Romans for Youth
Commentary by Pastor Ron
Romans Chapter 16
Verse 1. I commend to you our
sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at
probably the lady who carried this letter from Paul to the
Roman Christians. Cenchrea
was the port city next to the larger city of Corinth, in
Greece. She was a worker in the church there.
Verse 2. that you receive her in
the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help
her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she
herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as
Paul is saying to
the Romans Treat Phoebe
(verse 1) like you would treat
me! She is a good woman. Give her anything she needs. She
helped many people and she should be helped, too.
Like Phoebe, WE should help people.
Verse 3. Greet Prisca and Aquila,
my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
(Priscilla) and Aquila
were wife and husband and they were tent makers. Paul met
them in the city of Corinth (Acts 18:2). They taught a man
named Apollos (Acts 18:24-26) and they had a church in their
home when they lived in the city of Ephesus (1 Corinthians
Verse 4. who for my life risked
their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also
all the churches of the Gentiles;
and Aquila were good friends of Paul and they actually
risked their own lives for him.
Verse 5. also greet the church
that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is
the first convert to Christ from Asia.
and her husband, Aquila, had a church in their home when
they lived in Ephesus. When they moved to Rome, they again
had a church in their house. Epaenetus
was a member of that church in Rome, and he was loved by
Paul, who led him to the Lord.
Verse 6. Greet Mary, who has
worked hard for you.
There are several
women named Mary in the
Bible, and this one, who lived in Rome, was a hard worker
who helped other people.
Verse 7. Greet Andronicus and
Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are
outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ
and Junias were Jews like
Paul, and they had been in prison with him. They received
Christ as their Savior before Paul did, and he called them apostles
(sent ones of Christ).
Verse 8. Greet Ampliatus, my
beloved in the Lord.
was a Christian at Rome Paul especially loved him and said
in this letter to the Romans: Say Hi to him.
Verse 9. Greet Urbanus, our
fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
Paul was a hard
worker and to say Urbanus
was his fellow worker was
saying a lot. And Stachys
was his beloved Paul cared a lot for him.
Verse 10. Greet Apelles, the
approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of
The best thing in
life is to be approved by
Christ. Apelles was approved.
It is also wonderful to lead others to Jesus, and everyone
who lived in Aristobulus
house had come to the Lord.
Verse 11. Greet Herodion, my
kinsman. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are
in the Lord.
like Paul, was a Jewish Christian. All who lived in Narcissus
house (like Aristobolus in
verse 10) had trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ.l
Verse 12. Greet Tryphaena and
Tryphosa, workers in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who
has worked hard in the Lord.
Tryphosa and Persis
ALL had worked hard in service to the Lord. Persis was an
especially loving man.
Verse 13. Greet Rufus, a choice
man in the Lord, also his mother and mine.
Paul was saying
that Rufus was a choice man,
a good man who helped others. Rufus mother and Pauls
mother were in Rome, also.
Verse 14. Greet Asyncritus,
Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with
them. Verse 15. Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and
his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with
Paul was saying
Hello to other Christians who lived in Rome. For the most
part we know little about them, but God knows them, just as
He knows you. If you ever feel lonely, just remember that
God is with you and He knows who you are.
Verse 16. Greet one another with
a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
shake hands when they meet, others hug, and at that time,
Christians would kiss one another on the sides of their
faces when they met.
Verse 17. Now I urge you,
brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and
hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and
turn away from them.
We all know people
who argue a lot and upset others. Stay away from them!
Verse 18. For such men are
slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites;
and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the
hearts of the unsuspecting.
People who argue a
lot (verse 17) are not following the Lord Jesus Christ, who
wants us to love one another. Such people argue just
because they want to. But people like that can trick others
into following them. Dont be fooled by them!
Verse 19. For the report of your
obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over
you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent
in what is evil.
if you are a good
person, others will hear about you. Paul had heard about
the Christians at Rome and hearing about them made him
happy. We are supposed to know what is good, and not even
HEAR about the bad.
Verse 20. The God of peace will
soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord
Jesus be with you.
There is an enemy
of God called Satan, and
he is our enemy, too, but he will be defeated. God will
watch over you and keep you safe, when you trust in Jesus
Christ. Grace is a gift
we dont deserve, but we get it anyway. Jesus is our Gift.
Verse 21. Timothy my fellow
worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason
and Sosipater, my kinsmen.
was a younger man who traveled with Paul the Apostle and
helped him. Lucius was a
Christian from Cyrene (Acts 13:1). Sosipater
(Sopater) traveled with Paul (Acts 20:4). Lucius
and Jason were Jewish
Christians and so was Sosipater.
Verse 22. I, Tertius, who write
this letter, greet you in the Lord.
was Pauls secretary. Paul told Tertius
what to write, and he also let the man put his own name into
this place, near the end of the letter to Rome.
Verse 23. Gaius, host to me and
to the whole church, greets you Erastus, the city treasurer
greets you, and Quartus, the brother.
was an official in the City of Corinth, in Greece. Gaius
gave Paul a place to live, and he held church services in
Gaius house. Quartus was
the brother in other
words, Paul KNEW this man trusted in the Lord.
Verse 24. The grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
is something done for us that we did not deserve. Jesus
gave us Gods grace by dying on the Cross to make us right
with God. We did not earn it, but He did it. Amen
is a Hebrew word that means It
Verse 25. Now to Him who is able
to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of
Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery
which has been kept secret
for long ages past,
God can keep you
safe through the gospel (good news) about Jesus Christ, who
reveals (shows us) things, wonderful things that others do
not understand. He will help you.
Verse 26. but now is manifested,
and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the
commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all
the nations, leading to obedience of faith;
The Old Testament
part of the Bible had a lot to say about Jesus Christ, but
people have not understood. The good news about Him has now
been heard all over the world, and many DO understand. The
Bible helps us to have faith in God.
Verse 27. to the only wise God,
through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
Only God is truly
wise, and if we need wisdom (we all do), we must go to Him
through Jesus Christ. God is wonderful and His glory lasts
forever. We last forever with Him, when we trust in
Jesus. Amen (It is so).
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries