Philippians 2:25

I counted it (hghsamhn). Epistolary aorist from the point of view of the readers. Epaphroditus (Epaproditon). Common name, though only in Philippians in N.T., contracted into Epaphras, though not the same man as Epaphras in Colossians 1:7 . Note one article ton (the) with the three epithets given in an ascending scale (Lightfoot), brother (adelpon, common sympathy), fellow-worker (sunergon, common work), fellow-soldier (sunstratiwthn, common danger as in Philemon 1:2 ). Mou (my) and umwn (your) come together in sharp contrast. Messenger (apostolon). See 2 Corinthians 8:23 for this use of apostolo as messenger (missionary). Minister (leitourgon). See on Romans 13:6 ; Romans 15:16 for this ritualistic term.