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Philippians, Chapter Two, Lesson Five

THE JOY OF REUNION           Page 2
V.25 (Cont'd.)

** 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 -

"...my brother..."
"...fellow worker..."
"...fellow soldier..."
"...your messenger..."
"...minister to my need..."

As we study these characteristics, we will see the profile of a very Godly man.

1) "...my brother..." adelphos, Paul uses a form of this term nine times in this epistle alone. It is a tremendous term of endearment.

** What does this say of Epaphroditus' ability to form lasting and meaningful relationships?

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, Acts 9:17

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 workers.

Epaphroditus is here added to the hall of fame of the co-workers with Paul.

** 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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