Colossians 4:2-6—Final Instructions
What final instructions does Paul give?
- 2Devote yourselves to prayer,
- being watchful and thankful.
- 3And pray for us, too,
- that God may open a door for our message,
- so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ,
- for which I am in chains.
- 4Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
- 5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders;
- make the most of every opportunity.
- 6Let your conversation be always full of grace,
- seasoned with salt,
- so that you may know how to answer everyone.
- 7Tychicus will tell you all the news about me.
Who is Tychicus?
- He is a dear brother,
- a faithful minister
- and fellow servanta in the Lord.
- 8I am sending him to you for the express purpose
- that you may know about ourb circumstances
- and that he may encourage your hearts.
Who is Tychicus coming with?
- 9He is coming with Onesimus,
- our faithful and dear brother,
- who is one of you.
- They will tell you everything that is happening here.
What other greetings does Paul send?
- 10My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings,
- as does Mark,
- the cousin of Barnabas.
- (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)
- 11Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings.
- These are the only Jewsc among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.
- who is one of you
- and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings.
- He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
- 13I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.
- 14Our dear friend Luke, the doctor,
- and Demas send greetings.
- 15Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea,
- and to Nympha and the church in her house.
What does Paul further instruct?
- 16After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans
- and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
- 17Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
18I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.