R O M A N S.
Paul is now concluding this long and excellent
epistle, and he does it with a great deal of affection. As in the
main body of the epistle he appears to have been a very knowing
man, so in these appurtenances of it he appears to have been a very
loving man. So much knowledge and so much love are a very rare, but
(where they exist) a very excellent and amiable—composition; for
what is heaven but knowledge and love made perfect? It is
observable how often Paul speaks as if he were concluding, and yet
takes fresh hold again. One would have thought that solemn
benediction which closed the foregoing chapter should have ended
the epistle; and yet here he begins again, and in this chapter he
repeats the blessing (ver.
20), "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
Amen." And yet he has something more to say; nay, again he repeats
the blessing (ver. 24), and
yet has not done; an expression of his tender love. These repeated
benedictions, which stand for valedictions, speak Paul loth to
part. Now, in this closing chapter, we may observe, I. His
recommendation of one friend to the Roman Christians, and his
particular salutation of several among them, ver. 1-16. II. A caution to take heed of
those who caused divisions, ver.
17-20. III. Salutations added from some who were with
Paul, ver. 21-24. IV. He
concludes with a solemn celebration of the glory of God, ver. 25-27.