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Colossians, Chapter Four, Lesson Three


V.15 ** Who does Paul wish to greet?

"...the brethren who are in Laodicea..." About twelve miles northwest of Colossae, Paul's love would reach out to the entire world for the sake of Christ.

** Besides the brethren in Laodicea, to whom does Paul send his personal greeting?

Nympha (feminine - NASB and NIV) or Nymphas (masculine - KJV) from the Greek word numpha or numphas meaning a bride or young women. We do not know who this individual is, but we do know that he or she was devoted enough to the Lord to have a gathering of believers in his or her home.

** What does this greeting say about the amazing heart of the apostle Paul?

He expresses his God given love to all believers and has a tremendous capacity for remembering who they are!

V.16 ** What does Paul want Christians to do with his letters, the very word of God?

Read them and share them! We still do that today, it is called "Staying in the Word"!

V.17 ** Paul has one more individual in mind, who is it?

Archippus - a fellow soldier of Paul's in the battle for the Kingdom of God and possibly the son or brother of Philemon. cf. Philemon 2

** What rather ominous caution does Paul offer to him?

"Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it".

** What is the reason for fulfilling our ministry?

We have received it from the Lord and we will give and account as to how we do the job!
cf. Hebrews 13:17

V.18 ** At this point in Paul's letter, what change do we see take place?

Paul takes the pen and adds his own greeting. He customarily used an amanuensis (or recording secretary) when writing his epistles. cf.1Corinthians 16:21, 2Thessalonians 3:17

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