Colossians 4:7-18, July 28, 2019
Blessings of Fellow Believers
4:7-8 Tychicus. Name means fortuitous or fortunate. He was a fellow bond-servant to Jesus. His purpose was to inform the church about what resulted in Paul’s imprisonment and to encourage fellow believers.
4:9 Onesimus. He was a brother in Christ, a faithful brother, a brother loved by Paul and believers in Rome – and Paul wants not only Philemon to love Onesimus, but the church at Colossae as well – especially because he was one of them. Like Tychicus he was also to inform the church about Paul’s imprisonment.
4:10-14 Encouraging One Another:
May those who fear You rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in Your word.
Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.
4:10-11 Jewish Fellow Workers. Aristarchus, means ruler of the dinner, was Paul’s fellow prisoner because of his faith in Christ. Mark, better known as John Mark, was the author of the Gospel of Mark. Jesus Justus who probably changed his name to Justus after his conversion was a Jew, a fellow worker, and a source of comfort to Paul.
4:12-14 Gentile Fellow Workers. Epaphras was from the church at Colossae, clearly a believer and servant of Christ. He was a prayer warrior whose prayers were intense and persistent because he was a real in depth compassionate concern for the believers in his region – the Colossians, the Laodiceans, and those in Hierapolis. Luke was with Paul when he was imprisoned in Caesarea where it is believed he wrote his Gospel. He was also with Paul during his imprisonment in Rome for two years where it is believed he finished writing the book of Acts. Demas, while with Paul in Rome, later deserted Paul because of his love of the world (2 Timothy 4:10) at the time Paul was facing his death.
4:15-16 Paul’s Readers at Laodicea. Paul’s brethren at Laodicea, brother and sisters there, fellow believers. Nympha was an influential believer, who owned a home and permitted a church to meet there. Note – separate church buildings did not become a reality until the third century. Letter to Colossae was to be read in the church at Laodicea. Second letter to from Laodicea was to be read t Colossae – believed to be the letter to the Ephesians.
4:17 Archippus. His name means horse ruler. Paul wanted the church to encourage Archippus, who was not to be swayed over his ministry. His ministry came from the Lord, thus was ultimately responsible to Christ for his success or failure.
4:18 Request & Blessing. Signed in his own hand, Paul asks to be remembered – prayed for. Then Paul closes simply with Grace be with you reminding everyone you are saved by grace and grace alone – the purpose of this letter.
Jesus + nothing = Everything
Jesus and only Jesus = Grace