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Colossians, Chapter Four, Lesson One


Remembering Our Master


V. 1 ** As our study last week came to an end, we saw how those in the home can show forth the integrity of their Christianity by "Serving the Lord" each day. Today, Paul begins our passage with one more example of a Christian in the home setting. Who is he addressing in his next command?

Masters...the head of the household and the legal owner of slaves.

** We saw last week that the Christian slave was to obey their earthly master "in all things", and that with a sincerity of heart. What does Paul want the Christian master to do?

"...grant to your slaves justice and fairness..."
The word used here by Paul is parecho and means "to furnish, provide or to present". Paul is calling upon earthly masters to become proactive in what they provide for their servants.

** So again, what two things does Paul what earthly masters to provide for their servants?

"...justice and fairness..."

Justice (dikaios) is defined as correct or righteous, by implication innocent. It is the quality of being just; righteous, or moral rightness.

Fairness (isotes) means equality and carries the idea of being free from bias or dishonesty.

** From whom could the Christian master draw, as a good example of these two qualities?

From God Himself: Justice - Deuteronomy 32:4
Fairness - Romans 2:11, Galatians 2:6

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