miracle behind the myth

January 2015 (21)

Romans 16:1-16

1 I am commending to you now our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon of the church in Cenchrea, 2 so that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and provide her with whatever support she may need from you, because she has served as a patron of many, including me. 3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my coworkers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their own necks for my soul. It is not just me, but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. 5 Also greet the assembly who gathers in their house. Greet my beloved Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. 6 Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives and my fellow prisoners. They are well known among the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. 8 Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. 9 Greet Urbanus, our coworker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. 10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. 11 Greet Herodion, my relative. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. 12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, laborers in the Lord. Greet my beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother who was also a mother to me. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers with them. 15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the believers who are with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

miracle behind the myth

The myth is that Paul singlehandedly tamed the Gentile wilderness by bringing the gospel to every lost soul in the Roman empire. The miracle is even greater than the myth. This final chapter in Romans reveals that Paul encountered a host of coworkers, friends, patrons and church leaders now in Rome who at some point in time either supported his team or were a part of it. Some of these men and women were apostles (missionaries) like Paul, who were also laboring to bring the gospel to the unreached. Some were church leaders – like Phoebe, who was a deacon — (It is the same exact word, so if your theology cannot handle that, change your theology). Some were Paul’s relatives — how close we do not know. Others were just church members who at some point in time came in contact with Paul because they were doing what he is now famous for.

The LORD is doing that miracle now as well. Scores of souls are being brought into the coming sky kingdom, most not by superstars like Paul, but by people like those he mentions here.

LORD, make us part of your miracle – the multitude of unknowns who are making Jesus Christ known to the lost.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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