A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for October 10, 2019
|Mr. And Mrs. Apostle?|
Text: "Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was" Romans 16:7.
This obscure text at the end of Paul's letter to the Romans has gained a lot of attention in recent times in that Junias is thought to be a woman's name. Why is this significant? It is significant because what you then have is a woman apostle.
By definition, apostles are special messengers of the Gospel. The twelve, thought to include Paul by revelation, are not the only apostles mentioned in Scripture. Timothy was an apostle as well, and there were others.
Priscilla and Aquila were a husband and wife team who were fellow workers. Might not Andronicus and Junias have been the same? (I do know that some say Junias was also a man's name.) The point I am trying to make is that the ministry of women was established early and often in the New Testament church. Perhaps Junias really was a woman apostle. Should we be surprised? And might gifted women be special messengers in the kingdom of God today?
I can think of some right now, and I thank God for them.