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Philippians 2:29

ESV So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,
NIV So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him,
NASB Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold people like him in high regard,
CSB Therefore, welcome him in the Lord with great joy and hold people like him in honor,
NLT Welcome him in the Lord’s love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve.
KJV Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

What does Philippians 2:29 mean?

Because of who Epaphroditus was, his service, and what he had been through, Paul commanded the Philippian believers to celebrate his return, thanking the Lord for his life and healing.

In addition, Paul extended this command to others like Epaphroditus. All who serve God with humility and sacrifice should be honored by their fellow Christian brothers and sisters. The reasons will be given in greater detail in the next verse, in particular noting that he had risked his life for Christ.

Those who serve Christ by leaving home and risking their lives are to receive honor from the church. This principle can extend today to missionaries and perhaps others. For instance, Christian military personnel and Christian leaders who serve far from home to help those in need. As in this case, the work does not always require the person to be an evangelist or teacher. Epaphroditus left to personally care for Paul, to deliver money and perhaps other supplies, and to bring encouragement. Such workers are of tremendous importance to those serving on the front lines of ministry.
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