Chapter Four, Lesson Two
RECOGNIZING HIS SERVANTS Page
V. 8 ** What were the two reasons for which Paul sent Tychicus
1) "..that you may know about our circumstances.."
2) "..that he may encourage your hearts.."
Paul knew how much the Colossians were concerned for him in his imprisonment
and wanted Tychicus to answer all of their questions. In addition, he
would be able to encourage their hearts!
cf. Colossians 1:4,8 and Ephesians 6:21-22
V. 9 ** Was Tychicus going to Colossae alone?
No - Onesimus was to go with him.
** This introduces the second example set by these godly men
God's servants are truly repentant sinners! How does Paul describe
He is "...our faithful and beloved brother..."
His name means "useful" and in Christ he had become so.
** Was he always this kind of God glorifying individual?
No - He was a thief and a runaway slave. He had been previously owned
cf. Philemon 1:18
** What phrase does Paul use to lift the reputation of Onesimus to the
same level as the rest of those in the Colossian church (including Philemon)?
Onesimus had become "...one of your number." Even though
he was once a sinful, runaway slave, by the grace of God he had gained
eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ and the playing field was
now level. cf. 2Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 3:28
** How do we know that Onesimus had truly changed and was now more concerned
for others than himself?
"They will inform you about the whole situation here."
Onesimus had learned to sacrificially serve just like Tychicus!
V.10 ** Our third example comes from Aristarchus, as Paul continues
the practice of "Recognizing His Servants". What is different
about the way the Paul recognizes Aristarchus?
He calls him his "fellow prisoner". That term is translated
from "sunaichmalotos" and literally means "one caught
with a spear". It refers to war captives, or prisoners.
While it is unlikely that Aristarchus had been arrested, he voluntarily
shared in Paul's prison experience by giving up his freedom to be with
cf. Acts 19:29, 20:4, 27:2 (59 A.D.)
This third example is that God's servants are willing to suffer
for His name.
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