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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

LEARNING TO SERVE           Page 5
V. 7 (cont'd.)

** While these loving observations by Paul must have reaffirmed the character of Epaphras to the Colossian church, they also give us a good insight as to what else the Colossians learned from Epaphras beyond the message of the gospel. What do you suppose they were learning from the life of their pastor?

They were "Learning to Serve"! Just as he was a "fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ", these same Colossians were to learn to do the same as the only acceptable manifestation of their new faith in Christ!

** We would do well to follow this Biblical pattern. If our's is a claim to new life in Christ; out of loving appreciation for all the Jesus has accomplished on our behalf, we should be "Learning to Serve" each day that He grants us to live here on earth for His glory. Where do you find your own heart on this issue? Is it a bother to serve the One who alone has secured your eternal life in glory?

V. 8 ** Did Epaphras go to Paul in Rome to get a promotion or to look good before the famous apostle? (Remember, this was a trip of over 1000 miles!)

No - He went (selflessly) to encourage Paul by telling him of the glory that God was receiving through the genuine faith of the Colossians. cf. Colossians 4:12-13 and Philemon 1:23

** What did he report to Paul concerning their faith?

He told him about their "love in the Spirit".

** If Epaphras wanted to reassure Paul of the Colossians faith, why did he choose to tell him of their love?

Remember 1Corinthians 13:13 - "...the greatest of these is love..." This is an outward manifestation of a true or genuine inward transformation. When someone becomes truly saved, they put on a heart of love. cf. Romans 5:5, Colossians 3:14, 1John 3:14, 4:8

It was their love in the Spirit that showed how much they "understood" (V.6) the word of truth, the gospel (V.5).

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