“That ye 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 a succourer of many, and of myself also.”
She was a sister in the faith both to Paul and the church.
“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:”
Although she was from the area of Corinth, she journeyed to Rome.
She was a servant.
She was willing to serve anywhere and by anything.
So much so, that the Apostle Paul pleads with the church at Rome to receive her and assist her in anything she needed.
She was a succourer.
She not only cared for the needs of others, but also aided them with her own resources.
This word, succourer, is only used in reference to Phebe.
Nowhere else is the term mentioned within the Scriptures.
What a special commendation for such a faithful helper.
She cared for many, but Paul specifically mentions that she cared for him.
Thus the reason that he saw fit to include in his letter to the Romans that they help her as she had helped him and so many others.
Phebe serves as an example that our labour is not in vain when we serve the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
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