Dear Fellow Servants
When I post I don’t intend to teach but I thought I’d mention something that might interest you. In verse 7 there is a Greek word “sundoulos”. I was aware that “doulos” means slave or servant but the compound word with “sun” as its preface means that it is a fellow-servant. The fellow servant doesn’t mean I’m a servant and so are you except in the sense that we have the same master or lord. So our Lord is Jesus and we are sundoulos, or fellow servants to Him.
One other tidbit brought up by one of you in days past is that Epaphras is probably a contraction of our friend Epaphroditus, who we became acquainted with when we memorized Philippians.
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Also, I had brought up praying for each other and there was discussion over that last week. You might want to read it. I finally concluded that we could possibly include it with this thread by making a distinction. In other words, our posts will deal with memorization, comments about these or past verses etc. (By the way, please don’t feel like you can’t offer a comment on say, verse 2, because we are not on that one. Many times light comes to us after we really know the verses well.) But if we have a prayer need, update etc, could we do it in the following way:
Prayer: and then state the need or update. That way, it won’t be taking on another thing but will allow us to pray for each other if we want to do that. This way it will be left to each of us to post a prayer request rather than leaving it to me to do so. If I’m not clear, please let me know. I offered this as a solution and the silence, apart from Donna’s later reply, I took as agreement. But let me know if I’m off my rocker.
Brothers & Sisters, I just had another thought on this but rather complicating the issue, I’ll post it on another day. On with the verses for the week:
Colossians 1:7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
Colossians 1:8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. (NIV)
Colossians 1: 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf
Colossians 1:8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. (ESV)
Colossians 1:7 as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf
Colossians 1: 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit. (NKJV)
Don’t get discouraged if your memorization is rocky. It’ll come. I think that we are graced by some of the verses for the week, like this week where both verses are the equivalent, in length, to one verse last week.