Grab your Bible and read along with me. This is the last installment in the Colossians series I have been doing. Enjoy and be blessed!
Verse 2 – Devote yourselves to prayer (Be disciplined about it, focused, committed to praying for others) Keeping Alert (Like Paul said in Ephesians 6 – like a soldier standing watch – watching top thwart the advances of the enemy and to advance the Lord’s plans), Attitude of Thanksgiving (Why not? – The Lord is in charge, He is faithful. Why wouldn’t you want to thank Him for His constant care??)
Verse 3 – Open Up To Us A Door For the Word – Don’t we use that phrase a lot? God please open a door here or there or for this or that?
Verse 4 – Make it Clear – That is what we want. We want opportunities for clear communication about spiritual things with people. Pay attention to what people are saying and be a good conversationalist. Remember you are not trying to pressure someone into a sale, you are not a salesman. Take the pressure off of yourself and build some common ground. When the opportunity presents itself though for spiritual talk, make it clear.
Verse 5 – Conduct yourselves with wisdom towards Outsiders – Remember that your life, the way you talk, the way you do things, the way you handle people, the way you do business, your habits, etc are all seen by believers and unbelievers. Ask God for wisdom so that you are a positive witness and not a turn off – for the things of Christ.
Early Christians were viewed with distrust by ‘outsiders’ for these reasons:
- They were considered atheists because they did not worship the gods of Greece & Rome
- They were labeled as unpatriotic because they would not burn incense before the emperor’s image.
- Some accused them of having orgies because they had ‘love feasts’, which was actually a large meal followed by the Lord’s Supper.
- Others called them cannibals because they misunderstood what it meant to eat and drink the body and blood of Christ.
- Because of these and other misunderstandings it was important that their behavior be on the ‘up and up’ among those not Christians.
Verse 5 continued
Making the most of the opportunity – Also means ‘redeeming the time’ Be salt and light and bring redemption into the situations you find yourself in, rather than bringing fleshliness, discord or confusion.
Verse 6 – Speech, Grace, Seasoned With Salt, Know How To Respond – What you say and how you say it makes an impact on people. When people think of you and your mouth do they think good things like salt, or do they think of bitter apple (something you spray in a dog’s mouth to get them to stop barking or carrying on. When people think of you and what you say, do they hear a critical spirit? An encourager? A lecture? A good sense of humor? Life? Anxiety and a worrier? Plus do you listen to others or is talking to you a one way thing, where you do all the talking and they can’t get a word in ‘sledge wise’?
Verses 7 & 8 – Tychicus – a close friend of Paul. He probably delivered Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Tychicus was an encourager!
Verse 9 – Onesimus – Probably went with Tychicus to Colossae. Tychicus may have also carried Paul’s letter to Philemon, who was Onesimus master.
Verse 10 – Aristarchus, Mark – For the next several verses Paul greeted several friends and complimented others. Paul really appreciated these folks. He was not a 1 man show. Many were part of the team in Colossae. Mark was one of the Gospel writers.
Verse 11 – Jesus called Justus
Verses 12& 13 – Epaphras – He has a deep concern for you.
Verse 14 – Luke, Demas – Luke was also one of the Gospel writers. He accompanied Paul on many of his missionary trips.
Verse 15 – Laodicea – It was a real place with real people, a real church and Paul apparently wrote a letter to them, which he wanted shared with the Colossians and vice versa. Apparently that letter was lost. Nympha – The church that met in her house
Verse 17 – Archippus
Verse 18 – Paul, my own hand – Paul probably dictated his letter to someone else who wrote it down for him. At the end of the letter like this though, he wrote his own little greeting.
Wrap up the book and close in prayer…
- Thanksgiving for the Life More Abundantly That God Has Given Us In Christ! – hope laid up for you, filled with the fullness of Christ (Chap 1)
- The Incomparable Christ – He rescued us and transferred us (Chap 1. He is the image of the invisible God (Chap 1). Christ in you! (Chap 1).
- 2:7 – As you have received Christ, so walk in Him, firmly rooted, built up, established. Don’t be deceived by those espousing false teaching.(Chap 2)
- Put aside the deeds of the flesh and put on the new self and the fruit of the Spirit that go with it. (Chap 3)
- Words of wisdom to Wives, Husbands, Children, Fathers, Employees, Employers. (Chap 3)
- Be devoted to prayer. Watch your conduct. Let your Words be salted with life. Be a faithful servant of the Lord in our local church.