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Colossians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two


V. 8 ** What were the two reasons for which Paul sent Tychicus to Colossae?

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 Onesimus?

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 by Philemon.
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 the apostle.
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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