My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Sunday, December 02, 2007

Colossians 4

Hound them at every opportunity

Summary:
Be good to slaves if you want God to be good to you.

Prayer lots. Pray that we will have opportunities to share the gospel clearly. Make the most of your opportunities, and always have a graceful answer for people. Tychicus and Onesimus are coming to let you know how we are.

Everyone, including Mark and Luke says hi. Say hi to the Laodiceans and the other churches around for me. Ciao.

Key verse:
5-6. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

My thoughts:
Outsiders. What a word.

This is good confirmation that as Christians we should be strategic about evangelism. We should be sensible, and also deliberate and prepared. There is a mandate on us to utilised gospel-sharing opportunities. These are all things which I'm sometimes tempted to think of as Pentecostal hobby-horses, but they genuinely are part of how we should express our faith.

It's definitely possible that the Onesimus mentioned here is one and the same with the slave in Philemon. How exciting.

Does anyone know the relationship between the Colossians and the Laodiceans? Is there any chance that Paul's epistle to the Laodiceans is actually just this letter to the Colossians?

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