Personal greetings (chapter 16)

Paul then issued a series of personal greetings to the people in Rome.  He sent his greetings to Prisca and Aquila, Epaenetus, Mary, Andronicus, Junias, Ampliatus, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, Aristobulus, Herodion, Narcissus, Tryphaena, Tryphosa, Persis, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, Philologus, Julia, Nereus, Olympas, and all the believing saintly brothers and sisters.  They were to greet one another with a holy kiss.  One-third of the twenty-one Christians identified in these greetings were women, but there was no mention of Peter.  Do you personally greet people?

Plans for the future (chapter 15)

Paul said that he had been hindered from going to Rome.  He said that his work was done in Greece.  He wanted to stop in Rome on his way to Spain.  However, now he was going to Jerusalem.  Macedonia and Achaia were providing the resources, as the gentile Christians were returning the favor to the Jewish Christians.  When he finished his trip to Jerusalem, he was going to go to Spain.  Have you ever been hindered from going someplace?

Paul’s reason for writing this letter (chapter 15)

Paul was the apostle to the gentiles.  He was full of confidence because God gave him the grace to be a minister to the gentiles.  He was proud of what Christ had accomplished through him.  Paul had preached the gospel.  He was not going to build on someone else’s foundation.  He cited Isaiah, the suffering servant.  Are you full of confidence?