Philippians 2:26-30 (NIV): For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.
In today’s 2-minute Bible Study, we end our deep dive into chapter two of Philippians as the Apostle Paul continues teaching us what it looks like to live a humble life.
- Epaphroditus most likely was a leader in the church at Philippi.
- He was sent to deliver a financial gift to Paul. As you may recall, Paul has been in house arrest awaiting trial in Rome. Even though he cannot work and he cannot go anywhere, he still must provide for himself. Could you imagine?? So, thankfully the church in Philippi sent money to help him out.
- Epaphroditus intended to stay and be Paul’s personal servant. Unfortunately, he became deathly ill either on his way to Rome or while in Rome with Paul.
- He wanted to return home but was afraid of what the believers in Philippi would think of him quitting his service to Paul. So Paul writes a glowing testimonial of Epaphroditus.
What You Will Learn Today In Two Minutes:
- What the Greek language can show us about Epaphroditus’ mental state of mind
- What Epaphroditus’ sickness can teach us about healing
- A quick recap of what we learned in Philippians chapter two
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