“It is a great thing to go down to history as the man with the open house or as the man with the brotherly heart. Someday people will sum us up in one sentence. What will that sentence be?” (William Barclay, The Letter to the Romans, Westminster, rev. ed., p. 220)
While the audience’s condition determines what the preacher will teach, the audience does not get to choose what they will hear
Gaius of Derbe, a city in the Roman province of Galatia in Asia Minor, in the region of Lycaonia, is named as one of Paul’s seven traveling companions who waited for him at Troas
God’s record of the righteous began long before the New Testament was written. It is a book open enough for the righteous to know whether their names are written in it
Erastus of Paneas was a steward in Corinth; (oikonomos), a political office of high status. It is defined as “the manager of household affairs, or, in this context, treasurer.”
We can conclude that whatever God wants from us, whatever He asks us to give, whatever He commands us to do, it is not about Him; it is for us and our best interest.
Tertius of Iconium (also Tertios) acted as an amanuensis (a literary assistant, one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts) for Paul the Apostle, wrote down his epistle to the Romans
While our bodies live in this world, and therefore we must interact with the world, we do so conformed to the image of Christ and not the world.