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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Those Boring Openings.
But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need. (Philippians 2:25)
Here Paul tells them (and us) that Epaphroditus was the Philippians’ “messenger and minister to [Paul’s] need.” He was apparently the guy who delivered the gift that the Philippians sent to him.
It is over 800 miles between Philippi and Rome, so Epaphroditus was clearly committed to the task of delivering the money and/or goodies for Paul. Getting so sick he almost died added another level of commitment. And, it’s likely Epaphroditus had a family, so being so far away was probably a big problem.
To Paul, it’s only natural to let a guy like Epaphroditus get back to his home and family.
Epaphroditus got to deliver a letter that will live for all eternity, because it is God’s word. And, his name goes down in history as a faithful friend to the greatest missionary ever.
Give him a round of applause. He deserves it!
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