Summary: These are not little people because of their stature or insignificance
Jesus’ Love for Little People by Gerald Van Horn
These are not little people because of their stature or insignificance. I call them little because they often worked in the church and received little credit on earth for their efforts. They were people of blessing. They held churches together many times. All around the world you will find others doing the very same thing. We honor these so called little people.
Phebe. Romans 16:1-2 “I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you, for she hath been succor of many and of myself also.”
Phebe probably delivered the book of Romans to the church. She was a deaconess and was elected by virtue of her duties. Her duties were to attend to new female converts. She helped them get ready for water baptism. She also visited the sick and visited those in prison. She was a remarkable woman and served the early church as a great example to women every where. She proved that there were things women could do that men cannot do.
Pricilla and Aquila. Romans 16:3-5 “Greet Pricilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: who have for my sake laid down their own necks; unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house.
She was often mentioned with her husband Aquila. Her name was always mentioned first. She was a great leader and along with her husband they made tents. Paul probably lead them both to the Lord. Paul lived with them for a time. They were devoted to Paul and put their lives on the line for him. They had a church in their home. They ministered and taught in Gentile churches.
Epaenetus. Romans 16: 5 “Salute my well beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Asia unto Christ.”
I appears that Epaenetus was the first convert for Paul in Asia. Paul was his spiritual mentor. Paul had fond memories of him. Many others were led to the Lord by Epaenetus.
Mary. Romans 16:5 “Greet Mary, who bestowed much labor on us.”
What a great statement to say about someone - “much labor.” There was not a lazy bone in this lady’s body as she labored for Jesus. She perhaps, was the mother of John Mark. She sacrificed much for Paul.
Andronicus and Junias. Romans 16:7 “Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.”
These two were probably husband and wife. They were converted before Paul was and may have witnessed to Paul. They were in prison at the same time that Paul was. It appears that they were well known among the Apostles. They were also related to Paul in some way.
Ampliatus. Romans 16:8 “Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.”
We are not sure who this man is. We know that he was very dear to Paul. His name appears on a tomb in the catacombs.
Urbane. Romans 16:9 “Greet Urbanus, our helper in Christ.”
Urbane was a helper. Not only did he help Paul but he was instrumental in helping many in the church. Some believe that he was a lawyer.