Bible Study

Colossians 4:7-18

Final Greetings and comments

A1 Scripture
B1 Colossians 4:7-18, EMTV
B2 Colossians 4:7-18, GNB92
A2 Outline
B1 Tychicus
C1 Beloved brother
C2 Faithful minister
C3 Fellow servant of the Lord
C4 Will bring an update on me (Paul)
D1 He may know what is happening at Colossae.
D2 He may (will) encourage your hearts.
B2 Onesimus
C1 Faithful and beloved brother.
C2 One of you (native of Colossae).
B3 Aristarchus—fellow prisoner of mine
B4 Mark
C1 Cousin of Barnabas
C2 Welcome him.
B5 Jesus (Justus)
B6 The three.
C1 (Aristarchus, Mark, and Justus are Jews)
C2 They are a comfort to me.
B7 Epaphras
C1 Native of Colossae.
C2 Bondservant of Jesus
C3 Prayer warrior.
D1 Praying that they may be mature.
D2 Praying that they may be complete in all the will of God.
C4 Zealous for those in Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis.
B8 Luke the physician
B9 Demas says “Hi.”
B10 Paul
C1 Greet the believers in Laodicea.
C2 Greet Nympha (sister in Christ)
C3 Greet the church that meets in her house.
C4 Read the letter here, then in Laodicea.
C5 Read the letter to Laodicea in Colossae also.
C6 Tell Archippus to be sure to finish the task you were given in the Lord’s service.
C7 I’m writing this salutation with my own hand. (Greetings from Paul)
C8 Don’t forget my chains (prison, thus pray for me).
C9 God’s grace for with all of you.
A3 Notes
B1 Ten people are mentioned here.
B2 Basic descriptions of each. What would we be remembered for?
B3 Mark had been rejected as a faithful laborer but is now a faithful laborer. (Acts 13:13)
B4 Tychicus
C1 Gentile
C2 Fellow servant a missionary preacher like Paul.
C3 Faithful brother is faithful to Jesus Christ and His teaching as well as faithful to Paul.
C4 Paul wrote Colossians during his first imprisonment (in Rome) and Tychicus was present with him. This is why Paul writes that “he will tell you all things about me.”
C5 Was with Paul traveling to Jerusalem. He was with him to deliver the offerings of the saints to help the poor Christians in Israel. And Sopater, a Berean, was accompanying him to Asia—also Aristarchus of the Thessalonians, and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus, the Asians. (Acts 20:4, EMTV)
C6 Was the person who brought the Epistle to the Laodiceans and the Colossians.
C7 Sent to Titus. “Whenever I shall send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, hasten to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.” (Titus 3:12, EMTV). He was the replacement for Titus, so Titus could join Paul in Nicopolis.
C8 Sent to Timothy. “And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.” (2 Timothy 4:12, EMTV) He was sent to replace Timothy, so that Timothy could come and comfort Paul before Paul had to be executed for his faith.
B5 Onesimus
C1 We find the first mention of him in Philemon. Onesimus is a runaway slave owned by Philemon. Philemon had become a Christian and so had Onesimus. The letter to Philemon was an appeal to him for Onesimus.
C2 Evidently, he was a thief as well as a poor worker. After conversion, he assisted Paul. Paul wrote that whatever Onesimus stole, he would repay.
B6 Aristarchus
C1 Gaius and he were seized by the Ephesians in Acts 19:29. “And the whole city was filled with confusion, and they rushed with one purpose into the theater, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, traveling companions of Paul.”
C2 Was from Thessalonica. “And Sopater, a Berean, was accompanying him to Asia—also Aristarchus of the Thessalonians, and Secundus, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus, the Asians. (Acts 20:4, EMTV)
C3 Traveled to Rome with Paul. “And having boarded a ship of Adramyttium, scheduled to sail to the ports along the Asian coasts, we put to sea. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. (Acts 27:2, EMTV)
C4 He was a prisoner with Paul.
B7 Mark—the writer of the second Gospel.
B8 Jesus (Justus)not much is known except that he was a fellow worker with Paul.
B9 Epaphras Was the missionary to the Colossians. “just as also you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf.” (Colossians 1:7, EMTV)
B10 Luke the physician.
B11 Demasthe one who left Paul, because he loved the world. “For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and traveled to Thessalonica—Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.” (2 Timothy 4:10, EMTV)
B12 Nympha might be Nymphas. The word is unclear. The former is a woman, the latter a man. The church makes in her/his house. This house must have be large enough to hold a congregation. From the commentary note in the College Press Commentary
“Salute Nymphas (or Nympha?), and the church which is in her (his? their?) house.” Nymphas was apparently the leading Christian at Laodicea, the “Philemon of Laodicea,” as Moule calls him. Compare Phm. 1:1-2. There has been much dispute as to whether the name of this person was Nymphas or Nympha. (The Greek form Numphan, an accusative sing., may stand for either spelling.) Also there is uncertainty as to whether the text should read “her” house, “his” house, or “their” house. The 1966 Greek text of the United Bible Societies gives the reading “her” house, but gives manuscript evidence for the other readings in the footnotes. No certain decision about the reading here is possible at present.”
B13 This letter was written by an assistant, but Paul wrote this salutation with his own hand. He did this to authenticate his letters.
Posted by Choco at 13:57 1 Apr 15
Colossians 4:7-18
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