The famous preaching brother (2 Cor. 8:18)

“With him,

We are sending

The brother

Who was famous

Among all the churches

For his preaching

Of the gospel.”

συνεπέμψαμεν δὲ μετ’ αὐτοῦ τὸν ἀδελφὸν οὗ ὁ ἔπαινος ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ διὰ πασῶν τῶν ἐκκλησιῶν,

Paul said that he was sending (συνεπέμψαμεν) with him (δὲ μετ’ αὐτοῦ), the brother (τὸν ἀδελφὸν) who was famous (οὗ ὁ ἔπαινος) among all the churches (διὰ πασῶν τῶν ἐκκλησιῶν) for his preaching of the gospel (ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word συνεπέμψαμεν, that means to send with or together with.  Paul indicated that he was sending someone special with Titus.  This Christian believer brother was well known among the Corinthian believers because he was a preacher of the gospel of Jesus.  Some have speculated that this famous preacher may have been Luke, the writer of the fourth gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.  Certainly, Luke was with Paul on some of his missionary work.  However, this famous gospel orator remains unidentified.  In other words, this was a strong delegation sent to collect the money for the Jerusalem Christians.  Do you know any famous Christian preachers?

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