|Colossians 4 |
1 Masters, give your servants that which is just and fair; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
2 Be devoted to prayer with watching and thankfulness.
3 Praying for us also, that God will open a door for us to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am imprisoned;
4 That I may make it manifest [clearly understood], as I should.
5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outsiders, making the most of the time.
6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you should answer every man.
7 Tychicus will tell you about my condition, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord;
8 Whom I have sent to you so that you might know our circumstances, and be comforted in your hearts;
9 Along with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things that are happening here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner salutes you, as does Mark the relative of Barnabas, (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him;)
11 And Jesus, who is called Justus. These are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision [Jewish Christians]; they have been a comfort to me.
12 Epaphras, a servant of Christ who is one of you, salutes you, always striving fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.1
13 For I bear him witness, that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.
14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
15 Salute the brothers who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house.
16 And when this letter is read among you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and that you likewise read the letter from Laodicea.
17 And say to Archippus, "Take heed that you fulfill the ministry that you have received from the Lord."
18 This greeting is by my own hand, Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.
1 stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. This is a serious prayer, that the Colossae would stand (be strong), be perfect, be complete, doing the will of God. This is not make-believe Christianity. This is speaking of being restored to the life and light of God, in union with God, controlled by God in thought, word, and deed — able to do God's will on earth as it is done in heaven.