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[Inner Wheels] > Romans 12 - Lamed - The Pastoral Chapter

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Spoke 12

Romans 12 chain Titus

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Romans 12 (vss. 8f

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Titus 1:8 (Spoke 12, Cycle 3)

Three Epistles are known as Pastoral - 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus - because they were written by Paul to Pastors rather than Churches. These letters therefore are filled with admonitions and exhortations rather than doctrine which fills most of the books like Romans and Galations. It is therefore quite delightful to find Romans 12 filled with exhortations in perfect harmony with Spoke 12, and in particular, the Book of Titus (cf. Renew Your Mind and Teach and Exhort!). But this delight turns to awestruct wonder as we discover that the thematic unity also manifests in yet another KeyLink between Romans 12 and Titus! Searching for all verses containing "Hospitality" within three verses of "Love*" yields exactly two passages, both of which are quoted above. We have the KeyLink:

KeyLink: Have Brotherly Love and Hospitality!
Romans 12chainTitus

There is also an off-spoke KJV KeyLink between Romans 12 and the first Pastoral Letter (I Timothy) based on the phrase ("given to hospitality") [Verify] . This demonstrates the truly pastoral character of Romans 12, though is not perfectly aligned with the structure of the Wheel, there being a slight "diffraction" of two Cells in the link. This is an important example of how God does not hold to a rigid monotonous method, but rather weaves all his threads into a tapestry of insuperable depth and beauty to accomplish His own purposes according to the full counsel of His Will.

Below is the entirety of Romans 12. I thought to highlight every explicit exhortation in red bold, but then I realized I would simply be highlighting the entire chapter, since every single verse contains an explicit exhortation!

Romans 12

1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

3) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

4) For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

5) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

7) Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

8) Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

9) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10) Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

11) Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

12) Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

13) Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

14) Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

15) Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

16) Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

17) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.




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