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December 16, 2018

Romans 16:21-24

Romans 16:21-24: “Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord. Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

These verses were not written by Paul, but by his “amanuensis,” Tertius. Does this affect your confidence in the letter, knowing Paul did not write it out in his own hand? Why did the Lord allow people like Tertius to be involved in the recording of His Word? Do you know how many books in the bible were actually written by the person(s) in their titles? How do you respond to those who insist that this brings the reliability of the Scriptures into question? No matter how many were involved in the production and publication of these ancient texts, there is still only One Author: God. Paul was the writer of Romans, and Tertius was the recorder, but the Father inspired the words. This accounts for the overall unity of the Bible, and its diversity of genre, language, and style.

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