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Paul moves toward the conclusion of his letter.
Colossians 4:2-6
Even the one who has the least options is to do his work wholeheartedly to the Lord.
Colossians 3:22-4:1
The Christ-centeredness of these calls to submission and instructions to the ones in authority are radical.
Colossians 3:18-21
The overarching banner of the new person is love.
Colossians 3:12-17
Put your worldliness to death. Get rid of vice. And do not lie to your brothers and sisters.
Colossians 3:5-11
Verses 3-4 is a tri-fold ground to the command to occupy our minds with what (WHO!) matters most--Christ, our ascended and seated Lord.
Colossians 3:1-4
Man-made, religious rules have no value to curb the real problem of our fallen human nature.
Colossians 2:20-23
The centrality of Christ is what frees us from the obsession with peripheral matters.
Colossians 2:16-19
Knowing the exalted Christ is the antidote to deception.
Colossians 2:6-15
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!
Colossians 2:1-5
While Christ's atoning suffering is complete once for all, his sufferings continue through his servants.
Colossians 1:24-29
The purpose of gospel reconciliation is to be presented holy to the Father.
Colossians 1:21-23
All things have been created in Christ and through Christ and for Christ!
Colossians 1:15-20
Paul prays for their knowledge of God's will to the end of producing in them a lifestyle of thanksgiving for Christ.
Colossians 1:9-14
Here is yet one more passage in Scripture that undermines the idea that one can be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.
Colossians 1:3-8
How trusting in God empowers Moses to think, choose, and act in a way that enables him to endure suffering for the sake of lasting joy
Hebrews 11:24-26
Central idea--persevere in the trials that are designed to perfect you.
James 1:2-4
God's assessment of who we are is the only assessment that ultimately matters.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Lord, help me to think, trust, and act like Moses when I am tempted to pursue life's fleeting pleasures
Hebrews 11:23-28
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Final Greetings, part 1
Colossians 4:7-11
Paul wants the Colossians to be informed about how he is doing and to encourage their hearts.
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Published April 3rd, 2017
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Paul begins now his final greetings by telling the Colossians about Tychicus and why he is sending him to Colossae(7). Paul is sending him along with Onesimus (Philemon's run away slave who became Paul's child in prison--Philemon 8-17). Paul wants the Colossians to be informed about how he is doing and to encourage their hearts (8-9). "That" in v. 8 makes this purpose explicit. In verses 10-11 Paul sends greetings from several Jewish believers (men of the circumcision, 11b) whom he describes as his "fellow workers for the Kingdom". They have been a comfort to Paul most likely by attending to him in his imprisonment in Rome (notice in Acts 28:how freely Paul could receive visitors during his Roman imprisonment).
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Colossians 4:7-11
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Τὰ κατʼ ἐμὲ πάντα γνωρίσει ὑμῖν Τύχικος
Tychicus will tell you all about my activities.
ὁ ἀγαπητὸς ἀδελφὸς καὶ πιστὸς διάκονος καὶ σύνδουλος ἐν κυρίῳ,
He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
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ὃν ἔπεμψα πρὸς ὑμᾶς εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο,
I have sent him to you for this very purpose,
ἵνα γνῶτε τὰ περὶ ἡμῶν
that you may know how we are
καὶ παρακαλέσῃ τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν,
and that he may encourage your hearts,
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σὺν Ὀνησίμῳ τῷ πιστῷ καὶ ἀγαπητῷ ἀδελφῷ, ὅς ἐστιν ἐξ ὑμῶν•
and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you.
πάντα ὑμῖν γνωρίσουσιν τὰ ὧδε.
They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
Ἀσπάζεται ὑμᾶς Ἀρίσταρχος ὁ συναιχμάλωτός μου
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you,
καὶ Μᾶρκος ὁ ἀνεψιὸς Βαρναβᾶ
and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (greets you)
(περὶ οὗ ἐλάβετε ἐντολάς,
(Mark is the one concerning whom you have received instructions—
ἐὰν ἔλθῃ πρὸς ὑμᾶς,
if he comes to you,
δέξασθε αὐτόν)
then welcome him),
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καὶ Ἰησοῦς ὁ λεγόμενος Ἰοῦστος,
and Jesus who is called Justus.
οἱ ὄντες ἐκ περιτομῆς, οὗτοι μόνοι συνεργοὶ εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ,
These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God,
οἵτινες ἐγενήθησάν μοι παρηγορία.
and they have been a comfort to me.
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