This man is only mentioned here in Philippians but from the testimony given we can know he was trusted by the assembly to take money and deliver it to Paul. Paul also trusted him to return with this letter to the same people that sent him. Even though he was not a famous person well-known throughout the churches of his time, he has become an example to us of a man with the mind of Christ even though he lived and worked in relative obscurity. He had godly zeal, yet like the Lord, “Made Himself of no reputation.” He was “meek and lowly in heart.” He did not want to cause concern in those who knew him. He did not dwell on his sickness. He didn’t want others to worry that they had caused it by sending him on a 700 mile journey with their gift to Paul. Health is not the right of all believers. Sickness is not always the result of sin, and instant healing and miraculous recovery is not always God’s will. Healing is a result of mercy being shown, not our demands and rights being met.
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