“And Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.”
David had his “mighty men.” Here are Paul’s mighty men.
“And Jesus who is called Justus”
This is the only occurrence of this person in the New Testament. “Jesus” is the Greek name for the Hebrew Joshua. Jesus was a common name among Jews of this day.
It may be that this Jesus was called Justus in deference to Jesus the Lord. Justus means “righteous.” Justus was a common name (Acts 1:23; 18:7).
Paul does not disclose this man’s service. However, in the next phrase he calls him a “fellow worker.”
“These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision”
A fellow-servant, a fellow-prisoner and Justus a fellow-worker were fellow Jews advancing the kingdom of God with Paul. So Aristarchus, Mark and Justus were Jews.
“they have proved to be a comfort to me”
Friendship in ministry is one of the great side benefits of kingdom work. These colleagues were a source of great comfort to the apostle. This comfort came to Paul by their loyalty to him under times of duress.
The Greek for “comfort” here is the only occurrence in the New Testament. It is a medical term meaning the comfort that relieves both mind and body. The word here means to kill pain or alleviate pain in suffering. Some believers are a pain in the neck. Others relieve pain.
God expects us to alleviate pain in others.
We cannot relieve the sufferings of others if we are legalistic. Pseudo spirituality always causes pain. If we are tied up in knots, we will not spiritually refresh other people. People who have illusions about themselves cannot bless others. They think that others cannot get along without them.
The Christian who runs around trying to impress others cannot bless others. They intrude into the private affairs of others. Sometimes the reason people are so antagonistic toward us is that we are such jerks. That is why people are down on us.
Are we a comfort to people or are we a headache to them?