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12 Epaphras, [Epaphras] who is
one of [ek] you, [humon] a servant [doulos] of Christ, [Christos]saluteth[aspazomai] you, [humas] always [pantote]labouring fervently [agonizomai] for [huper] you [humon] in [en] prayers, [proseuche] that [hina] ye may stand [histemi] perfect [teleios] and [kai] complete [pleroo] in [en] all [pas] the will [thelema] of God. [theos]
13 For [gar] I bear [martureo] him [autos] record, [martureo] that [hoti] he hath [echo] a great [polus] zeal [zelos] for [huper] you, [humon] and [kai] them that are in [en] Laodicea, [Laodikeia] and [kai] them in [en] Hierapolis. [Hierapolis]KJV-Interlinear
12 Epaphras, who is one of your
number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his
greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand
perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him
witness that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea
and Hierapolis. NASB
meaning foaming or devoted.He was the one who was instrumental in
bringing Christianity to the Colossians, Col. 1:7.
mentions Epaphras with high regard, as one who has the spiritual lives of other
people foremost in his mind, rather than his own interests.
And as with many of the
other names mentioned, the objective of Pauls
ministry as well as the mission of these men, was that people would hear the
message of the scriptures and stand perfect and complete.
To stand perfect and
complete means to advance to spiritual maturity.
As we look around us
these days, we can probably count on just a few fingers, the people we know who
have the interests of others at heart, more so than their own.
Society has become a me-first
club. People get angry on the road.People look for bargains which serve themselves.People look at advancement and profit opportunities
in the suffering of others.People have little
or no patience, little or no empathy, little or no interest in the plight of
Society in general will
take before giving, and if anything is free or relatively inexpensive, they
still want more for less.
And here, we have
examples of men and women who literally gave up their lives, their own self
interests, so that others would have the chance to possess the greatest of opportunities
of all.And although surrounded by
millions of people living in the same geographic region, very few others
participated or shared in their effort.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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