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,

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

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

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,

Colossians 1:7 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As ye also learned of Epaphras - who is for you - Who this Epaphras was we cannot tell; only it is likely that he was a Colossian, and became, by the call and grace of Christ, a deacon of this Church, faithfully labouring with the apostle, to promote its best interests. Some think that he is the same with Epaphroditus, Epaphras being a contraction of that name, as Demas is of Demetrius; and it is remarkable that one of the Slavonic versions has Epaphroditus in this place. That he was a Colossian is evident from Colossians 4:12 : Epaphras, who is one of you, ὁ εξ ὑμων· some think that he was the first who preached the Gospel among this people, and hence called an apostle. He was raised up among themselves to be their minister in the absence of the apostle, and he showed himself to be worthy of this calling by a faithful discharge of his ministry, and by labouring fervently for them all, and pressing them forward, that they might stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

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Epaphras.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers...

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

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Philippians 2:19-22,25 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly to you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state...

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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 over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things...

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 my judgment...

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure...

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 be a good minister of Jesus Christ...

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit you to faithful men...

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 in all his house.

Library
February 11. "Strengthened with all Might unto all Patience" (Col. I. 11).
"Strengthened with all might unto all patience" (Col. i. 11). The apostle prays for the Colossians, that they may be "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness." It is one thing to endure and show the strain on every muscle of your face, and seem to say with every wrinkle, "Why does not somebody sympathize with me?" It is another to endure the cross, "despising the shame" for the joy set before us. There are some trees in the
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

'All Power'
'Strengthened with all power, according to the might of His glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy.'--COL. i. 11 (R.V.). There is a wonderful rush and fervour in the prayers of Paul. No parts of his letters are so lofty, so impassioned, so full of his soul, as when he rises from speaking of God to men to speaking to God for men. We have him here setting forth his loving desires for the Colossian Christians in a prayer of remarkable fulness and sweep. Broadly taken, it is for their perfecting
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Twenty-Third Day for the Holy Spirit in Your Own Work
WHAT TO PRAY.--For the Holy Spirit in your own Work "I labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily."--COL. i. 29. You have your own special work; make it a work of intercession. Paul laboured, striving according to the working of God in him. Remember, God is not only the Creator, but the Great Workman, who worketh all in all. You can only do your work in His strength, by Him working in you through the Spirit. Intercede much for those among whom you work, till God gives
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Knowledge and Obedience.
"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father."--COL. i. 9-12. The Epistles
W. H. Griffith Thomas—The Prayers of St. Paul

Cross References
Matthew 18:29
"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.'

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

Colossians 4:9
He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.

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

Philemon 1:23
Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.

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