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Colossians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two

V.11 (cont'd.)

** What is the unique distinction shared by Aristarchus, John Mark and Jesus Justus?

"...these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are from the circumcision..."

It was very expensive to declare yourself a follower of Jesus Christ if you had a Jewish
heritage, and these men were more than willing to count the cost.

** How did their strength in the faith impact the heart of the apostle during his two years in prison?

"...they have proved to be an encouragement to me."

Encouragement translates paregoria, which is used only here in all of Scripture and could be translated "comfort". These dear saints were providing comfort and encouragement for Paul.
cf. 1Thessalonians 5:11 and 14


** Why would Paul close out this wonderful letter by describing these godly men? Or to put it another way, how is the name of God impacted by "Recognizing His Servants"?

It is all "to God be the glory". cf. 1Corinthians 10:31 When ruined sinners repent, are born again and then spend their lives serving in righteousness, God is truly glorified.


** What were the five examples given to us through the pen of the apostle Paul while he was "Recognizing His Servants"?

God's servants are selfless.
God's servants are truly repentant sinners!
God's servants are willing to suffer for His name.
God's servants are always willing to reconcile!
God's servants seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

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