Scripture: Colossians 4

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Further Instructions

Colossians 4:1-1-6 (WEB) 1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.  Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving, praying together for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds, that I may reveal it as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Questions and Answers:

1. Why should masters (employers) give their servants (employees) that which is just and equal (Colossians 4:1)? Employers should give their employees what is just and equal because they have a master in heaven.

2. What did Paul ask the Colossian believers to do (Colossians 4:2-4)? Paul asked the Colossian believers to continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful and thankful. And for them to pray a door for the Word would open so they could speak the mystery of Christ. 

3. How were the Colossian believers to walk and talk (Colossian 4:5-6)? The Colossian believers were to walk in wisdom toward those who were outside the church and make the most of every opportunity.  They were to speak with grace.

Final Greetings

Colossians 4:7-18 (WEB) All my affairs will be made known to you by Tychicus, the beloved brother, faithful servant, and fellow bondservant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you everything that is going on here.  10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you received commandments, “if he comes to you, receive him”), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for God’s Kingdom who are of the circumcision, men who have been a comfort to me.  12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always striving for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I testify about him that he has great zeal for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. 15 Greet the brothers who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the assembly that is in his house. 16 When this letter has been read among you, cause it to be read also in the assembly of the Laodiceans, and that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 Tell Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.”  18 The salutation of me, Paul, with my own hand: remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Questions and Answers:

1. Who was Tychicus and why did Paul send him to the Colossian believers (Colossians 4:7-8)? Tychicus, the beloved, brother, faithful servant and fellow bondservant in the Lord, was sent to tell them all the news about Paul.  To let them know about their circumstances and to encourage them.

2. Who was traveling with Tychicus (Colossians 4:9-10) Onesimus, Paul’s faithful and dear brother was coming with Tychicus.  Together Onesimus and Tychicus would tell the Colossian believers everything that was happening with Paul.

3. What did Paul say Epaphras, a fellow Colossian, was always doing (Colossians 4:12-13)? Epaphras was always striving for the Colossian believers in his prayers, so that they might stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.  Epaphras had great zeal (he was working hard) for the Colossian believers and others.

4. What was Paul’s message to Archippus (Colossians 4:17)? Paul’s message to Archippus was “take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.”

HEAR the WORD

Colossians 4:17 (NIV) Tell Archippus, “See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.” (this is a message from Paul to Archippus)

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  Could this be a message to each of us who’ve been called by God? I believe so.  My Bible notes: There are many ways for us to leave our work unfinished.  We can easily get sidetracked morally, we can become exhausted and stop, we can get mad and quit, or we can let it slide and leave it up to others. 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Do you know the work you’ve been called to do?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We should see to it that we finish God’s assignments, completing the work we have received.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will treat others fairly (Colossians 4:1). Lord, I pray we will devote ourselves to prayer and be watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2).  Lord, I pray we will proclaim Your Word clearly (Colossians 4:3-4). Lord, I pray we will be wise in the way we act toward those outside the church.  I pray we will make the most of every opportunity (Colossians 4:5).  Lord, I pray our conversation will always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:6).  Lord, I pray we will be encouragers to those around us (Colossians 4:8).  Lord, I pray our fellow believers will stand firm in all Your will, mature and fully assured in what they believe (Colossians 4:12).  Lord, I pray we will complete the work You have given us to do (Colossians 4:17).  Lord, I pray for those who are even now being mistreated because of their faith in You (Colossians 4:18).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I faithfully pray for others.” <>< Dona