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Paul's Warnings for the Church at Rome

Romans 16:17-20


17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 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. 19 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. 20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. NKJV


NASU (17) Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. {18} For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. {19} For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good, and innocent in what is evil. {20} And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. NAS


Intro:


1.       A Warning Concerning . . Divisions.

2.       A Warning Concerning . .Doctrine.

3.       A Warning Concerning . .Deceivers.

4.       A Warning Concerning . .Discernment.

5.       A Warning Concerning . .The Devil.



 

1.       A Warning Concerning . . Divisions.          v 17 a

           17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

 

A.       Urging Through . . Note.

           17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses,. . .”

 

B.       Urging Through . . Notation.

“. . . contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.


Divisions Slit in Two

           Strong's # 1370 dichostsis (dee-khos-tas-ee'-ah); froma derivative of 1364 and

           4714; disunion, i.e. (figuratively) dissension:KJV-- division, sedition. (DIC)


           Strong's # 1364 dis (dece); adverb from 1417; twice: KJV-- again, twice.***.

           Dis. See 2203. (DIC)


1 Co 3:3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? NKJV


Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, NKJV


Illustration:

Calvin, who saw that the Devil’s chief device was disunity and division and who preached that there should be friendly fellowship for all ministers of Christ, made a similar point in a letter to a trusted colleague: “Among Christians there ought to be so great a dislike of schism, as that they may always avoid it so fast as lies in their power. That there ought to prevail among them such a reverence for the ministry of the word and the sacraments that wherever they perceive these things to be, there they must consider the church to exist...nor need it be of any hindrance that some points of doctrine are not quite so pure, seeing that there is scarcely any church which has not retained some remnants of former ignorance.” The Body, Charles W. Colson, 1992, Word Publishing, pp. 107-108


Application:


A Warning Concerning . . Divisions.          




2.       A Warning Concerning . . Doctrine.


17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

 

           v 17    The word doctrine 34 Times in NKJV.


Strong's # 1322 didache (did-akh-ay'); from 1321; instruction (the act or the matter): KJV-- doctrine, hath been taught. (DIC)


Strong's # 1321 didasko (did-as'-ko); a prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb dao (to learn); to teach

 

Illustration: Young Pastor Bate

“You’re just out of date,” said young pastor Bate

To one of our faithful old preachers

Who had carried for years in travail and tears

The gospel to poor sinful creatures.


“You still preach on Hades, and shock cultured ladies

“With your barbarous doctrine of blood!

“You’re so far behind you will never catch up—

“You’re a flat tire stuck in the mud!”


For some little while, a bit of a smile

Enlightened the old preacher’s face.

Being made the butt of ridicule’s smut

Did not ruffle his sweetness and grace.


Then he returned to young Bate, so suave and sedate.

“Catch up, did my ears hear you say'

“Why, I couldn’t succeed if I doubled my speed,

“My friend, I’m not even going your way!”


Application:


A Warning Concerning . . Doctrine.




3.       A Warning Concerning . . Deceivers. 16:18

18 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.


DECEIVE v 18

Strong's # 1818 exapatao (ex-ap-at-ah'-o); from 1537 and 538; to seduce wholly: KJV-- beguile, deceive. (DIC)

Strong's # 1537 ek (ek) or ex (ex); a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place,

Strong's # 538 apatao (ap-at-ah'-o); to cheat, delude: KJV-- deceive.


Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.


1 Cor 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. (KJV)


2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (KJV)


2 Thes 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;


SIMPLE v 18

Strong's # 172 akakos (ak'-ak-os); from 1 (a negative particle) and 2556;


Strong's # 2556 kakos (kak-os'); worthless KJV-- bad, evil, harm, ill,


Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (KJV)

 

Illustration:            Fake Injury

F. E. Smith was a capable lawyer with a quick wit who served as the British attorney general from 1915 until 1919. On one occasion he cross-examined a young man claiming damages for an arm injury caused by the negligence of a bus driver. “Will you please show us how high you can lift your arm now?” asked Smith. The young man gingerly raised his arm to shoulder level, his face distorted with pain.


“Thank you,” said Smith. “And now, could you show us how high you could lift it before the accident?” The young man eagerly shot his arm up above his head.

 

He lost the case.       Today in the Word, July 1995, p. 27


Application

Beware Of Deceivers




4.       A Warning Concerning . .Discernment.     16:19

19 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.

 

A.        Discerning . . What Is Good. 16:19b


v 19 OBEDIENCE

Strong's # 5218 hupakoe (hoop-ak-o-ay'); from 5219; attentive hearkening, i.e. (by implication) compliance or submission: KJV-- obedience, (make) obedient, obey (-ing).


Strong's # 5219 hupakouo (hoop-ak-oo'-o); from 5259 and 191; to hear under (as a subordinate), i.e. to listen attentively; by implication, to heed or conform to a command or authority: KJV-- hearken, be obedient to, obey. (DIC)


 

B.        Discerning . . What Is Evil. 16:19b


SIMPLE v 19

Strong's # 185 akeraios (ak-er'-ah-yos); from 1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of 2767; unmixed, i.e. (figuratively) innocent: KJV-- harmless, simple. (DIC)


Strong's # 2767 kerannumi (ker-an'-noo-mee); a prolonged form of a more primary kerao (ker-ah'-o) (which is used in certain tenses); to mingle, i.e. (by implication) to pour out (for drinking): KJV-- fill, pour out .Compare 3396. (DIC)


Matt 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (KJV)


Phil 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (KJV)



Illustration: The Skill that Enables

Discernment in Scripture is the skill that enables us to differentiate. It is the ability to see issues clearly. We desperately need to cultivate this spiritual skill that will enable us to know right from wrong. We must be prepared to distinguish light from darkness, truth from error, best from better, righteousness from unrighteousness, purity from defilement, and principles from pragmatics.

Fan The Flame, J. Stowell, Moody, 1986, p. 44


Application:


A Warning Concerning . .Discernment.




5.       A Warning Concerning . .The Devil. 16:20

           20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord

            Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

 

           A.       Satan Is . . Defeated. 16:20b

           20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.

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


BRUISE v 20

Strong's # 4937 suntribo (soon-tree'-bo); from 4862 and the base of 5147; to crush completely, i.e. to shatter (literally or figuratively): KJV-- break (in pieces), broken to shivers (+-hearted), bruise. (DIC)


Strong's # 4862 sun (soon); a primary preposition denoting union; with


Strong's # 5147 tribos (tree'-bos); from tribo (to "rub"; akin to teiro, truo, and the base of 5131, 5134); a rut or worn track: KJV-- path.


v 20 SATAN

Strong's # 4567 Satanas (sat-an-as'); of Aramaic origin corresponding to 4566 (with the definite affix); the accuser, i.e. the devil: KJV-- Satan. (DIC)


Strong's # 4566 Satan (sat-an'); of Hebrew origin [7854]; Satan, i.e. the devil: KJV-- Satan. Compare 4567. (DIC)


 

           B.       Christians Are . . Defended By Peace and Grace. 16:20a and c

           20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord

            Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.



Illustration: No Teeth

Writing in Moody Monthly, Carl Armerding recounted his experience of watching a wildcat in a zoo. “As I stood there,” he said, “an attendant entered the cage through a door on the opposite side. He had nothing in his hands but a broom. Carefully closing the door, he proceeded to sweep the floor of the cage.” He observed that the worker had no weapon to ward off an attack by the beast. In fact, when he got to the corner of the cage where the wildcat was lying, he poked the animal with the broom. The wildcat hissed at him and then lay down in another corner of the enclosure. Armerding remarked to the attendant, “You certainly are a brave man.” “No, I ain’t brave,” he replied as he continued to sweep. “Well, then that cat must be tame.” “No,” came the reply, “he ain’t tame.” “If you aren’t brave and the wildcat isn’t tame, then I can’t understand why he doesn’t attack you.” Armerding said the man chuckled, then replied with an air of confidence, “Mister, he’s old—and he ain’t got no teeth.” Moody Monthly


Application:

1.A Warning Concerning . . Divisions.

                        2.         A Warning Concerning . .Doctrine. 

                                    3.         A Warning Concerning . .Deceivers.

                                                4.         A Warning Concerning . .Discernment.

                                                            5.         A Warning Concerning . .The Devil.