Romans 16:2 May Her Tribe Increase

Romans 16:2 (KJV)
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.

The word succour means, “to assist or aid someone in times of hardship”. The example given in the dictionary I used was such as a prisoner of war. It’s a fitting example given that Paul was exactly that.

What a testimony and reputation belongs to Phebe. Imagine the saints in her day suffering hardships for their faith.

  • Some had lost everything
  • Some had been in prison
  • Some had become estranged from family

There was nowhere really they could go and find peace.

  • The Jews hated them because they divided from the Synagogue
  • The pagans hated them because they turned people away from their idols
  • The Romans hated them because they viewed them as troublemakers and insurrectionists

Besides, their faith would not allow them to be quiet about it. Everywhere they went they told everyone they could about salvation through Jesus Christ.

Enter Phebe. She is one of them. Equally hated. Equally suffering. But Phebe has this testimony; “she hath been a succourer of many “. No doubt she has needed aid and assistance but that is not what she is known for. Her testimony is that she comes to the aid of those in need.

May God grant it that her tribe increases.


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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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