A. Complete In His Association with Paul
Brother, Fellow Worker, Fellow Soldier
He was like Nehemiah, the man who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem with his sword in one hand and his trowel in the other (Neh. 4:17).
Epaphroditus Was Celebrated By Paul
B. CONCERNED IN HIS RELATION TO PAUL AND OTHERS
Concerned About Paul
“The problem in our churches,” states one missionary leader, “is that we have too many spectators and not enough participants.”
Concerned About His Home Fellowship–While Sick
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
C. CLOSE TO PAUL
27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
D. COMMENDED OF PAUL
29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem;
E. CONSIGNED BY PAUL TO RETURN
30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.