Chapter Two, Lesson Five
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** Since this will delay Timothy's departure, what is Paul going to do?
"...I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus..."
lit. lovely or loving
We are going to meet a marvelous individual in this Epaphroditus -
it would be wise for us to glean all that we can from his life and apply
it to our own for the glory of God.
** How many ways does Paul describe him in this verse?
Five ways -
"...minister to my need..."
As we study these characteristics, we will see the profile of a very
1) "...my brother..." adelphos, Paul uses a form of
this term nine times in this epistle alone. It is a tremendous term
** What does this say of Epaphroditus' ability to form lasting and meaningful
He was a willing member of Paul's spiritual family and he would eagerly
fulfill all that is expected of him as a brother. cf.1John 2:10, 3:10,
2) "...fellow worker..." cf. 2Timothy 2:6 (hard working)
Paul would list Apollos, Aquila and Priscilla, Aristarchus, Clement,
Mark, Onesimus, Philemon, Timothy, Titus and Tychicus; all as fellow
Epaphroditus is here added to the hall of fame of the co-workers with
** What are the two character traits always found in the heart of one
who is a fellow worker for the cause of Jesus Christ?
Very willing - cf. 2Corinthians 8:5
Very available - cf. Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23
This was the man Epaphroditus!
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