Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:
8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
9 With Onesimus, 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 fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)
11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers 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.
As Paul closes his epistle to the Colossian believers, it becomes quickly apparent what is most important to him – he wants Christ to be revealed to others. He asks the Colossians to pray that doors may be opened for him to have continued opportunity to share the mystery of Christ (v. 3). He desires to speak the hidden truths of Christ in an understandable way for others to comprehend (v. 4). Paul encourages the Colossian believers to always interact with others in a way that reveals the grace of Christ and to conduct their lives in a way that shows the wisdom of leading a Christian life (v. 5-6). Whether through speech or actions, Christ must be revealed.
Right before his final words, Paul once again encourages the Colossians to share Christ, not this time with those who didn’t know Him, but with those who were already believers. Paul asked them to see that his letter would be read to another nearby group, the church of Laodicea (v. 16). Paul closes out his epistle by asking the believers to remember the chains he wore because of his great desire to live out what was most important to him – making Christ known (vv. 3, 18).
President, Guam-Micronesian Mission