Paul’s Praise and Greetings
Verse 1 – I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea,
Verse 2 – that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.
Phoebe was known as a servant (the Greek word here translated is “deaconess”) and a helper. Apparently she was a wealthy woman who helped support Paul’s ministry. She was highly regarded in the church and may have been the one who delivered this letter to Rome from Corinth. (Cenchrea was about six miles from Corinth.
Verse 3 – Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ,
Verse 4 – who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
Priscilla and Aquila were a married couple who had become close friends with Paul. They, along with other Jews had been expelled from Rome by the emperor (Acts 18:2, 3) and moved to Corinth.
Verse 5 – Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ.
verse 6 – Greet Mary, who labored much for us.
Verse 7 – Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
Verse 8 – Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord.
Verse 9 – Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved.
Verse 10 – Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.
Verse 11 – Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
Verse 12 – Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord.
These names “who labored” are in the feminine gender, and they were probably holy women, who ministered to the sick, who performed the function of deaconess.
Verse 13 – Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.
Rufus’ mother literally and Paul’s figuratively.
Verse 14 – Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them.
Verse 15 – Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
Verse 16 – Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.
Verse 17 – Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
Verse 18 – For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
There are preachers, still today, who are only after their own lusts and private interests. They will deceive the ones who don’t know Scripture. Avoid them.
Verse 19 – For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.
Verse 20 – And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Verse 21 – Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, greet you.
Verse 22 – I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord.
(Wrote Romans as dictated by Paul.)
Verse 23 – Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother.
Verse 24 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Verse 25 – Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began
Verse 26 – but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scripture has been made know to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith –
Verse 27 – to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
My question is this: Why do we not hear Paul’s teaching from the Book of Romans, preached a lot more in the church today? I think because we have too many leaders in churches today who think it is too narrow of a teaching. Well, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is narrow, but wants to include everyone that is willing to believe. Matthew 7:13, 14 – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” (go into destruction, that is.) (Verse 14) “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”