October 12

Colossians 3:1-4:6-The Practice of the Supremacy of Jesus (cont’d)

Colossians 4:2-4-In the context of the practice of prayer

Paul tells the Colossians to “devote yourselves to prayer”.

 

Devote

Continue, Continuance:

lit., "to be strong towards" (pros, "towards," used intensively, and kartereo, "to be strong"), "to endure in, or persevere in, to be continually steadfast with a person or thing," is used of "continuing" in prayer with others, Act 1:14; Rom 12:12; Col 4:2; in the Apostles' teaching, Act 2:42; in the Temple, Act 2:46 ("continuing steadfastly," RV), the adverb representing the intensive preposition; in prayer and the ministry, Act 6:4 (RV, "will continue steadfastly"); of Simon Magus with Philip, Act 8:13. In Mar 3:9; Act 10:7, it signifies "to wait on;" in Rom 13:6, to attend "continually" upon.

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G4342&t=NASB

 

Today, most Christians can barely stay awake to pray…much less be devoted to it.  It is a sad comment on modern day Christianity.  No wonder so many churches have no spiritual power.  No wonder so many Christians struggle to know, much less to do, the will of God.

Paul encourages the Colossians to pray for him that “God may open up to us a door for the word.”  This is an obvious recognition of the supremacy of Jesus over the circumstances and powers of society.  Paul firmly believed that God has the power to move in and through society in whatever manner He pleases.

Colossians 4:5-6-In the context of daily life

Because we are followers of Jesus Christ…our lives should be a clear representation of Who He is.  But not only should our conduct be in keeping with His character…so should our conversation.  Someone has said that we should “gossip the Gospel”…constantly talking about Jesus with other people.  With Christ’s supremacy in mind…Paul assures his readers that He knows exactly what the people they are talking with need to hear.  Our conversation should be “seasoned with salt”.  Salt is a preservative.  Our speech should be preserved, carefully watched over so that nothing we ever say would bring disrepute on the name of Jesus.

Colossians 4:7-18-Paul’s instructions concerning individual people

Paul closes by mentioning several of the men that are with him and sending greetings to those receiving his letter.  He tells them to send this letter to Laodicea, and to read the letter that he had sent there.

Prayer: Father, I pray that You will help me to be more aware of the opportunities that I have to share Your love, the wonderful news about Jesus, with other people.  Please give me the compassion, the courage, and the wisdom that I need to do so.

 

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