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by Wayne Blank
"Archippus our fellowsoldier"
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."
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."
Fact Finder: How did the term "Christian" originate?