A Christian of Corinth, whose family Paul baptized, the first convert to the gospel in Achaia, probably about A. D. 52, 1Co 1:16. He was forward in the service of the church, and came to Paul at Ephesus, 1Co 16:15,17.
crown, a member of the church at Corinth, whose family were among those the apostle had baptized (1Co 1:16; 16:15,17). He has been supposed by some to have been the "jailer of Philippi" (comp. Ac 16:33). The First Epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi some six years after the jailer's conversion, and he was with the apostle there at that time.
A Christian at Corinth whose household, "the firstfruits of Achaia," Paul baptized (1Co 1:16; 16:15-17). In Ro 16:5 oldest manuscripts read "Asia" for Achaia. Fortunatus and Achaicus were probably of this household. By joining Paul at Ephesus they with Stephanas supplied means of communion between Paul and the Corinthians, taking his letter back with them. They refreshed his spirit as representatives of the absent Corinthians, they helped and laboured with him. So Paul urges the Corinthians, "acknowledge ye them," by a kindly welcome recognizing their true worth. The partisans of Apollos, Cephas, and Christ, might possibly receive them coldly as having been baptized by Paul, hence he "beseeches" the Corinthians in their behalf. They had "addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints" voluntarily (2Co 8:4; 9:1), namely, to their temporal relief (Ro 15:25; Heb 6:10).
A Corinthian, apparently of some importance, whose household were baptized by St. Paul personally (1Co 1:16), and are called 'the first-fruits of Achaia' (1Co 16:15). Stephanas himself had joined the Apostle at Ephesus when he wrote, and was of great assistance to him there.
A. J. Maclean.