I have written of this man before: Epaphras, a man mentioned by Paul, three times.
Nonetheless a man who stood apart. An example for whosoever will, to learn of, and follow.
We tend to think, the heroes of faith are beyond anything we can achieve. Here is a real, live, everyman. We can all aspire to be like, Epaphras.
A Giant in the Kingdom. What do we know?
《 A fellowservant, with Paul of Christ so:
~ Paul and others, gave thanks to God, in prayers, since they, heard of your faith in Christ, and your love of the Saints.
《 A faithful minister of Christ:
~ Who declared, your love of Christ in the Spirit, to us.
《 A faithful Servant of Christ (as are you, at the Colossians Church)
~ He labours fervently, for you, in prayers: That you might, stand perfect and complete, in all the will of God.
《 Paul himself bears record, that Epaphras has great zeal towards the believers there and in the surrounding area.
《 A fellow prisoner, with Paul, for the Gospel
Colossians 1:3-8 (KJV)
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
Colossians 4:11-13 (KJV)
11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
Philemon 22-24 (KJV)
22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.