Colossians 4 … encouragement

4:1 Masters (one with authority, control), give unto your servants (devoted workers) that which is just (equitable) and equal (in proportion); knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
2 Continue in prayer, and watch (stay alert) in the same with thanksgiving;
3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door (way) of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: (This is the mystery of how God could reconcile the divorced House of Israel according to Torah. Yeshua fulfills this mystery through death & resurrection.)
4 That I may make it manifest (make apparent), as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom (knowledge of scripture) toward them that are without, redeeming the time. (making the most of the opportunity)
6 Let your speech be always with grace (influential favor), seasoned (prepared) with salt (that which preserves), that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (give the best possible advice/answer)
7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: (with my permission he will tell you)
8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate (with whom you keep company), and comfort your hearts; (to urgently counsel, encourage or admonish)
9 With Onesimus, (This is the runaway slave in the book of Philemon who became a believer.) a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) (A Greek Macedonian of Thessalonica [Acts 27.2], Aristarchus was seized by the mob at Ephesus and taken into the theater.[Acts 19:21-41)
11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision (House of Judah). These only are my fellow workers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the Epistle from Laodicea.
17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.


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