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Fortunatus

Fortunatus, from the Greek Phortounatos, meaning fortunate, or blessed, was a Christian from Corinth (shown in the photograph below) who brought much-needed assistance to the apostle Paul at Ephesus (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey), and then returned, with Stephanas and Achaicus, possibly (although not certain) carrying Paul's first epistle (see Epistles) to the Corinthians (see 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians).

"Give recognition to such men"

Corinth Closing remarks from the first epistle to the Corinthians, which Fortunatus could have (and from the context of what Paul said about them, very possibly did) carried back to Corinth (the epistle also indicates how the once-aggressive Paul mellowed with age and the Holy Spirit):

"Now concerning the contribution for the saints [see What Is A Saint?]: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me."

"I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may speed me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now just in passing; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries."

"When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of The Lord, as I am. So let no one despise him. Speed him on his way in peace, that he may return to me; for I am expecting him with the brethren."

"As for our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brethren, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity."

"Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."

"Now, brethren, you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints; I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence; for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such men."

"The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss."

I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand."

"If any one has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!"

"The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you." (1 Corinthians 16:1-23 RSV)

Fact Finder: Is the true Christian church (see What Is The Church?) composed of people of many different talents and responsibilities?
See "Varieties Of Gifts, But The Same Spirit"


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