by Harley Howard

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The Epistle to The Colossians, Chapter 1
Part 4 of 5
Dr. Harley Howard

7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear
fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of

Epaphras was one who was beloved by God and the church
and a helper, which was a trustworthy, reliable, a
servant, an attendant, a deacon, but not the office of
a deacon. The word minister means deacon or servant.

8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit produces the spiritual fruit of love
that is the normal attitude towards all genuine
believers. The love produced by the Holy Spirit was
all throughout the fellowship. Epaphras made that
clear to Paul. Now bear in mind that this kind of
love is not an earthly love, but a love produced by
the Holy Spirit. This means that this love cannot be
duplicated or manufactured by any means that is human
or earthly. The source of this love is neither human
or of this world, but from God Himself and can only be
experienced by believers and demonstrated to believers
and appreciated by believers.

Romans 5:5 (NASB)
and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God
has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy
Spirit who was given to us.

1st Peter 1:22-23
22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified
your souls for a sincere love of the brethren,
fervently love one another from the heart,
23 for you have been born again not of seed which is
perishable but imperishable, that is, through the
living and abiding word of God.

When one examines the life of the apostle Paul
relative to prayer, it is all too apparent that there
is a vast difference between the prayer life of the
Apostle and the prayer life of many professing
believers today. The difference is so vast that we
all need to examine the biblical record of what prayer
was, not only as a means to obtain information about
prayer, but as a means to direct and to instruc ...

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