“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)
The Basket Case Chronicles #201
“I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied. For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such” (1 Cor. 16:17–18).
Paul rejoiced over the arrival of three emissaries from the Corinthian church. They filled in for the absence of the Corinthians, and they filled up what was lacking from the Corinthians. This may have included a financial gift, but in any case the three men provided a covenantal synecdoche—a part for the whole. Three men stood in for the whole church. Paul’s fellowship with them was sweet, and Paul noted that they had been refreshing on both ends of their journey. They had refreshed Paul’s spirit upon arriving, and they had refreshed the spirits of the Corinthians before departing. Such men should be recognized and noted. Men who have that gift are obvious, but it is still tragically easy to miss them.