Epithets

The very last chapter of Romans contains a long list of people to whom the Apostle Paul wished to send greetings. It is interesting to read the little “descriptions” that he attaches to the names of the people he was greeting:

In verse 2 he called Phoebe “a helper.”

In verse 3 he described Prisca and Aquila as “fellow workers.”

He continues to greet folks through :16, and uses a number of terms to describe them, including:

“worked hard” (:6)

“outstanding among the apostles” (:7)

“beloved” (:8)

“the approved” (:10)

“a choice man” (:13)

It should cause a person to consider: if Paul were writing to YOU, in light of your work for the Kingdom, what kind of epithet do you think he would give you?

Even more importantly, how do you think your Lord would describe your service for Him?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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