One Last Charge

A Study of Colossians 4:17–18

And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen. (Colossians 4:17–18)

As we have reached the end of this great epistle in God’s Word, the apostle has a charge to one, Archippus.  This Archippus is associated with Philemon, possibly a member of his household, as we read in the epistle to Philemon.

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Two Baptisms Involving the Holy Spirit

There are two baptisms which involve the Holy Spirit which often are mixed and considered to be one and the same.

Many Christians who stand firmly for the distinctiveness of the 3 Persons of the Godhead do not consider the difference in these baptisms.  In the first case, that baptism which occurred in the upper room before the Apostle Peter preached on the day of Pentecost following our Lord Jesus’ resurrection, it was God the Son Who did the baptizing, while the Holy Spirit is the content with which the people were baptized.

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House Church

A Study of Colossians 4:15–16

 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. (Colossians 4:15–16)

A few closing salutations from the apostle to the Colossians come as we near the end of this blessed epistle.  Paul sent his own salutations through the Colossian assembly to another group of brethren in Laodicea, a city not far from Colosse.

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Grace

church-history-graphicThis is chapter 2 from The Gospel and its Ministry by Sir Robert Anderson.  This is a beautiful chapter extolling the greatness of God’s grace against the backdrop of man’s great wickedness.  I sat down and read this again.  Then I sat down and read it again and decided that it is certainly worth sharing.  I hope all of you enjoy it, and if you would like the book, it can be downloaded by clicking on the title in red at the beginning of this paragraph, or you can purchase a paper copy here.

“The Gospel of the glory of the blessed God!”¹

“Show me Thy glory, I beseech Thee,” was the prayer of Moses; and God answered, “I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of Jehovah before thee, and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (Exodus 33:18, 19). God’s highest glory displays itself in sovereign grace, therefore it is that the gospel of His grace is the gospel of His glory.

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Perfect and Complete

A Study of Colossians 4:12–13

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. (Colossians 4:12–13)

We first met Epaphras in chapter 1, where we found out that the Colossian saints learned the gospel of the grace of God from him:

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