- Colossians 4:7-12
- Col 4:7 (KJB)
- All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a
beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the
- Declare - Will make known
- Fellowservant - Fellow slave of Christ
- Paul had sent Tychicus to the Colossians to bring them news of Paul’s
condition. Tychicus was also sent to Ephesus to bring and maybe read the
Epistle to the Ephesians. He also had some mission to take care of in Crete.
His name means “Fortunate.” He was called a faithful minister or servant and
Paul called him his fellow slave in Christ. It seems likely that Tychicus
had permission to be with Paul while he was in prison and helped him out by
delivering the letters that he wrote.
- Col 4:8 (KJB)
- Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your
estate, and comfort your hearts;
- Estate - Concerns
- It was obvious that the Colossian Christians had major concerns about
Paul’s welfare because it was well-known back then that if you were in a
Roman prison, the chances are good that you would never come out alive. So
Paul had sent Tychicus to them for the purpose of giving them a report on
Paul’s situation. If they had the most up to date information on Paul, they
would be able to pray more intelligently for him, that is, more
specifically. He also wanted Tychicus to comfort their hearts and to let
them now that Paul realizes that whatever happens to him is always in the
hand of the Lord and God knows exactly what He is doing in the lives of
every one of His children. Paul wanted them to be at peace with his
situation just as he was.
- Col 4:9 (KJB)
- With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you.
They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
- Onesimus was the slave of Philemon who ran away and met up with Paul in
Rome where he became a Christian. Philemon was a Christian master and Paul
had written him a letter asking him to take back Onesimus as a brother and
not as a slave. Onesimus means “profitable” and by the time Paul had written
his letter to the Colossians, Onesimus had become a “faithful and beloved
- Notice how Paul stated that he was one of them. He was basically telling
them that Onesimus was a child of God. Both he and Tychicus would come to
Colossae and would give them all the information at hand concerning Paul’s
case before Caesar.
- Col 4:10 (KJB)
- Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to
Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you,
- Paul begins to mention some friends and fellow laborers. He starts out
with Aristarchus whose name means “the best ruler.” He was a Macedonian of
Thessalonica. He was a convert from Judaism and a fellow prisoner. He was
either in prison with Paul by sentence or voluntarily became a prisoner to
aid Paul or the term is being spoken of metaphorically as a fellow prisoner
of Christ. Then he mentions Marcus, who is John Mark, he had abandoned Paul
and Barnabas during the first missionary journey. John Mark was a cousin to
Barnabas. Paul had asked them to receive him because maybe word had reached
Colossae that he had abandoned Paul but now that is history and Paul does
not want that situation to fester in their minds.
- Col 4:11 (KJB)
- 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.
- Here Paul mentions Jesus Justus another Jewish person who became a great
comfort to Paul. The name Jesus was a common Jewish name “Joshua or Jeshua”
and it was coupled with his Latin surname “Justus” which means “the just or
the righteous.” Paul states that these three men named in this and in the
previous verse were the only Jews who were assisting Paul at that time. He
states that they were a great comfort to him.
- Col 4:12 (KJB)
- 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.
- Saluteth - Greets
- Labouring fervently - Striving or agonizing
- Perfect - Full-grown or mature
- Complete - Accomplished or brought to completion
- The name Epaphras means “foamy or charming.” From what can be gathered
about him, it was he that started the church at Colossae, Laodicea and
Hierapolis. Epaphras must have been a mighty prayer warrior because he had
prayed fervently for them that they would continue to grow until they were
fully mature in the faith and he prayed that their growth was in the will of
God, even if the will of God for them was persecution, that it would work
out to their spiritual growth and glory of God.