verses for this week: Prov 22:17
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply
thine heart unto my knowledge.
chapter three, we studied how we should die to the physical man and
live to the new spiritual man.
We can only do this by walking in the power of the Holy
The Christian Employer’s Life
4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and
equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Christian employer has to important responsibilities. His first responsibility is to serve God.
His second responsibility is to his employees.
He should treat them fairly and never threaten them.
Like God, we should not be a respecter of people.
We should treat others as we would want to be treated, and
pay a fair wage for a fair days labor.
Ephesians 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing
threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is
there respect of persons with him
James 5:1 Go
to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come
upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are
motheaten. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them
shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were
fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold,
the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is
of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have
reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. 5 Ye have
lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished
your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and
killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
The Christian’s Prayer Life
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
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:
4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
is a very important thing in the life of the believer.
I don’t think we realize the power each of us has with God
when we get on our knees and really mean business with God in
early Christians had great power with God, and you and I can still
move the heart strings of the Father when we pray and believe.
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were
assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32 And the multitude
of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither
said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his
own; but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave
the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and
great grace was upon them all.
Thessalonians 5:17 Pray
see in verse 2 that the Christian is to continue in prayer, he is to
watch, and he is to be thankful.
Our prayers should never be self centered and always asking
for things for ourselves only.
We should remember the answered prayers we have received, and
thank the Lord for all the wondrous things he has done for each of
us. If you know
Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have something to praise God
about every day. Paul
tells them to pray for him that God would open unto both him and the
people associated with him a door of utterance.
And they were to do that by the mystery of Christ.
Paul was in prison due to his determination to preach the
gospel and to tell others about the mystery of Jesus Christ.
And while still bound, his desire was to continue to
preach the gospel and to do so with a plain message that all might
understand and turn to Christ.
The Colossians Outward Walk and Speech
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that
ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
of us needs to realize that a day has 24 hours in it, and once it is
gone, it is gone forever. So
if we want to do something in the work of the Lord, NOW is the time
to do it. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow never seems to get
here. Time is valuable,
and we should not waste it away.
So we should walk in wisdom towards those that are without,
making the very best use of our time.
This could be speaking of those who have little of this
world’s goods, but it almost might be talking of those who don’t
know Christ. The
world looks to the Christian and should see Christ in our lives.
Romans 13:11 And
that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of
sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Vernon McGee had some good insights on verse 5.
in wisdom.” The child of God has a responsibility before the world
today. Don’t be foolish as a child of God.
We hear so much pious nonsense in our day. There are
those who said the Lord would return by 1980. I don’t know where
they got such information. There were probably a lot of embarrassed
folk with red faces in 1980. Christians have no right to make such
statements before an unsaved world. Nor should we say we are
trusting the Lord when our actions show that we really are not
trusting Him. We should not do foolish things before the world.
A woman in Southern California wrote me a letter and
rebuked me for going to the doctor for treatment of my cancer. She
said that that was not trusting the Lord. She wrote, “I have
cancer and I am trusting the Lord. I don’t go to the doctor.”
They buried her not long ago; she died of her cancer. I’m afraid
at times we are guilty of causing our neighbors to smile and say,
“This Christianity is a foolish sort of thing.” We need to learn
to “walk in wisdom toward them that are without.”
“Redeeming the time.” Buy up your opportunities.
When you see an opportunity, pray that the Lord will lead you.
Don’t force yourself on people. Just pray and ask the Lord to open
the door,, and He will open it. I wish I had space to tell you how
many times this has happened in my life and in the lives of others.
Let Him open the door—before you make the mistake of putting your
foot in your mouth. I knocked on many doors when I was a pastor, and
I often stepped in and put my foot in my mouth the very first thing.
Since then I have learned to do a lot more praying before I walk in.
we speak, we need to let God guide our speech. We should know the Word of God and be able to give an
answer to anyone who desires to know about Jesus Christ. Our speech should be clear, and it should be clean.
Nothing can kill a testimony quicker than for a person
claiming to be a Christian to start cursing.
It is appalling to man, and is not pleasing to God.
Many times we offend others through our words.
We need to temper our tongue and ask God to guide us in all
James 3:8 But the tongue
can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:9 Therewith
bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are
made after the similitude of God.
James 3:10 Out of the
same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these
things ought not so to be.
Proverbs 18:19 A
brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their
contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Christian Fellowship with Fellow Workers
notice in the remainder of this chapter that Paul distinguishes
between his Jewish and Gentile companions in their labors together.
All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a
beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might
know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
Mark, and Justus are all Jewish Christians.
You notice in verse 11 it speaks of them being of the
Demas, and Epaphras are all Gentiles.
(note in verse 12 it speaks of Epaphras as ‘one of you’.
seems to have a special love towards Tychicus as he calls him a
‘beloved’ brother and faithful minister.
When others really serve God with sincerity, it makes us
proud to know them and to be associated with them.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their
conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and
commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be
received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if
it be received with thanksgiving: 5 For it is sanctified by the word
of God and prayer. 6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of
these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ,
nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto
thou hast attained.
With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of
you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus,
sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments:
if he come unto you, receive him;)
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.
was blessed with many good and faithful Christian friends.
He speaks of Onesimus with much love for all the things that
he had done for Paul. If
you remember, Onesimus and Tychicus were the two faithful brothers
that were to give a report of Paul’s work to the brethren these in
Mark, and Justus were men who had been a comfort to Paul.
When things are going against us, there is nothing more
rewarding than to have a fellow Christian brother or sister come and
encourage us. Many
of you know exactly what I’m talking about as it may have been you
that encouraged me at a time when I was down.
I know that one of the major focuses of these lessons and the
ongoing work of the website is to encourage Christians to a greater
walk with the Lord.
1 Th 5:14 Now we exhort
you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded,
support the weak, be patient toward all men.
1 Th 5:15 See that none
render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is
good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
1 Th 5:16 Rejoice
1 Th 5:17 Pray without
1 Th 5:18 In every thing
give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning
is worthy to note that earlier Paul had little good to say about
Mark and was very unhappy with the young man earlier.
Things are totally changed at this time.
And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was
Mark. 38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who
departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the
work. 39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they
departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and
sailed unto Cyprus; 40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being
recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
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.
For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and
them that are in Laodicea and them in Hierapolis.
Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
see several men mentioned here that have helped Paul. Demas was one that later had forsaken Paul for the
things of this present evil world.
Why a man would leave God’s work for the world is hard to
understand, but we all need to ask God to give us grace to stay with
the work God has for each of us.
It doesn’t take anyone special to serve Satan, but it takes
a real man or woman who can serve God with faith and integrity.
2 Timothy 4:10
For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is
departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto
Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and
the church which is in his house.
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.
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou
hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds.
Grace be with you. Amen.
asks that the brethren circulate his letter and let others read it
also. We need to
understand that the bible was not written at that time like we have
The church in Laodicea met in the house of Nymphas and his family.
in the early days of the church, the scriptures were written on
manuscripts and had to go between individuals to be read.
Paul asks them to encourage Archippus in the ministry of the
Lord, and to remember to pray for him that he might be freed from
the bonds of prison. Clearly
signed by Paul, we know this book was written to those of Colosse
while Paul was in prison.
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