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Day 12 – Philippians 2:25-30
Categories: Don’s Daily Devotions
Sat 23rd May – Read Philippians ch 2:25-30
V25: He speaks of another great example, Epaphroditus, who has come to him from the Philippian church, as their messenger and to convey a gift from them. (Clearly, at this stage of his captivity, others are allowed free access to him.) He now intends to send him back to them, expressing the warmest appreciation of him – my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier – a trusted and proven companion in gospel service.
V26: He knows Epaphroditus longs to see them again, and is concerned that they have heard he has been very ill. Do we have such love and longing for those with whom we are joined in local church fellowship?
V27: And Paul records how his illness was indeed severe – almost fatal, except that in mercy God restored him – mercy to Epaphroditus, and also to Paul himself, who would have been greatly distressed by his death. God answers prayer, but always, remember, according to His sovereign and perfect will.
V28: So Paul sends him back to them to relieve their anxiety – and his own. How clearly real love and concern for fellow believers run through all these verses.
V29: So, they are to rejoice to receive him, and honour him, and believers like him, for their faithful gospel service.
V30: For his near death experience was in the service he fulfilled on their behalf while in Rome with Paul – we know no details, but it seems he consciously risked his own life in bringing the church’s assurance of love to Paul. So, like Timothy, Epaphroditus is set forth as a great example of a faithful Christian. May it be true of us, whatever our circumstances, by the grace of God.