Rom 16:1– I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea.
Insight and Highlight
Rev 3:8– I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
God commends and appreciates good services so did Paul also commended the services of no less than twenty-seven brethren from Phebe to Olympas, Rom 16:1-15, and an additional six salutations starting from Timotheus to Quartus, Rom 16:21-23.
Tertius, (a Bishop and Paul's secretary) added his salutatory greeting in Rom 16:22, making a total of seven salutatorians.
Diligent services please God and there are rewards.
As much as Paul encouraged them, he warned them of the possibility of the emergence of any distraction that might rob them of finishing strong: Rom 16:17 – Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Paul did not leave them with just commendations but also with warnings against what might rob them of their commendable services.
This Paul said, Rom 16:19-20 – For your obedience comes abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with you. Amen.
God knows our abilities (see the parable of the talents, Matt 25: 14-30). He accordingly will reward everyone commensurate to the works of our hands, Matt 25:29, Rev 22:12.
Keep your reward records open, do not faint.
Revelation 3:11– Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
The Christian clarion duty
God sees your services. Continue and remain commendable, be strong and strengthened to the end.
Rom 16: 24– The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.