Chapter Two, Lesson Five
THE JOY OF REUNION Page
V.28 ** From all of this heart breaking concern,
Paul now turns to "The Joy of Reunion" as he gives us
the 2nd reason for sending Epaphroditus home. What is it?
So that the Philippians can rejoice when they see him again! This should
always be the response of those who have been knit together by the Spirit
cf. 1Peter 1:22, 2:17, and 1John 2:10
** Are you getting the sense of a close family love in this amazing passage?
Absolutely, everybody loves everybody!
** How does Paul feel about the urgency of sending him home to his beloved
"...all the more eagerly..." Paul wants them to rejoice and
to experience "The Joy of Reunion".
** Paul now lists a 3rd reason for sending Epaphroditus, do you see it?
"...that I may be less concerned about you..." Paul knew
he could trust Epaphroditus to care for the Philippians, so his own
loving concerns would be alleviated. I think that this is the most thoughtful
group of people I have ever seen. Everyone is concerned for everyone
V.29 ** Paul now shifts his attention back to the character of
Epaphroditus as he instructs the Philippians as to how they should receive
him. What two things were they to do?
1) Receive him in the Lord with all joy!
2) Hold him (and anyone like him) in high regard!
cf. 1Timothy 5:17
V.30 ** As Paul continues to describe the man, what additional
characteristics come forth in verse 30?
He was committed, sacrificial, devoted, he had integrity and was brave.
** When he brings this chapter to a close, is Paul issuing a reprimand
to the Philippians?
No - he had "received everything in full" from them. cf.
** Then what is he saying?
The Philippians wanted to do more, but they all could not be there.
So, they sent Epaphroditus to "complete" their service to
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