Greeting the Saints at Rome. There are 35 names mentioned in Romans 16, addressing two different households and three churches meeting in homes. He includes “all the saints that are with them” so that no one is left out, but some are special to Paul as dear friends and exceptional workers. Paul acknowledges them because they have had an impact for good on him and his ministry. Perhaps we should do the same for those who have helped us.
03182018 Greeting the Saints at Rome
11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
— 1Cor. 12:11-18