Philemon 23–25 (ESV)
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, 24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Paul mentions five friends who serve with
him or support him in the Gospel ministry. This is only part of the network of God’s people, which includes Onesimus, Philemon, and now us. We should cherish this network of fellowship and support and not take it for granted. God has called us into His
kingdom and made us part of His family, and He will help us and use us to help and encourage one another.
I pray: Lord, make me a useful servant. Thank You for my near
and extended family in Christ. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2097.