Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need.
I am sending him because he has been longing to see you, and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill.
And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.
So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and then I will not be so worried about you.
Welcome him in the Lord’s love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve.
References for Philippians 2:29
For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.