“I, Tertius, who write this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus, the brother. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Romans 16:22-24)
As Paul aged, his eyes became dim, hence his ending of the letter, “See with my own hand how I sign this.” For this, perhaps, last letter to the church, he dictated while Tertius wrote. It is from Paul, but penned by a scribe. He adds his greeting to the church from those who were in the city, as well as from the church, reminding us that those in the body of Christ are interconnected, one with the other.
Lord, Help me understand that the faith is both a personal thing and a corporate thing and that You are knitting together Your body through all who believe. Guide me into true understanding of the church that I may be united and a part of the ‘one’ in fulfillment of Your prayer. Help me always to abide in Your never failing grace which sustains all who believe that I may be faithful to You and my neighbor.
Lord Jesus, You are and have accomplished all things according to the Father’s purpose. Help me live today in the purpose You have called me to live, knowing that You alone can guide us through the grace You have purchased to accomplish Your purpose. Help me remain faithful throughout this day, knowing that Your abundant grace is sufficient to guide me through every obstacle that may come. Amen.