The Example of Epaphroditus

Text: Philippians 2:25

Paul told the brethren in Philippi that men like Epaphroditus were to be held in high regard (Philippians 2:29). Why? This passage gives five reasons.

He Was a Brother

  • Brother refers here to a fellow Christian
  • As fellow Christians, we have a common Father (1 John 3:1)
  • We are different from the world (Romans 12:2) – we should treat each other as such (Galatians 6:10; 1 Peter 2:17)

He Was a Fellow Worker

  • Christians are to be active in the Lord’s service – teaching others (1 Peter 3:15), encouraging others (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
  • Work together – better results from the work (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

He Was a Fellow Soldier

  • We are to fight for the cause of Christ (1 Timothy 6:12)
  • Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17)
  • Epaphroditus was not just supporting Paul behind the scenes, though this is important as well – he stood with him in “the defense of the gospel” (Philippians 1:16-17)

He Was a Messenger

  • A messenger was one who carried both words & goods – we know Epaphroditus carried support from the Philippians to Paul (Philippians 2:30; 4:15-18)
  • Being a messenger requires one who is trustworthy – must be honest (Ephesians 4:25; Matthew 5:37) and diligent (Colossians 3:23)

He Was a Minister

  • Epaphroditus ministered to Paul’s needs – not only was he actively serving the Lord, he also did what he could to serve Paul
  • We are to try to do good to others, especially Christians (Galatians 6:10) – requires a willingness to sacrifice both time and money (James 1:27; Ephesians 4:28)

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