x58........Poor Saint Epaphroditus

Php 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

The word "messenger" in the verse above is actually the word--

apostolos {ap-os'-tol-os} n m

---- apostle 78, messenger 2, he that is sent 1; 81

1) a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders 1a) specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ 1b) in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers 1b1) of Barnabas 1b2) of Timothy and Silvanus


Everywhere else in the Bible this word has been left in the Greek language--tradition says this is a as a title of sainthood.

If we study the tradition of the catholic church we will find that Epaphroditus was , of all the people whom the Bible calls an apostle--was NOT an official saint of the church. The traditional translation of the Bible comes down to us through our king James version--he is called a "messenger" instead of an apostle. The words that describe Epaphroditus are the saying that he was doing everything that Paul was doing--and in fact Paul is saying that in this instance--to the church at Phillipi, Epaphroditus did the apostolic work--and not he.

He was never considered an official saint--the word apostle was left in the translation to indicate a saint and this poor guy was not recognized--so the translators decided to translate this word into English.

It also would have been uncomfortable for the translators to realize that Paul was saying that someone other than himself was an apostle to a group of people.

They wanted to continue to deify and patronize Paul himself alone in the catholic church, to put no one beside him. Or rather the enemy wanted this to canonize and make holy only a few. This ensured that we would never attain to it, feeling it is a calling too lofty for the average Christian. We then cannot evangelize or be apostles, or really do the work of Christ. This is only for a few and Paul being extra special. The truth is the Lord would use any of us the same way He did Paul.

The catholic church claims to stand firm on tradition--and refuses to accept what they call "modernization". But if we study history, we will find that the Roman church changed church operation hundreds of years ago. They re-defined the church to fit the Roman empire's idea of rule and hierarchy and authority. The real truth is that what the catholic church calls it's "tradition" is in fact a modernization--a change--that Roman emperors and rulers of the dark ages put in affect. The fact is that we all the church have been operating in a kind of darkness for hundreds of years--and calling it "correct church tradition".

If we really wanted true tradition--we ought to seek after the tradition that Jesus handed to us in the Bible.