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A Mutual Fellowship (15 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. As we conclude our study of Colossians, chapter four,
we come to the end of Paul's letter to the saints at Colosse. In the last few verses Paul mentions the names of several Christians:
a. Tychicus (vs.7), who is a "beloved brother." Tychicus accompanied Paul at the close of his third missionary journey, and then appears with him at end of his life in II Tim. 4:12.
b. Onesimus (vs.9), who is also a "faithful and beloved brother." You will remember Onesimus was the runaway salve of Philemon, for whom Paul intercedes. Onesimus was converted under Paul's ministry.
c. Aristarchus (vs.10), who is a "fellow prisoner" of Paul. Aristarchus, along with Paul, was arrested in Ephesus and is now in prison with him in Rome.
d. Then we have Mark and Jesus, who "is called Justin." There is Epaphras and Luke, the "beloved physician" and Demas. There is Nymphas, and finally, Archippus, who was a member of the household of Philemon.
2. All these men had something in common with Paul, and he with them. They were all fellow servants of the Lord. There was a mutual fellowship among them. They loved Jesus and they loved one another because of Jesus.
a. Notice what Paul says in (vs.11b), "These only are my fellow workers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me."
b. The Apostle John wrote in 1 John 4:7, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."
3. Let me list three things about these men that brought them into a mutual fellowship:
I. They Were All Saints
II. They Were All Servants
III. They Were All Soldiers
I. THEY WERE ALL SAINTS
1. In (vs.7), Paul referred to Tychicus as a "beloved brother." When we become saved, we become brothers and sisters in the Lord--part of the family of God. 1 John 3:1a, "Behold, what manner ...
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