Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Holy Angels and saints in Christ. Here are the women who were included in Paul’s Hall of Fame:
A. Romans 16:

* Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea (Rom 16: 1).

* Priscilla … (and Aquila) my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks (Rom 16:4)

* Mary, who bestowed much labour on us (Rom 16: 6)

* Junia, (my kinswoman), and my fellowprisoner,… of note among the apostles, who (was) also were in Christ before me (Rom 16: 7).

* Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord (Rom 16: 12).

* Beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord (Rom 16: 12).

* Rufus’ and Paul’s mother (Rom 16:13).

* Julia and Nereus’ sister (Rom 16: 15)

* The unnamed to us, (but known to the saints, bishops and deacons of the churches of Phillipi)- “those women which laboured with me in the gospel” (Phil 4: 2).

CRITERIA FOR THEIR SELECTION

1. They labored in the ministry with Paul. He singled them out because they were servants of the church, his helpers in Christ, bestowing much labor on him, laboring in the Lord and with him in the gospel.

2. These women were described as laborers and I believe, by virtue of the descriptive words (related to work) that Paul used to describe their ministry, that they played prominent leadership roles in the early church. He had reminded Timothy that “… the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” (“1 Tim 5: 17,18). The NIV’s translation says that “the elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. He had also reinforced this teaching in his letter to the Thessalonians, instructing them that they should “know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake” (1 Thes 5: 12, 13).
Paul followed through on his instruction to esteem those who labored among them in preaching, teaching and administration by singling out the outstanding saints. Women were among the number. Blessings until!

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