Colossians Bible Study

Raised with Christ (Conclusion, Colossians 4:2-18)

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It has been my prayer that this time in the Word has helped you better understand the unmerited sacrifice of redemption that we have received and the new life we have because we have been raised with Christ.

May we be strengthened by his power to live worthy of our calling, with the assurance that his sacrifice is sufficient to give us victory over our sin. 

Paul’s Exhortations

Prayer and Thanksgiving (v. 2)

We are exhorted to remain in prayer, in constant communication with God. Remembering that we have access to his throne of grace. 

Our prayers must be full of thanksgiving, let us be careful not to fall into the error of praying without remembering everything for which we should be grateful. 

Perhaps your current circumstances do not have much to be thankful for, but we should always give thanks for his Grace and his redemptive work.

Pray for pastors and missionaries (v. 3-4)

Certainly, each one of us has a call to make known the mystery of God in Christ, as we saw at the beginning of the letter. 

But there are also others, like Paul, who have a particular call to knock on doors that we will not reach. Let us pray that the Lord will open doors for the preaching of his Word in our community and the ends of the world. 

Walking in Wisdom (v.5)

In chapter 3 we studied that Paul told us, that among the church we need to bear each other and forgive. On this occasion, he tells us to behave wisely with those outside and take advantage of the time we spent together. 

May we take advantage of our sharing with non-believers to reflect the Word of Truth that has transformed us and be wise in our dealings with them.

Speak with grace and salt (v. 6)

That we be so filled with the Word of God at all times so that we can respond to each person according to the new life we ??have received in Christ. Not so that we may be known, but to manifest or make Christ known (v. 4)

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A High Standard

Reading these exhortations alone seems to be a high standard, one that is impossible to achieve. But let us remember that Paul is speaking to those who have died to their delights and have been raised with Christ. 

By our strength alone we will not be able to do any of these things, but in Him (Christ),  we receive everything necessary to begin to reflect His nature in this life.

Have you been raised with Christ? Have you died to your desires and delights? If you have, pray for God’s power in you so you can start living as a risen woman in Him. 

If living God’s design seems impossible to you, he’s calling you to trust in Him alone. Recognize that you are a sinner and not enough to reach this standard; that you need his sacrifice to be able to have a relationship with God, to be forgiven and raised to a new life. Only then, you would be able to live and grow to reach the standard of Christ. 

Ministry Collaboration

In verses 7-18, Paul mentions several of his collaborators in the ministry. Spend some time studying the following references, to get to know a little more about them, the roles they played when they were close to Paul. 

You’ll also see how their lives were transformed by knowing the Word of Truth.

  • Tychicus (Colossians 4:7-8, Acts 20:4, Ephesians 6:21, 2 Timothy 4:12)
  • Onesimus (Philemon)
  • Aristarchus (Acts 19:29; 20:4; 27:2; Colossians 4:10, Philemon 24)
  • Mark or John Mark (Acts 12:12,25; 13:5, 13-14; 15:37-40, Colossians 4:10, 2 Timothy 4:11, 1 Peter 24)
  • Epaphras (Colossians 1:7, 4:12-13, Philemon 23)
  • Luke (Luke 1:1-4; 2 Timothy 4:11)
  • Demas (2 Timothy 4:10, Colossians 4:14, Philemon 23-24)
  • Nympha (v. 15)
  • Archippus (v. 17)

While looking at these lives, remember we all have our place in the church. Just as each member has its place in the body. 

It doesn’t matter how you see your role or your place, I want you to notice how Paul recognizes everyone because everyone is necessary for the gospel to reach the ends of the earth. 

After reading more about these collaborators, there was something about Luke’s life that was of great impact to me. Luke was a talented man with a strong faith, but we see him in the background of the story. 

Decorative Text of Colossians 4 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

We don’t see Luke preaching to crowds or performing miracles. What we see is his care and diligence in recording the facts of Jesus’ life and the events of the early church. 

We see how Paul expresses a deep love for this man who accompanies him and keeps him healthy. Think for a moment about all the details that we would not know about the early church if Luke didn’t take his role seriously. 

His care for Paul’s health allowed him to continue traveling and taking the Gospel to more cities. Seeing the life of this man and his impact on the great commission encourages me, and I hope that you too will be encouraged to do the work that God has placed in our hands. 

That work may be changing dirty diapers, teaching preschoolers, leading other women in the Word, caring for the sick, leading worship, cleaning bathrooms, feeding others or kneeling in your room. 

Living Raised with Christ

Let us live with the conviction that Christ is enough, enough to save us, enough to fight against our sin and enough to surrender our lives to Him in the work He places in our hands.

We close this study being exhorted once again to stay focused on Christ and his work, without letting ourselves be fooled by human subtleties. Knowing that, if we have risen with Christ, we are complete in Him. 

There is nothing else that can give us strength to fight any battle, there is nothing that can encourage us to live more, there is no weapon against our sin outside of Christ. 

To him be the glory forever!

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