Paul coveys final greetings and let’s the church know of his intention to see them soon. In addition, he encourages them to honor and recognize other Christian workers who are passing through. His instructions for having a benevolence offering ready when he comes still inform our offerings today: thoughtfully prepared and offered on the first day of the week (16:2).
Paul apparently dictated his letters, but frequently wrote out the ending himself (16:21). His final words call for the enemies of Christ to be accursed, but the church to be blessed by God’s grace and Jesus’ return (16:22-23). However, there are two very important lines in the farewell that could be “life” verses for many of us:
“Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong. Everything you do should be done in love.” (16:13-14)