Colossians 1:7
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New International Version
You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,

New Living Translation
You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ's faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf.

English Standard Version
just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf

Berean Study Bible
You learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,

Berean Literal Bible
just as you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on behalf of us,

New American Standard Bible
just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,

King James Bible
As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow slave. He is a faithful servant of the Messiah on your behalf,

International Standard Version
You learned about this gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of the Messiah on your behalf.

NET Bible
You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow slave--a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf--

New Heart English Bible
even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
According to what you learned from Epaphra our beloved companion, who is a trustworthy Minister for you of The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You learned about this Good News from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant. He is taking your place here as a trustworthy deacon for Christ

New American Standard 1977
just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,

Jubilee Bible 2000
as ye also learned of Epaphras, our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ,

King James 2000 Bible
As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

American King James Version
As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

American Standard Version
even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,

Douay-Rheims Bible
As you learned of Epaphras, our most beloved fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ Jesus;

Darby Bible Translation
even as ye learned from Epaphras our beloved fellow-bondman, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you,

English Revised Version
even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,

Webster's Bible Translation
As ye also learned from Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

Weymouth New Testament
as you learned it from Epaphras our dearly-loved fellow servant. He is to you a faithful minister of Christ in our stead,

World English Bible
even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,

Young's Literal Translation
as ye also learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful ministrant of the Christ,
Study Bible
Thanksgiving and Prayer
6that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood the grace of God. 7You learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8and who also informed us of your love in the Spirit.…
Cross References
Matthew 18:29
So his fellow servant fell down and begged him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you back.'

Colossians 4:7
Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant in the Lord.

Colossians 4:9
With him I am sending Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in the full will of God.

Philemon 1:23
Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings,
Treasury of Scripture

As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

Epaphras.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

Philemon 1:23 There salute you Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus;

our. See on

Philippians 2:19-22,25 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly to you, that …

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Numbers 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house.

Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler …

Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you …

1 Corinthians 4:2,17 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful…

1 Corinthians 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give …

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1 Timothy 4:6 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall …

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

Hebrews 2:17 Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers…

Hebrews 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful …

(7) Ye also learned of Epaphras.--Of Epaphras we know nothing, except what we gather from this passage, and from Colossians 4:12; Philemon 1:23. The name is a shortened form of Epaphroditus, but it is most unlikely that he is the same as the Epaphroditus of Philippians 2:25; Philippians 4:18. Being, it seems, a native of Coloss itself, he was apparently its first evangelist, and is afterwards described as feeling some responsibility for it and its neighbouring cities, Laodicea and Hierapolis (Colossians 4:13). His work could not have been transient, for under him the Colossians are said not only to have "heard," but also to have "known" (come to know perfectly) "the grace of God." St. Paul here gives emphatic testimony to his faithfulness, and to his preaching to them "in truth." That he was, then or afterwards. Bishop of Coloss is probably a mere guess of tradition. But he may have had some such charge as that which was afterwards more formally committed to Timothy at Ephesus, and Titus in Crete. At this time, however, he remained with St. Paul (Colossians 4:12-13), and apparently shared his captivity, for he is called (in Philemon 1:23) his "fellow-prisoner."

Who is for you a faithful minister of Christ.--(1) "For you" is, properly, on your behalf. This has been supposed to mean that Epaphras, like his Philippian namesake, had been a representative of the Colossian Church, in ministry to the Apostle; but this is hardly compatible with the entire absence of any personal reference in the sentence. Contrast Philemon 1:13, "that on thy behalf he might minister to me." If this reading, therefore, is to stand, "on your behalf" must be taken to signify generally "for your benefit," which is doubtless the meaning of our version. (2) But there is considerable, perhaps preponderating, MS. authority for the reading "on our behalf," that is, in our stead. This makes Epaphras a representative, perhaps an actual messenger, of St. Paul, for the conversion of the church at Coloss; sent probably at the time when the Apostle had his head-quarters at Ephesus, and when "all that dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 19:10). This interpretation not only gives greater force to this passage, but explains also the attitude of authority here assumed by St. Paul toward a church which he had not seen, differing so markedly from the tone of his Epistle to the Romans in a like case.

Verse 7. - As ye learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant; literally, bondman (Ephesians 4:20; 2 Timothy 3:14). Only in Colossians 4:7 does the epithet "fellow-bondman" appear again in St. Paul (the Revisers in these two places omit their marginal "bondservant"). The dominant thought of Christ Jesus "the Lord" (Colossians 2:6; Colossians 3:22-4:1) possibly dictates this expression. That the Colossians had received the gospel in this way from Epaphras, a disciple of St. Paul, was a striking proof of its fruitfulness, and a further cause for thanksgiving on his own part. Who is a faithful minister of Christ on our (or, your) behalf (Colossians 4:12, 13; 2 Corinthians 8:22; Philippians 2:22). He puts his seal upon the ministry of Epaphras, and vindicates it against all questioning at home. Textual evidence for "on our" or "your behalf" is pretty evenly balanced: most older Greek copies read the first person, while the ancient versions generally adopted the second; and the critical editors are similarly divided. The Revisers, with Tregelles, Alford, Lightfoot, Westcott and Hort, prefer "our," which gives a finer and more fitting sense. It was as St. Paul's representative that Epaphras had ministered in Colossae, and to him he now reported his success; and this justified the apostle in claiming the Colossians as his own charge, and in writing to them in the terms of this letter (Colossians 2:1, 2, 5-7: comp. Romans 15:20; 2 Corinthians 10:13-16). "Minister" (διάκονος, deacon, in its official sense found in St. Paul first in Philippians 1:1, then in 1 Timothy) is to be distinguished from the "servant" (δοῦλος, slave) of the last clause, and from "assistant" (ὑπηρέτης: 1 Corinthians 4:1; Acts 13:5; Acts 26:16), and "attendant" (θεράπων: Hebrews 3:5); see Trench's 'Synonyms of the New Testament.' It is a favourite word of St. Paul's, and points to the service rendered, while other terms indicate the status of the servant. As ye also learned of Epaphras,.... To know the grace of God, believe the truth of the Gospel, and to own and profess it sincerely,

Our dear fellow servant; a "servant" of Christ he was, and a "fellow" servant of the apostles, jointly engaged with them in preaching the Gospel; which character, as it greatly commends Epaphras, and shows him to be a very considerable preacher of the word, so it expresses the great humility and condescension of the apostle, in putting him upon a level with himself, though he was not in that high office of the apostleship he was. And "dear" this precious servant of Christ was to him, and his fellow ministers, on account of the grace and gifts bestowed on him, because of his usefulness in the ministry, and his faithfulness and integrity in the discharge of it; and whose company and conversation in the prison greatly endeared him to them, for he was a fellow prisoner, as well as a fellow servant, Plm 1:23. It follows,

who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; one whom Christ had made a "minister" and not man, who was qualified, and sent forth, and made successful by him in his service; and who preached none but Christ, and him crucified, in the business of salvation: and he was a "faithful" one; one that sought not his own glory, but the glory of him that sent him; nor to please men, but his master; who concealed no part of his message, but freely and fully declared the whole; he was faithful to Christ, who put him into the ministry, and to the souls of men, to whom he ministered: and therefore it is said, he was such an one "for you"; for them, not for himself; for their spiritual good and advantage; he sought not theirs, but them; he had a great zeal for them, dearly loved them, and spent his time and strength, and made use of his gifts and talents while among them, for their use and benefit. 7. As ye also learned—"Also" is omitted in the oldest manuscripts. The insertion implied that those inserting it thought that Paul had preached the Gospel to the Colossians as well as Epaphras, Whereas the omission in the oldest manuscripts implies that Epaphras alone was the founder of the Church at Colosse.

of—"from Epaphras."

dear—Greek, "beloved."

fellow servant—namely, of Christ. In Phm 23 he calls him "my fellow prisoner." It is possible that Epaphras may have been apprehended for his zealous labors in Asia Minor; but more probable that Paul gave him the title; as his faithful companion in his imprisonment (compare Note, see on [2399]Col 4:10, as to Meyer's conjecture).

who is for you, etc.—Translate, "who is faithful in your behalf as a minister of Christ"; hinting that he is one not to be set aside for the new and erroneous teachers (Col 2:1-23). Most of the oldest manuscripts read, "for (or 'in behalf of') US." Vulgate, however, with one of the oldest manuscripts, supports English Version.1:1-8 All true Christians are brethren one to another. Faithfulness runs through every character and relation of the Christian life. Faith, hope, and love, are the three principal graces in the Christian life, and proper matter for prayer and thanksgiving. The more we fix our hopes on the reward in the other world, the more free shall we be in doing good with our earthly treasure. It was treasured up for them, no enemy could deprive them of it. The gospel is the word of truth, and we may safely venture our souls upon it. And all who hear the word of the gospel, ought to bring forth the fruit of the gospel, obey it, and have their principles and lives formed according to it. Worldly love arises, either from views of interest or from likeness in manners; carnal love, from the appetite for pleasure. To these, something corrupt, selfish, and base always cleaves. But Christian love arises from the Holy Spirit, and is full of holiness.
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