Some of them had most unfortunate names; but they were new in Jesus...so the horrible naming was no longer their legacy. They were in Christ Jesus. So, Stupidity was now Fool for Christ. I love the transformation Christ brings us with salvation.
How extraordinary that the first Asian-Christian ever is noted. Epaenetus. I know God is no respecter of persons; but being 2000 years on the other side of this, I am greatly encouraged that God would make mention of the very first Asian believer...especially given what hardship they face, what persecution they endure, what threats they know...and what utter darkness they have experienced for so long. But there was one, there was a beginning to the faith-response in Asia and it was taken down for us. Always in the details is where I find my God's handiwork.
Finally, Paul recognizes the saints. The Saints. The believers in Christ Jesus. Not some elite group of super holy, super sacrificing, super super workers in the Kingdom - but the rest of the followers of Christ. The Saints...folks like you and me. Just folks. But the word Paul uses refers to the most holy thing....believers who have the Holy Spirit...the most holy...the holy of holies. That's our description...the ones who give home to the most holy...and we are made holy. Interestingly enough, the word is derived from the most awful thing. And that to me is what the message of this text is. Jesus came and took the most awful things and made them holy...so we are now _________ of the Lord Jesus, _________ to God, etc. We have been redefined by God for He redesigned us in Him.
Name Meaning Paul's nomenclature
Aristobulus best councilor