Recently, I did an in depth study on the Book of Romans. When I got to the last chapter I was fascinated with all the names that Paul mentions in his writing. My usual response would be to just skim over these, but I pondered with the thought that if it was in the Bible there must be more revelation I needed to know than just peoples' names, so I did some research. I hope the following information will be useful and enlightening to your understanding of this chapter:
Phebe: radiant light, light of the Father
Cenchrea: grain (millet) which was used by the poor. "Blessed are those poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5:3)
Priscilla: Paul mentions the woman first to give honor to women
Achaia: the territory of Asia
Andronicus: man of victory. He was in ministry before Paul was chosen by God.
Amplias: large, enlarged or expounded
Urbane: courteous and polite
Stachys: head of grain or the word
Apelles: called by God, approved in Christ
Aristobulus: the best counselor, Jesus Christ was his counselor
Herodion: hero, son of Juno a Greek god, idolatry (in the Lord)
Narcissus: stupidity (in the Lord)
Tryphosa: shining as a light coming from within
Persis: one that cuts and divides
Rufus: red man, Adam, carnal man
Asyncritus: not comparable. Can be positive or negative
Phlegon: burning or change, transforming
Hermas: mercury, a Greek god
Patrobas: has the Father's life
Hermes: messenger for God
Philologus: Lover of the Word of god
Julia: soft hair, gentle
Nereus: newly till land. Still have a lot of rocks (baggage)
Timothy: dear to God
Lucius: the illuminator of Light
Jason: one who will heal
Sosipater: father, savior
Gaius: Lord, which is my heart
Erastius: beloved chamberlain steward
The following words are part of this chapter:
Salute: To spend quality time in fellowship to get to know one another. Not just saying "hi" or a handshake.
Faithful: Full of faith
Holy Kiss: greet with your lips to their cheek
In verse 24, Paul declares the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all (in the midst of you).
In Verse 25, Paul sees the gospel of Jesus Christ as his gospel because Jesus is the older brother of the same family that Paul is declaring he is a part of.
In verse 26, Paul says that the secret in verse 25 is NOW made manifest, that we belong to the family of God, and that mystery has NOW been given to ALL.
I hope you will enjoy using this information to plug-in to this chapter. May the knowledge, wisdom and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be your heart and mind of understanding.