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Colossians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two

V.10 (cont'd.)

** Our forth example comes from a relative of Barnabas, who is he?

This is John Mark, close associate of Peter and the writer of the gospel of Mark. His name was Mark in the Greek-speaking Roman world; spelled Markos in Greek and Marcus in Latin. His Jewish name was John. cf. Acts 12:12, 15:37

** What do we know about Paul's earlier relationship with John Mark?

John Mark had left Paul and Barnabas while they were on their first missionary journey. That displeased Paul to the point of "sharp disagreement" with Barnabas.
cf. Acts 13:13, Acts 15:38-39

** What do you suppose is the example to be learned from the life of this godly man?

God's servants are always willing to reconcile!

** Did Paul's view of Mark change?

Yes! "...if he comes to you, welcome him..." Paul had benefitted from a restored relationship to this dear brother. cf. Romans 12:18, 2Timothy 4:11

Shortly after this first imprisonment for Paul, Mark would write his gospel under the direction of the apostle Peter.

V.11 ** Our fifth example for today comes from someone whose given name was Jesus. Who was that?

The man...Jesus Justus - Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means "savior". His Latin surname, Justus, means "righteous".

** What can we glean from the fact that this individual was always "called Justus"?

He was a man who lived his faith righteously. Herein lies our fifth and final example.

God's servants seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

We should have a burning preoccupation to live righteously for the sake of our Savior.
cf. Matthew 5:6, 6:33, Ephesians 6:14, 1Timothy 6:11

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