Week of April 28 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 16:8-16

Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. 10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. 11 Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. 12 Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. 15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.  

Reflect: What stands out to you about the people listed here? Where have you seen them mentioned elsewhere in scripture?

Consider: Nowhere else in Paul’s writings do we find such a lengthy list of personal greetings.39 Since Paul had not as yet visited the church at Rome, it is widely held that Romans 16 must have been intended for some other locality (probably Ephesus) and somehow got attached to this letter. But in a long and extensive ministry Paul undoubtedly had established a great number of personal friendships. In preparation for his visit to Rome it would be natural for him to stress his contacts with various believers there.[1]

Respond: Coming from Paul, what do you think it means to “work hard in the Lord”? Who do you know who exemplifies that mindset?

[1] Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 274.