Personal Family Connections (Colossians 4)

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on February 26, 2017
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4:7- Tychicus received glowing praise -- beloved brother, faithful servant [diakonos], and fellow bond-slave [sundoulos]. Acts 20:4; Ephesians 6:21; Titus 3:12; 2 Timothy 4:12

-- Onesimus -- the epistle of Philemon is about this man.

-- Aristarchus was taken during the riot at Ephesus (Acts 19:29). He was with Paul on his third outreach journey (Acts 20:4); he was a Macedonian from Thessalonica who was ship-wrecked with Paul; he was in prison with Paul in Rome (Colossians 4 and Philemon 1:24).

Mark was Barnabas’ sister’s son. Paul and Barnabas had formerly disagreed regarding John Mark that Barnabas wished to take him, probably on account of relationship, with them in their travels; Paul was unwilling to take him because he had, on one occasion, departed from them. Acts 15:37-39

2 Timothy 4:9-15
In time, Paul reconciled with Mark. He may be the writer of the Gospel of Mark.

Colossians 4:11
-- Apparently, John Mark and Justus were the only ones of Jewish background who were still standing with Paul.

-- Epaphras (1:7) was from Colossae and may have been one of the original believers there. Again, we see the heart connection and love shared among the believers. The love they had for each other stands out more than that among other people. The churches seemed small.

-- Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis were all cities near to each other.

-- Luke traveled with Paul extensively and is the writer of the Gospel and of Acts. Acts 16, one of the “we sections,” identifies Luke as being with Paul. According to 2 Timothy, Demas turned back to the world.

-- The Laodiceans did not heed Colossians. Revelation 3:14-22

-- Archippus had a fellowship in his home in Colossae.

Colossians 3:17, 22, and 23
Our task and joy is constant mindfulness of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:5-8

Colossians 3:24
-- Whatever we do should be in light of the coming Kingdom.

-- Deuteronomy 10:17 Everyone abides by the same rules.

Romans 2:6-11; Galatians 6:7-9
What you give, you get; what you sow, you reap. With God there is always a just recompense. Matthew 16:27; Psalm 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; Jeremiah 17:10; 32:19; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 1:17; Revelation 2:23; 20:12; and 22:12

Colossians 4:2-4
Pray for doors of utterance.

-- The specific wisdom is to speak with grace, not to be harsh, judgmental, not threatening or deliberately frightening.

-- “Seasoned with salt” means that you mean what you say and say what you mean.

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