In these closing words the Apostle Paul gives parting instructions to the Church in order that they may thrive in the things of the Lord...love for the brethren, read the Word and fulfill your ministry. These are timeless instructions for the Lord's Church.
As we approach the end of our journey with Paul in Romans, we find he addresses many people he does not even know, and so we must glean as to why, and perhaps what these names mean and how we as Christians should treat our fellow brethren, both in the world and in our fellowship.
We hear the Prophet speak to the death of the righteous, without the world, especially those of us who are so-called Christians who are blind to the goings on in the world as they were during the times of Noah. There are some that will increase in knowledge as we fight this fight in the last days, but there are those that will rest in the graves and be killed as their graves brethren were, till He vindicates His people and carries out the Day of The Lord on earth.
In this passage we see that Sovereign God has appointed our afflictions for the good of his people. Let that be a comfort to your hearts brethren. Our Sovereign God sent Hagar back to Sarah knowing that she carried a persecutor in her womb. Ishmael pictures dead and false religion that persecutes the Church who declares the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ faithfully. Additionally, we are blessed in our tribulations, which minister good to the people of God by the wisdom and power of God. Trust your Lord, for these are appointed afflictions for our good.
We learn About Jesus by noting the types found in the life of Joseph and in this devotional we building upon the love of His Father for Him above all others and the rejection He faced by His own brethren.
Also Reference: Luke 9:35, John 1:13, John 1:11, Isaiah 53:3. Genesis 37:8, John 7:4-5, Matthew 10:24
1 Peter 4:7-8
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."
One of the issues we have as depraved, sinful people
is we put certain others in groups, categories based on
their race, intelligence, socio-economic status and fail
to recognize that God has no such partiality.
Referencing Deuteronomy 10:17-18 and other scriptures,
Kevin Pulliam states our obligation to be like God,
imitating Christ's love, meeting other's needs insofar as
it is in our power to do so.