Romans 16:11: Greet My Kinsman Herodion. Greet Those In The Lord Who Belong To The Family of Narcissus.
Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. (ESV)
Let's consider these names. Herodion is mentioned as a kinsman to Paul. They were family by birth. We do not know if Herodion is a believer or not, but we know that he belongs to Paul's earthly family. Additionally, it is possible that he was related to the Herod family. It is interesting to see that Paul cares about his earthly family and his spiritual family.
One of the things that Christians today sometimes fail to celebrate properly is the bond that we have as members of the family of God. In many churches in years past men were called "Brother," and women were called "Sister." This kind of closeness is a reality because we have been made part of the same family spiritually, with God as our Heavenly Father.
Paul also greets those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. He is specifically bringing greetings to those who are part of his spiritual family who belong to the larger earthly family of Narcissus. Some scholars believe that this was the Emperor Claudius's secretary. We do know that Paul had won people to Christ who were part of the Caesar's household.
In Philippians 4:22 Paul writes, "All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household." It is amazing to see how far the Gospel spread under the ministry of the Apostle Paul. His influence even to Caesar's household, including those connected with Narcissus, came as a result of his willingness to not only serve the Savior, but to suffer for him. His chains led to people being set free from sin.
You are a part of some earthly family. Are you a part of the family of God? Are other Christians your brother and sister? If not, place your faith in Jesus Christ, believe in his sacrifice for your sins, and join the family!