“As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;”
King James Version (KJV)
1:7 The fellowservant - Of Paul and Timotheus.
Col 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras. "Also" in the Common Version is not found in the best MSS. They had learned of the gospel, its truth, its hope, and fruit from Epaphras, who probably planted the church under Paul's direction. Where he was converted we are not informed, but possibly at Ephesus, the capital of the province, during Paul's stay of three years there. Some have held that he is the same as the Epaphroditus of Php 2:25; 4:18, but this is not probable. He is highly commended here and in Col 4:12 and in the latter place is identified with the Colossian church.