Nov. 17, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:26-30 Mean?

What Does Philippians 2:26-30 Mean?

Philippians 2:26-30 (NIV): For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.

In today's 2-minute Bible Study, we end our deep dive into chapter two of Philippians as the Apostle Paul continues teaching us what it looks like to live a humble life.

In Yesterday's 2-minute Podcast We Learned About Epaphroditus:

  • Epaphroditus most likely was a leader in the church at Philippi.
  • He was sent to deliver a financial gift to Paul. As you may recall, Paul has been in house arrest awaiting trial in Rome. Even though he cannot work and he cannot go anywhere, he still must provide for himself. Could you imagine?? So, thankfully the church in Philippi sent money to help him out.
  • Epaphroditus intended to stay and be Paul's personal servant. Unfortunately, he became deathly ill either on his way to Rome or while in Rome with Paul.
  • He wanted to return home but was afraid of what the believers in Philippi would think of him quitting his service to Paul. So Paul writes a glowing testimonial of Epaphroditus.

What You Will Learn Today In Two Minutes:

  • What the Greek language can show us about Epaphroditus' mental state of mind
  • What Epaphroditus' sickness can teach us about healing
  • A quick recap of what we learned in Philippians chapter two


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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth

In Philippians chapter 2, Paul uses the lives of Christ, Timothy, and Epaphroditus to demonstrate what a humble life looks like. 

Today, we pick up in chapter 2 verse 26 thru 27, as we learn of Epaphroditus’ desire to return home as Paul writes, “since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow

While we don’t know much about Epaphroditus, these verses give us a little more insight. First, he longed to go home and see his family and loved ones. The Greek language here literally means “mentally tormented” as in Epaphroditus was “mentally tormented” knowing that his loved ones didn’t know whether he was alive or dead. So, he wanted to go home and relieve them of their worry, and understandably so. 

And two, we know that Epaphroditus was terribly ill showing us that committed and faithful servants of Christ aren’t immune from sickness and disease. Now, thankfully, Epaphroditus was miraculously healed, but unfortunately, not everyone gets healed. Even the Apostle Paul who was one of the strongest, most committed of God’s saints did not receive his healing on this side of heaven. 

Paul continues in verse 27 thru 30 saying, “Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.”

So, your Simple Truth for today: As we end chapter two, Paul gave us two incredible examples of people who risked their lives to serve the Lord putting others' needs above their own in order to bring blessings to God’s people. May God help us to do the same. 

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