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Archippus

Archippus, from the Greek name (pronounced) ark-hip-os, meaning in charge of horses, was one of the many little-known Christian servants (Minister means servant) of God mentioned in the New Testament. Paul refers to Archippus as his "fellowsoldier," a correct translation by the King James Version of the original Greek term which meant exactly that.

"Archippus our fellowsoldier"

Saints Paul greeted Archippus in his epistle (see Epistles) to Philemon, describing him as our "fellowsoldier," while referring to others, such as Philemon, as our "fellowlaborer." The reason for the different terms is not explained further in the Scriptures.

"Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ [for the reason that Paul called himself a "prisoner" of Christ, see the Fact Finder question below], and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer [see Labourers Of The Harvest], And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house: Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

"I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus." (Philemon 1:1-6 KJV)

Paul again sends a message to Archippus, this time in his epistle to the Colossians, encouraging him to fulfill the ministry that he was given. The epistle identifies a number of other "unsung heroes" of early Christianity who were active as witnesses (see Martyrs to understand how witness and martyr originally meant the same thing) of the The Gospel of The Kingdom of God.

"All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here."

"Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him; And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me."

"Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea and them in Hierapolis."

"Luke, the beloved physician [i.e. Luke who wrote the Gospel book of Luke and the Book of Acts], and Demas, greet you."

"Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea [see also Bible Places]. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it." (Colossians 4:7-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did the term "Christian" originate?
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