On account of its usefulness. He is honoured by the increase of His subjects. That is all he says. Salute them that are of the household of Aristobulus. Because they were outstanding among the apostles, we can be sure that, like Paul, they were prisoners because of their faith." (Ibid). HOW A FORWARDNESS IN RELIGION MAY DISCOVER ITSELF. A true missionary never forgets his first convert, never forgets any convert, and, Paul did not forget Epaenetus, the first convert to Christ in Achaia.(D. They are simply identified as those who are of the household of Aristobulus, who himself is not identified. As an evidence of sincerity.2. Aspirations after greater eminence in religion.II. Stuart. Thus they animate their minister and raise his hopes of success. 1. THIS FORWARDNESS IS COMMENDABLE.1. Yet this grand statement of doctrine concludes with a personal greeting from the apostle to a host of people, 27 of whom are mentioned by name. God the Father uses this same word describing Jesus declaring that, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased (Mt 3:17), In fact the first 9 uses in the NT are of God the Father speaking of Christ, His beloved Son. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. He has never forgotten her and never will. ἀσπάσασθε τοὺς ἐκ τῶν Ναρκίσσου τοὺς ὄντας ἐν κυρίῳ. A zeal for great and essential things. (NASB: Lockman). Salute Persis the beloved, who labored much in the Lord. Lyth, D.D. Browse Sermons on Romans 16:5. The Christian congregations were therefore dependent upon the hospitality of prominent church members who furnished their homes for this purpose..” In Ephesus the house of Prisca and Aquila was a meeting place for the saints (1Cor 16:19) as it was here in Rome. Did not he take note of that person? 2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. And the ambassador said, "Exactly. By a like allusion the apostle calls the first converts in a particular place the firstfruits of that place unto Christ. ESV  Romans 16:12 Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. On account of its usefulness. THEY WERE HAPPILY UNITED IN ALL THEIR CONCERNS, AND ESPECIALLY IN THE GREAT CONCERNS OF RELIGION. We have no promise of success on any other condition. "Seek first the kingdom of God." Chalmers in his fascinating book on New Guinea gives us the name of the first female convert in New Guinea. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. Labours to promote it among others. NLT  Romans 16:10 Greet Apelles, a good man whom Christ approves. (2) This is the direction of the apostle. Read verse in New International Version When Paul calls his beloved Epaenetus the firstfruits, he intimates that a rich harvest followed. Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord (NASB: Lockman). The slothful, negligent Christian emboldens sinners in their transgressions, and confirms them in their stupidity.3. Epaenetus professed the religion of the gospel when all around him were in a different sentiment and practice. Stuart.Epaenetus was the first convert in Achaia, the richest of all the Greek provinces. Epaenetus enjoyed not your early advantages, but it seems probable that he accepted the first invitation to Christ. Unavoidable infirmities will be viewed with the comforting eye of pity, not with the insulting eye of disdain. The less service any one renders, the more useless he or she is in the world. In a passage that helps explain in Christ Paul wrote to the potentially prideful Corinthians that it was... by His (God's) doing you are in Christ Jesus, Who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption (1 Cor 1:30), These who were in Christ before Paul were at least potential targets of his venom described in, Saul still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord" (Acts 9:1), What a difference the gospel of Jesus Christ makes in one's before and after lifestyle! Early religion. NRS  Romans 16:6 Greet Mary, who has worked very hard among you. GNT  Romans 16:12 ἀσπάσασθε Τρύφαιναν καὶ Τρυφῶσαν τὰς κοπιώσας ἐν κυρίῳ. "Seek first the kingdom of God." How many happy and promising young lives have been blighted, how many hearts have been broken, by foolish companionships and too hasty intimacy! Unlimited Service. He gave to Christ the firstfruits, if not of life itself, yet of that part of life in which he was favoured with the heavenly call. "the church that is in their house"-this expression is also found in (1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2). NRS  Romans 16:8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. GREET TRYPHAENA and TRYPHOSA WORKERS IN THE LORD: aspasasthe (2PAAM) Truphainan kai Truphosan tas kopiosas (PAPFPA) en kurio: Workers - here a verb kopiao is used with the sense of a noun. Lathrop, D.D. Their peace of mind is endangered by cantankerous opposition. 4 They risked their lives for meNot only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. He gave to Christ the firstfruits, if not of life itself, yet of that part of life in which he was favoured with the heavenly call. Lathrop, D.D.The firstfruits under the law were an offering made to God of the first ripe fruits before the harvest was begun. Romans 16:5 Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home. In the Lord - In the sphere, the "atmosphere", the power, the will of the Lord. On account of its usefulness. Greek: aspasasthe (AAM) Marian, etis polla ekopiasen (3SAAI) eis humas. NIV  Romans 16:8 Greet Ampliatus, whom I love in the Lord. KJV  Romans 16:9 Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. THEY SHOWED IT. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Epaenetus professed the religion of the gospel when all around him were in a different sentiment and practice.4. If you were not saved as a child (a before/after change is often less apparent) but later in life (I was saved by mercy and grace through faith at age 39 - Praise the Lord! Labours to promote it among others. )A first convert rememberedD. In the NT, sunergos is used only of a co–worker or helper in the Christian work. The prominence of women’s names in this chapter emphasizes their wide sphere of influence in the early church. HOW A FORWARDNESS IN RELIGION MAY DISCOVER ITSELF. Holy Spirit as “down payment” 2Cor 1:22, 5:5; Ephesians 1:14-note), a foretaste of our divine life in the age to come. In —1. This work will surely bear fruit and it will remain at the Judgment Seat of Christ (see bema and 2Co 5:9-note, 2Co 5:10-note). Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord. There are many who are forward in little matters; zealous for or against opinions, forms, etc., but this is only forwardness in a party design. At the time of Paul’s conversion, most converts were still living in or near Jerusalem, where several of the Twelve were leaders in the church. We have no promise of success on any other condition. Chicago: Moody Press, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. We, then, who have the care of families, ought to make them Churches. AND STACHYS (an ear of corn) MY BELOVED: kai Stachun ton agapeton mou: (Ro 16:5 16:8 16:9 16:12). (2) Likewise the Holy Spirit is called first fruit in (see note Romans 8:23) (cf. Think of that! James tells us that God hath begotten us "that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures" (Revelation 14:4). IVP, MacArthur, J: Romans 9-16. NLT  Romans 16:8 Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. ἀσπάσασθε τοὺς ἐκ τῶν Ἀριστοβούλου. The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Spirit are called the firstfruits of the Spirit, as earnests of heavenly happiness. Print. Stuart.Epaenetus was the first convert in Achaia, the richest of all the Greek provinces. 3. By a faithful attendance on his ministry. As it is honourable to Christ, To Him belong the firstfruits of your lives. Early religion. This forward Christian doubtless assisted Paul greatly. Worked hard - The opposite of "hardly worked"! She was a helper in Christian work. 5 Likewise greet the Church that is in their house. Greater societies are formed from smaller; Churches grow out of families; and the spirit and complexion of the latter will be transfused through the former. By their conversation and example (Acts 18.). Greet those who belong to the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. ASV  Romans 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also have been in Christ before me. In the important concerns of religion, they will walk, as being heirs together of the grace of life. ); the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." Let us be encouraged to do likewise." GREET URBANUS OUR FELLOW WORKER IN CHRIST: aspasasthe (2PAAM) Ourbanon ton sunergon hemon en Christo: Fellow worker (4904) (sunergos [word study] from sun/syn = together with, speaks of an intimate relationship + érgon = work) means literally working together with and thus refers to a companion in work, a colleague, a co-laborer, a fellow laborer or fellow helper. GREET HERODION, MY KINSMAN: aspasasthe (2PAAM) Erodiona ton suggene mou: Paul’s physical kinsman and therefore a Jew. There are many young women whose lives are absolutely wasted, who are utterly wretched and miserable, for want of something to do. Scripture: Romans 16:17–20. Employers are beginning to find out that God-fearing men and God-fearing women are not the worst servants. If you have not seen a radical change in your lifestyle (your desires, you hunger for the Word, your distaste for the old sins you used to love so much, etc), then you need to be sure that your walking the aisle, holding up your hand in an evangelistic service, etc, was not just a mere profession and your lack of a significant "about face" in your lifestyle or habits is a manifestation of the possibility that you do not have possession of the Christ (note "in Christ") and His indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9-note) Who gives you the "want to" to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Php 2:12; 13-see notes Php 2:12; 13). Mary "the toiler" worked like a Trojan for the saints. In the context of the New Testament agape love speaks of God’s divine and infinite love, a love that seeks the ultimate spiritual welfare of the one loved. Romans 16:5. "Seek first the kingdom of God." Here was the first convert that Paul won to Christ in the province of Asia, where the city of Ephesus is located, and he never forgot him because he was the first fruit of Asia for Christ. Strive to enter in at the straight gate. Epaenetus professed the religion of the gospel when all around him were in a different sentiment and practice.4. In classical literature aspazomai can also be used of physical expressions of welcome, such as “embrace” and “kiss.”. Let no member of the Church absent himself from a stormy meeting lest his own tranquility be disturbed. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia. Agapetos is used only of Christians as united with God or with each other in love. In —1. 2. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. Which describes you? Their character is assailed by venomous slander. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. A man’s reward from God is proportional to the excellence of his ministry and the effort he puts into it. Greek: aspasasthe (AAM) Truphainan kai Truphosan tas kopiosas (PAPFPA) en kurio. Did not he take note of that person? The casual knowledge obtained of any one at an evening party or a pleasure excursion is no basis on which to form an engagement on which depends the happiness of a lifetime. Aspirations after greater eminence in religion.II. Under the Law Israel was to bring the first fruits of the grain to the LORD and in this act they were acknowledging that all produce was God's. BGT  Romans 16:5 καὶ τὴν κατ᾽ οἶκον αὐτῶν ἐκκλησίαν. II. Salute them of the household of Narcissus, that are in the Lord. This is what we all desire to hear from our Lord "Well done, my good and faithful servant" (Mt 25:21, 23, Lk 19:17). 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