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Colossians 1:7

    Colossians 1:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    As it was given to you by Epaphras, our well-loved helper, who is a true servant of Christ for us,

    Webster's Revision

    even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,

    World English Bible

    even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,

    Definitions for Colossians 1:7

    Minister - Servants.

    Clarke's Commentary on Colossians 1:7

    As ye also learned of Epaphras - who is for you - Who this Epaphras was we cannot tell; only it is likely that he was a Colossian, and became, by the call and grace of Christ, a deacon of this Church, faithfully labouring with the apostle, to promote its best interests. Some think that he is the same with Epaphroditus, Epaphras being a contraction of that name, as Demas is of Demetrius; and it is remarkable that one of the Slavonic versions has Epaphroditus in this place. That he was a Colossian is evident from Colossians 4:12 : Epaphras, who is one of you, ὁ εξ ὑμων· some think that he was the first who preached the Gospel among this people, and hence called an apostle. He was raised up among themselves to be their minister in the absence of the apostle, and he showed himself to be worthy of this calling by a faithful discharge of his ministry, and by labouring fervently for them all, and pressing them forward, that they might stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 1:7

    As ye also learned of Epaphras - Epaphras was then with Paul. Plm 1:23. He had probably been sent to him by the church at Colossae to consult him in reference to some matters pertaining to the church there. It is evident from this, that Epaphras was a minister of the church at Colossae, though there is no evidence, as has been often supposed, that he was the founder of the church. The apostle here says, that they had learned from Epaphras the true nature of the gospel, and he designs undoubtedly to confirm what he had taught them in opposition to the teachings of errorists; see the Introduction, Section 4. He had doubtless conferred with Epaphras respecting the doctrines which he had taught there.

    Our dear fellow-servant - This shows that Paul had contracted a strong friendship for Epaphras. There is no reason to believe that he had known him before, but his acquaintance with him now had served to attach him strongly to him. It is possible, as has been conjectured (see the Introduction), that there was a party in the church at Colossae opposed to Epaphras and to the doctrines which he preached, and if this were so, Paul's strong expression of attachment for him would do much to silence the opposition.

    Who is for you a faithful minister of Christ - "For you," when he is with you, and in managing your interests here.

    Wesley's Notes on Colossians 1:7

    1:7 The fellowservant - Of Paul and Timotheus.