Colossians 1:7-8: Epaphras: An Example of the Gospel
Colossians 1:7-8: Just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 
As Paul opens his epistle, he begins describing the Trinity’s regenerating work which leads to true love.  Paul also discusses how the Holy Spirit enables faith, love, and hope which produce Christian fruit(s).  Now, Paul points to someone who lives the Gospel: Epaphras. Interestingly, we know very little about Epaphras.  What little we know indicates that Epaphras was likely the first person who shared the Gospel with the Colossians and was “a faithful minister.” 
While we know a tiny bit about Epaphras, what we know about him has real value. Epaphras was marked by sharing and living the Gospel. Christians: our life goal should be to be like Epaphras, to know Christ and make His name great.  Surround yourselves with believers like Epaphras that they may help you grow in godliness and spread the good news.  If you are an unbeliever, two thousand years from now, who will the legacy of your life point to? The good things that last forever are God’s.  When you confess your sin and come to Jesus as your only Savior, you will start a journey in what is eternally good and true. 
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (Wheaton, IL: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Logos Bible Software. All Scripture references will be ESV unless stated otherwise.
 Colossians 1:3-4. See also the blog titled “God’s Work: Reason for Rejoicing” which is on these verses.
 Colossians 1:5-6. See also the blog titled “Faith, Love, Hope, and their Fruits” which is on these verses.
 F.F. Bruce. Commentary on the Epistle to the Colossians, The English Text with Introduction, Exposition, and Notes. (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1982), 182.
 Bruce, Colossians, 181-82. See also Colossians 1:7-8.
 1 Corinthians 2:1-2; Philippians 2:9-11; Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 1:8.
 Proverbs 27:17; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Hebrews 10:25; 2 Corinthians 8:23, etc.
 Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:25.
 Proverbs 1:1-33; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.