Chapter Two, Lesson Five
THE JOY OF REUNION Page
3) "...fellow soldier..." How is this term different?
cf. 2Timothy 2:4 - not entangled in the affairs of everyday life.
He was not only willing to work hard for the advancement of the kingdom,
he knew it would be a "war or battle" and was willing to die
for Christ if need be. cf. V.30 with Ephesians 6:12
4) "...your messenger..." apostolos lit. - "sent
one" This is the word that gives us our English word apostle.
** Was Epaphroditus an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ?
No - he was a "sent one" on behalf of the Philippians for
the needs of Paul.
** What does that say about his character from the perspective of the
Epaphroditus was trustworthy!
5) "...minister to my need..." leitourgos lit. "a
public servant" - His was an official and sacred service, on behalf
of the Philippians, toward the apostle Paul, for the advancement of
The apostle Paul used the same word to describe his own calling to
"minister" to the Gentiles in Rome. cf. Romans 15:15-16
** How do you suppose Epaphroditus viewed Paul's instructions in Philippians
He lived it everyday - of course he would agree!
V.26 ** We can see that Epaphroditus is certainly one of those
we would do well to emulate, what is the reason given in verse 26 for
Paul to send him back to the Philippians?
"...he was longing for you all..." This expression speaks
of the love capacity of the man. Not only was he sacrificially caring
for the apostle, he was at the same time caring about all of his brothers
and sisters in Philippi.
** Was Epaphroditus being selfish at this point? What was the cause behind
He was concerned, even distressed, because they had heard he was extremely
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