(ahr kip' uhs) GREEK: ARCHIPPOS

Paul commended Archippus, a leader of the church at Colossae, as a "fellow soldier" (Philem. 2) and urged him to "fulfill the ministry which you have received in the Lord" (Col. 4:17). The term "fellow soldier," which Paul also used of Epaphroditus of Philippi, meant not only that Archippus aided Paul in his missionary work, but also that he had probably shared "in suffering as a good soldier" (2 Tim. 2:3) for the faith. Since he, along with Philemon and Apphia, is one of three individuals to whom the letter to Philemon was addressed, it is possible that he was a relative of Philemon who shared his house, where the congregation met.

{E2 Dictionary of Biblical People}

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