Day 141: Greetings from Others Here

Romans 16:21-24

Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you, as do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my relatives. I, Tertius, who write the letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, my host and host of the whole assembly, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, as does Quartus, the brother. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all! Amen.

Before the letter was to take its long journey to Rome, a few more people wanted to make sure and send their greetings. Timothy was with Paul at that time. There are two other letters in the Bible written from Paul directly to Timothy. Paul also had relatives with him. When relatives believe in what you say, it is a good witness to others that you are telling the truth. Relatives usually know more about you than others.

Notice that Paul wasn’t the one writing the letter. Tertius takes the freedom of telling the Romans that he was writing the letter and that he wanted to greet them too. I am so thankful for eye-glasses. From the evidence we have, Paul’s vision wasn’t very good. He says in another letter that he had to use big letters when writing. So, Paul would dictate his letters to someone else who would write them down. Notice that the treasurer of the city where Paul was writing was also a believer.

Once again Paul reminds us about God’s grace has he says goodbye.