Lesson No. 563
Colossians Chapter 4
"Redeem the Time"

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1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. 2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3 withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Paul’s final greetings 7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: 8 whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 9 with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. 10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 11 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. 12 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. 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea and them in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. 15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. 16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 18  The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Lesson No.  563                     “Redeem the Time”

 Colossians Chapter 4                                                 04/25/2021

1)      Check out the parallel between our masters (bosses) and our Master!  (verse 1)  This is just like our relationship between our espouses and God.

2)      Verse 2- I get the ‘continuing in prayer’ part, but what about ‘watching in prayer with thanksgiving”?

3)      Note what Paul asks for prayer for in verses 3-4; I would be praying for a good escape plan!

4)      We learned from Paul to ‘walk in Christ’ in an earlier chapter, now what does he ask us to ‘walk in’ (verse 5).  How do we ‘redeem the time’? 

5)      Paul asked our worship team to sing with ‘grace in their hearts’ last week; what does he ask us to do now, and why?  (verse 6)

6)      Paul then goes on to give affirmation and instruction to his circle of Christians, almost reads like final instructions.  Let’s see what the content is all about:

a.      Verse 7 and 8- Tychicus affirmation as beloved brother faithful minister, fellow servant of the Lord.  What has Paul asked of him?

b.     Verse 9- Onesimus affirmation as faithful and beloved brother, one of the church members in Colosse.  Mission to communicate.

c.      Verse 10- Affirmation of Aristarchus and Marcus as fellow prisoners (in bondage to Christ); Church to receive them and the instruction.

d.     Verse 11- Justus the Jew now Christian affirmation as to being a fellow worker for the kingdom of God and comfort to Paul.

e.      Verse 12/13- Epaphras (church member) who greets the church and salutes them, he labors for them in prayer to be perfect and complete in the will of God.  He has great zeal for them and for the churches in Laodicea and Hierapolis.

f.       V 14- Luke and Demas are with Paul in Rome and greet the church. 

g.     V 15- Salute those in Laodicea and Nymphas home church.

h.     V 16- This letter to be shared with Laodiceans; read their letter too.

i.       Finally salutation by Paul and a request….remember my bonds!

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