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Colossians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

V. 1 (cont'd.)

** What reason does Paul give for the earthly master to treat his servants in this God honoring manner.

"...knowing that you too have a Master in heaven." cf. Ephesians 6:9 "knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him."

** Like last week, this specific instruction to masters can have a general application for all of us. How do you think we should treat one another.

With "justice and fairness" because we all have the same Master in heaven.

"Remembering Our Master" then becomes the backdrop for how we are to live. The Christian earthly master can only be just and fair, as he remembers his own heavenly Master and the demands that God's word places upon the life of every believer.

V. 2 ** That is an important thing to remember! When we take the time each day to be mindful of our heavenly Master, we will also remember to walk in obedience to what He has said. Here in verse two, Paul gives us the first area in a Christian's life which can be impacted for the glory of God if we will only spend our days "Remembering Our Master". What is it?

The area of prayer!

** What three things about our prayer life are effected by being mindful of Jesus Christ our Lord each day?

1) We become more devoted in it.
cf. Ephesians 6:18 "With all prayer, all times, all perseverance, for all the saints."

2) We keep alert in it.
cf. Matthew 26:37-41 "Keep watching and praying"

3) We express thanksgiving with it.
cf. Philippians 4:6 "...by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

V. 3 ** What does Paul want these Colossians to include in their prayers each day as they are "Remembering Our Master"?

He wants them to spend time praying for Paul and his companions.

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