Paul’s Example Of Timothy And Epaphroditus
Paul Is Sending Timothy
Chapter 2:19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition.
Chapter 2:20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.
Chapter 2:21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
Chapter 2:22 But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.
Paul was sending Timothy and was wanting to receive some encouragement back from the church at Philippi. The church of Philippi was one of great promise and encouragement for Paul as compared to the church at Corinth which had numerous problems and concerns.
Paul Wishes To Be There With The Philippians
Chapter 2:23 Therefore I hope to send him immediately as soon as I see how things go with me;
Chapter 2:24 and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly.
Paul would, more than anything else would have loved to be there, but due to his circumstances, he sent Timothy, his most trusted and caring servant to the Philippians.
Epaphroditus And His Coming
Chapter 2:25 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;
Chapter 2:26 because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.
Most likely, Epaphroditus took this letter to the Philippians and while he was with Paul in Rome became extremely ill. We see that Paul thought highly of him and valued him as a close brother, worker and soldier.
Paul’s Concern For Epaphroditus’ Sickness
Chapter 2:27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow.
We see that Epaphroditus’ sickness was extremely serious and that he almost perished, but God’s mercy saw him through this. We see that his recovery gave Paul comfort, and that if Epaphroditus had died, it would have been very upsetting to Paul.
Instructions To The Philippians
Chapter 2:28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you.
Chapter 2:29 Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard;
Chapter 2:30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.
Paul wanted Epaphroditus to go back to the Christians at Philippi and Paul was letting them know that Epaphroditus was to be seen as a servant who went beyond the call and to be held in esteem. The lesson for us here is that we, as servants of Christ, should put the work of Christ, even above our own lives, because we owe Him everything. Are you satisfied with good intentions or a half-done job in serving the Lord?