
1 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2Â that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.
3Â Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4Â who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5Â Likewise greet the church that is in their house.
Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ. 6Â Greet Mary, who labored much for us. 7Â Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
8Â Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. 9Â Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved. 10Â Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. 11Â Greet Herodion, my countryman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12Â Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord. 13Â Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. 14Â Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them. 15Â Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
16Â Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.
17Â Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18Â For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. 19Â For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. 20Â And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
21Â Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my countrymen, greet you.
22Â I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord.
23Â Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother. 24Â The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
25Â Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26Â but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faithâ€”27Â to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. Â (NKJV)