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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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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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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Fellow Workers unto the Kingdom of God

A Study of Colossians 4:10–11

Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. (Colossians 4:10–11)

The first of Paul’s fellow laborers is also called a fellow prisoner.  We might call him a cell mate, although being a fellow prisoner does not necessarily mean in the same prison, but in prison for the same reason.  Paul was a prisoner of Jesus Christ for the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:1), and also a prisoner for the mystery of Christ (Colossians 4:3).  Aristarchus was a prisoner in bonds (not free to come and go as he pleased), somewhere near to the apostle so as he could add his salutations, but he is more a fellow prisoner for the same cause:  the mystery of Christ.

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Two Servants

A Study of Colossians 4:7–9

All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. (Colossians 4:7–9)

Walking and Talking

A Study of Colossians 4:5–6

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (Colossians 4:5–6)

In Colossians 1:9, Paul lets the saints know that he is praying for them to be “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”, and here he is exhorting them to walk in this wisdom.  In chapter 2, Paul tells them of his striving for them to know “the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2–3).  Later, there is a warning against falling prey to man’s “philosophy and vain deceit” (Colossians 2:8), and then he goes on to tell the riches of being complete in Christ.

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The Mystery of Christ

This is chapter 5 from Forgotten Truths by Sir Robert Anderson. This chapter fits in well with the last study on the mystery of Christ, so I though that I would share it. Enjoy!

church-history-graphicTHE Bible has suffered more from Christian exponents than from infidel assailants. The prophets of Israel, “moved by the Holy Spirit,” spoke with united voice of a time when righteousness and peace would triumph and rule upon the earth; but “old-fashioned orthodoxy” interpreted their glowing periods much as an American crowd interprets the rhodomontade of political stump orators at election times!  And thus the sublime words of the Hebrew Scriptures are supposed to find their fulfillment in the history of Christendom. They are read as referring to us and to our own age. And after us, the deluge! What wonder is it that sensible men of the world are skeptical both about the past predictions and the coming deluge! On this system of exegesis, for example, the sublime flights of Isaiah, when reduced to sober prose, find their realization — I repeat the phrase — in a pandemonium and a bonfire! This nightmare system of interpreting Holy Scripture makes the sacred pages seem to unbelief a hopeless maze of mysticism.

As we open the New Testament narrative we read that “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” And “when John was cast into prison,” the Lord Himself took up this same testimony, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1, 2; 4:17). Now the only meaning these words can bear, is that the time was at hand when heaven would rule upon earth,¹ a hope which, as the inspired Apostle declared at Pentecost, was the burden of Hebrew prophecy. But, as we have seen, the fulfillment of that hope has been postponed owing to the apostasy and sin of the Covenant people. And, because of its postponement, it has dropped out of the creed of Christendom; albeit Christendom, million-mouthed, daily recites the words the Lord Himself has given us with which to pray for its fulfillment — “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.” With the vast majority of Christians that prayer is merely a pious incantation; but the words are His own, and they shall be realized to the full. And yet, “in our covert atheism” — to borrow a phrase from Charles Kingsley — those who cherish this belief are commonly regarded as fanatics.

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A Door of Utterance

A Study of Colossians 4:2–4

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. (Colossians 4:2–4)

In the first chapter, Paul tells the assembly of his thankfulness for them, and of his prayer for them.  Now, he makes a request of these saints that they would pray for him, and for those with him.  Since this is a letter from Paul with Timothy, the “us” must refer to them.

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Labor Relations, Part 2

A Study of Colossians 3:25–4:1

But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 3:25–4:1)

We started this look at labor relations as a practical outworking of reckoning ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord as it affects “servants”.  Now we will look at how it affects “masters”.

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