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. This is a duty which is frequently enjoined in the Scriptures, Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby many have entertained angels unawares;” 1 Peter 4:9, “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” Paul makes this especially the duty of a Christian bishop; 1 Timothy 3:2, “A bishop then must
be given to hospitality;” Titus 1:8. Romans 12:13. They are called saints as being holy ( ἁγιοι hagioi), or consecrated to God. We are here directed not only to practice hospitality, but, according to the import of the original, to follow or pursue it. Romans 12:10, KJV: "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;" This does not mean, as it is generally now applied, social intercourse and conviviality among neighbors, but it means the receiving and entertaining of strangers at a distance from their own habitations. Romans 12:9-21 EXEGESIS: ROMANS 12. Communicating ... refers to the giving of money or supplies and is the constant duty of every Christian, the first priority in such sharing of God's gracious gifts going to Christians, rather than to the world generally; and even the Christian's claim upon the generosity of his fellows being resident in his "necessities," and not merely in his desires and wants. Romans 12:13 Context. A. Romans 8:13 is surrounded by definitions put there to help us understand. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. One of the most common debates among Christians centers on the topics known as Calvinism and Arminianism. This is not according to the precept before us; Distributing to the necessities of the saints, and given to hospitality. They were in fact so ready in discharging this duty, that the very pagan admired them for it. (Some manuscripts present a curious variation in this clause, substituting for ‘necessities’ a word which refers to the days consecrated to the commemoration of martyrs; apparently an intentional corruption of the text.) This is more than "entertaining, open house or paying someone back". A very necessary virtue in ancient times, when houses of public accommodation were exceedingly scarce. Apple YouTube Email. Commonly Misused Bible Verse #8: Romans 9:13. (1) They are our brethren; they are of the same family; they are attached to the same Lord; and to do good to them is to evince love to Christ, Matthew 25:40; Mark 9:41. Subscribe. This site is a proud member of the Salem Web Network, a subsidiary of Given to hospitality - This expression means that they should readily and cheerfully entertain strangers. This term (koinoneo) is a present tense verb that first occurs here in the New Testament. In this case the construction may be the same as in the preceding verses, ‘as to the necessity of the saints, be communicative;' or, ‘give to the necessity of the saints.' They should show brotherly affection and honor to one another. What Does Romans 13:12 Mean? This command, of course, has reference to the poor. Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. One which renounces reclusive ways and opens itself toward people. Paul had raised a great collection for the poor saints in Jerusalem. See on partners, Luke 5:10; see on fellowship, Acts 2:42; see on 1 John 1:3; see on 2 John 1:11. 1. παιδεύων ἡμᾶς μὴ ἀναμένειν τοὺς δεομένους, ". (Witham). Just as Christians were pursued by those who hated the faith, so Christians are to pursue the quality of hospitality. Do good unto all men, but especially to them which are of the household of faith. They will place their hope on him.” 13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. It unites society, creates new bonds of interest and affection, to show kindness to the stranger and to the poor. A virtue highly important at that time, especially in the case of travelling, perhaps banished and persecuted, Christian brethren. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. This was particularly intended by our Saviour's instructions on the subject, Matthew 10:11-13, Matthew 10:40-42. The transitive meaning of κοινωνέω is by many denied, and is, at least, infrequent. Given to hospitality; accustomed to provide for needy travellers and strangers, especially such as are laboring or suffering for Christ. (Some manuscripts present a curious variation in this clause, substituting for ‘necessities’ a word which refers to the days consecrated to the … Being hospitable promotes harmony within the church, helps develop friendships, and allows brethren to encourage and help each other. If any plead for it as a proper distinction, it is sufficient to advert to the saying of Paul, We have no such custom, neither the churches of God, 1 Corinthians 11:16. They were persecuted and oppressed; they would be embarrassed in their business, perhaps thrown out of occupation by the opposition of their enemies; and it was therefore especially incumbent on their Brethren to aid them. Acts 9:13; Acts 26:10.) Calmer is also of opinion that the two minor epistles of John may be such letters of recommendation and communion; compare 2 John 1:10. Hebrews 13:3; 1 Peter 4:9.