Colossians Chapter 4 - In this final of four weekly studies on the Book
of Colossians, we can learn how to adopt Christian principles from the
Bible to our workplaces and home with an emphasis on Christian graces.
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.
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.
1. What are the six commands Paul provides the Colossians in the first six verses of Colossians Chapter 4?
2. Two of the commands include a purpose. What would be the result if the commands were followed according to the purposes?
1. What does it mean to have your conversation seasoned with salt?
2. What is the focus of verses 3-6? What is Paul telling the Colossians to do?
1. List the 11 people named in Colossians Chapter 4 verses 7-17. What are 5 different reasons they are mentioned?
2. What do we learn of Tychicus from the following verses?
1. What do we learn of Onesimus from the Book of Philemon verses 10-17?
2. What do the following verses tell us about Aristarchus?
1. What do we learn of Mark, the cousin of Barnabus from the following verses? After studying these verses, explain why Paul exhorts the Colossians to welcome Mark.
From reading John 17:4, what would be the benefit to us from completing the work God has given us?
2. Why did Paul tell the Colossians to remember his chains and that he wrote the letter with his own hand?