- Colossians 4:13-18
- Col 4:13 (KJB)
- For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you,
and them that are in Laodicea and them in Hierapolis.
- Record - Witness
- Zeal - Fervor or enthusiasm
- This verse continues to teach how much zeal Epaphras had for the
Colossian church. There was Gnosticism brought into the church and that was
one of the things that Epaphras had agonized in prayer about so the
Christians would not be taken in. Not only was he fervent in prayer for
Colossae but also Hierapolis and Laodicea. Paul was a witness to the fact
that he was a great prayer warrior and prayed against false doctrine
entering into the church.
- Col 4:14 (KJB)
- Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
- Luke, who was the human author of Luke and Acts had accompanied Paul on
portions of his second and third missionary journey.
(2 Tim 4:10 KJV) For Demas hath forsaken me,
having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens
to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. When Paul wrote
the letter to the Colossians, Demas was still faithful but maybe he began to
get the desire of the big city while he was in Rome and eventually had
forsaken Paul and the true Gospel. It must have been a rapid departure
because 2 Timothy was only about a year or two after Colossians.
(1 John 2:19 KJV) They went out from us, but
they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt
have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made
manifest that they were not all of us. Sometimes
the reality is that people who we think are saved are really not and
eventually they prove it by falling away.
- Col 4:15 (KJB)
- Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church
which is in his house.
- During the very early days of the church, the believers met in the
houses since there were no official assemblies yet. Paul mentions Nymphas by
name only once and that is here. We do not know if Nymphas was a teacher or
if he just used his house to allow the Christians to meet there. If there is
no church in a neighborhood and a person has a place available for meeting,
then they need not be a gifted teacher or pastor, just make the place
available and the Lord will send the right people to teach. So even if you
have no gift of teaching, you can still be used mightily of the Lord.
- Col 4:16 (KJB)
- 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
- Paul wrote his letters specifically to certain churches but they may
have become cyclical letters. It is believed that the epistle from Laodicea
may have been the Epistle to the Ephesians but why would it not be referred
to as that, even though Ephesus was the chief city of Laodicea. There is no
evidence for that either so it still remains a little mystery. Nevertheless,
Paul had desired to make sure that the Colossian letter was read among all
the believers and also read in the church.
- Col 4:17 (KJB)
- And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast
received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
- Take heed to - Watch, behold, and notice
- Fulfill - Make complete or supply fully
- Archippus may have been the son of Philemon and Apphia because he was in
the house of Philemon. (Phile 1:2 KJV)
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to
the church in thy house: Paul refers to him as a
strong brother in the Gospel. He may have had double duty in that he was
doing ministry in both the church at Colossae and in the church in the home
of Philemon. Paul encourages Archippus to take heed to the ministry the Lord
has given him and that he continues to minister in the strength of the Lord,
thus fulfilling his ministry calling. Paul counsels him to remain strong in
the ministry. This is also an admonition for us today. If the Lord has given
us a ministry, then we are to be zealous to fulfill that ministry to the
best of our spiritual abilities.
- Col 4:18 (KJB)
- The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace
be with you. Amen.
- Remember - Recall, keep in mind, or be mindful
- Paul apparently had someone else pen the epistle while he dictated it.
This may have been necessary if he would have some type of physical
affliction. After all the Apostle Paul went through in body, it would be
amazing that he could still get out of bed in the morning. He also requests
that they remember his bonds, not to feel sorry for him, but to pray about
his situation and maybe the Lord would allow him to leave the prison and
continue ministering. He also wanted them to realize that his situation was
by the will of God and not by man. God could have freed him in a heartbeat
but it was Godís plan that Paul be in prison at that time. Again we must
always keep in mind that Godís ways are not our ways. He ends this Epistle
by wishing them the Grace of God. The grace of God was so active in Paulís
life that he desired all Christians to know that grace more intimately each
and every day.