Posts from May 2019

New Testament minor figure, Jude

Jude 1:1 HCSB Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and a brother of James: To those who are the called, loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ. This may be considered a variant introduction of a general letter to the churches of Christ. There are two pieces of information used to identify him to his readers. The HCSB reads “A slave of Jesus Christ,” NKJV “bondservant”, and the ESV “servant” indicate a willing servant of Jesus the…

New Testament minor figure, Demas

Colossians 4:12-14 Philemon 23-24 2 Timothy 4:9-10 What if you were in a time of great need and those you have trusted and counted upon not only are absent but have left you on your own. Imagine the feeling of being totally alone in your greatest need. Over time many would suffer this betrayal. Moses for one often was alone, save for God in trying to bring Israelites to the promise land. Judas the traitor, one of the disciples, informs…

New Testament minor figure, Titus

Titus does not appear by name in the book of Acts. Yet Titus was one of Paul’s most trusted co-workers and companions as well as a great friend as Galatians 2:1-5, 2 Corinthians 7:13-15, Titus 1:1, 1:4-5 along with others show. Paul calls him “my true child after a common faith” Titus 1:4. Thus indicating his special relationship beginning with baptism and continuing through joint and dispatch efforts. Acts 15:2 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and…

New Testament minor figure, Epaphroditus

Philippians 2:25-30 HCSB But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus—my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need— 26 since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick. 27 Indeed, he was so sick that he nearly died. However, God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one grief…