Conquering the Circumstances
I. EPAPHRODITUS WAS A HUMBLE SERVANT
II. EPAPHRODITUS WAS A HEARTY SOLDIER
III. EPAPHRODITUS HAS A HORRIBLE SICKNESS
IV. EPAPHRODITUS HAS A HONORABLE SALUTATION
1. HIS COMMENDATION (V 29)
2. HIS COMMITMENT
Bishop Ryle, "says a zealous man in religion is preeminently a man of one things... he see only one thing, he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is swallowed up for one thing; and that one thing is to please God. Whether he lives, or whether he dies, whether he has health, or whether he has sickness, whether he is rich, or whether he is poor, whether he please man, or whether he gives offense, whether he is thought wise, or whether he is though foolish, whether he gets honor, or whether he gets shame, for all this the ...man cares nothing at all. He burns for one thing; and that one thing is to please God and to advance God's glory."
Charles Spurgeon once said, "We need red-hot, white hot men, who glow with intense heat; whom you cannot approach without feeling that your heart is growing warmer; who burn their way in all positions straight on to the desired work; men like thunderbolts flung from Jehovah's hand, crashing through every opposing thing till they have reached the target aimed at; men impelled by omnipotence."
Our study will center on such a man in our message for today.
In the closing verses of the second chapter of the Book of Philippians we have brought before us three exemplary men. There is timothy of which Paul said, "I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state."
Then we have the Apostle Paul, who offered himself in sacrifice and service for all of God's people and the chapter closes with the Apostle's recommendation of a faithful brother, Epaphroditus.
It is the Spirit of God, who is giving us the record of this faithful brother. Paul's recommendation of him is based upon fellowship with him in Christian service in bygone days.
His description of his spiritual like is a presentation of Christian service, and his experience in suffering for Christ's sake puts us to shame.
Read Philippians 2:25-30
25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.
26 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 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him,
30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.
I.EPAPHRODITUS WAS A HUMBLE SERVANT (Phil.2:25)
He was sent to the Apostle ...
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