Genesis, Chapter 16, a number of greetings to the people in Rome. He says, greet so-and-so, greet so-and-so; in fact, one of my favorite little Scripture verses to put on after you sign a card or
something, is Romans 16:13, because Romans 16:13, when people see that, they go, “I’ve
never had anyone close with that verse”, so they go look it up. You know, it says it
says “Greet Rufus” Ah! Now, have you greeted Rufus today? No you are in sin,
okay? This is the difference between a “description” and a “prescription”, alright?
there’s a lot in the Bible that is “descriptive” but is not “prescriptive” for
us. Now, “greet Rufus” SOUNDS “prescriptive”, but it’s “prescriptive” for the people who
receive the letter; it’s not prescriptive for us, okay? But, in any event, in Romans
16, in verse 23, here’s what Paul says, remember, he’s writing FROM here to Rome and he says, in verse 23, “Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greet
you, Erastus, the treasurer of the city greet you and Quartus, a brother.” So,
Erasmus is a Roman official who had a very good government job and in his, in
his thankfulness for his job, he paid out of his own funds. the money it took to
lay the pavement here. And so his inscription is right here which
basically says that Erastus laid this at his own expense. That’s what this says here.
That seems to me that this is the same Erastus that Paul talks about in Romans
16, because he’s a public official! Who else would do this but a public official?