In the last paragraph of Romans, Paul says, “Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.” Paul was writing this letter while in Corinth which was one of the largest and most important cities in Greece at the time – perhaps analogous to today’s New York or London. While this verse seems pretty inconsequential, it’s interesting that Paul mentions Erastus and Quartus in the same sentence. Erastus was one of the top two or three officials in the city while recently Quartus can be translated as “slave number 4”.

Therefore, Paul, Erastus and Quartus were evidently all worshipping together, side-by-side in the Church in Corinth. I think this illustrates that we are all equal in God’s eyes. We are all sinners that fall short and are in need of salvation. I think it also illustrates that in order for the Church to function properly, every single person is necessary, cherished and loved. God’s mercy, grace, peace, comfort, forgiveness and love are equally available to all of us – no matter our position or status in this world. We might not all be pastors or choir directors, but the Church needs all of us to contribute our own special gifts, talents, time and treasure in some way, shape or form.

Brad Gauen

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