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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



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.

4: 17   Paul encouraged Archippus to make sure that he completed the ministry he had received from the Lord. There are many ways that we might leave our ministries unfinished: It’s easy to get sidetracked morally; we can become exhausted and stop; we can get mad and quit; we can let our work slide and leave finishing it up to others. But we should see to it that we finish God’s assignments, completing the work we have received.

4: 18   Paul usually dictated his letters to a scribe or secretary and then often closed them with a short note in his own handwriting (also see 1   Corinthians 16: 21; Galatians 6: 11). This assured the recipients that false teachers were not writing letters in Paul’s name. It also gave the letters a personal touch.

4: 18   To understand the letter to the Colossians, we need to know that the church was facing pressure from a heresy that promised deeper spiritual life through secret knowledge (an early form of Gnosticism). The false teachers were destroying faith in Christ by undermining Christ’s humanity as well as his divinity. In addition, living in the pagan Roman Empire put pressure on the believers to conform to non-Christian values. Paul makes it clear in this letter that Christ alone is the source and substance of our spiritual life. He is the head of the body of believers. He rules both the physical and spiritual worlds. We don’t find the path to a deeper spiritual life through religious duties, special knowledge, or secrets. We find it by keeping connected to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must never let anything come between us and our Savior.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and make sure we complete our work of spreading the GOSPEL everyday and always STAY CONNECTED TO JESUS CHRIST!! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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