Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A is for Apphia

Women of the Bible from A to Z series
A – Apphia, acknowledge in the 2nd verse of Philemon.
"This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace." Philemon 1-3
Scholars presume Apphia was the wife of the book’s namesake, Philemon probably because she is listed as Paul thanked them for their hospitality. They lived in the city of Colosse (or Colassa), between Hierapolis and Laodica near the great road from Ephesus to the Euphrates River. [The modern town of Chonas or Chonum now occupies a site near Colosse’s ruins.] Philemon, a much beloved and respected student of the Apostle Paul is also mentioned in the Colossians 4:9.
This passage is the only mention of Apphia, but her name means “increasing.” Synonyms of “increasing” include grow, escalate, amplify, encourage, foster, and proliferate. I imagine Apphia as a woman dedicated to spreading the Gospel and increasing the Kingdom of God.
How might have Apphia lived up to her name? Did she bring aid to the hurting, the sick, or the poor? Do you think she baked bread for the widow in her community? Maybe she quilted blankets for the homeless or taught scriptures to the neighborhood children. Did a smile on her face expose her love for Jesus to everyone she met? I don’t really know, I can only imagine.
What do you think about Apphia?

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