In Romans 16:15, Paul sends salutations to a group of Roman Christians, and Julia is mentioned among this group. Other than this salutation, she is not mentioned again Scripture, so information on her is scarce. There are some who believe she was a member of the imperial court of the Roman Empire and perhaps even a member of Caesar’s household. Whether she was or not, what is most important is that Julia was a member of God’s household.
1. Julia was a saint. The Scripture verse in which she is mentioned reads, “Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.” In the New Testament, believers in Jesus the Christ are often referred to as saints. The Biblical meaning of the word saint is defined as being “consecrated to God, holy, sacred.” Romans 12:1 tells us to offer or consecrate our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. To be consecrated means to be “set apart for a holy use.” 1 Peter 2:9 says that as believers in Christ we are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
To be a saint means that we have been set apart by God for God to be used in a holy way for Him and His Kingdom. The same was true for Julia and the other early believers. By calling them saints, Paul is recognizing that they have consecrated themselves to God and are set apart from the world to do His good work and to share His good word. All Christians are saints not because of anything that we have done, but all because of our standing in Jesus the Christ. Since we are saints, Christ calls us to live and act like saints by following His perfect example of love, righteousness, and grace.