lovely, spoken of by Paul (Col. 1:7; 4:12) as "his dear fellow-servant," and "a faithful minister of Christ." He was thus evidently with him at Rome when he wrote to the Colossians. He was a distinguished disciple, and probably the founder of the Colossian church. He is also mentioned in the Epistle to Philemon (1:23), where he is called by Paul his "fellow-prisoner."
epaphras could not have written this letter, but he could pray.
In Colossians i. 7: "As ye also learned of epaphras our dear fellowservant;" and in iv.
What he says of epaphras in this very Epistle was true of himself.
All our knowledge of epaphras is contained in these brief notices in this Epistle.
We want men of prayer, men like epaphras, men whose closet walls witness their agonizing labors.
May He raise up many of those who shall be cast in the same spiritual mould as epaphras.
There is something peculiarly touching in the mode in which the name of epaphras is introduced to our notice in the New Testament.
Paul had never before visited this city, and its church had been founded by epaphras.
The news of these false teachings was brought to Paul probably by epaphras.
No doubt, too, their feelings to him were less warm than to epaphras and to other teachers whom they had heard.