125-104-Colossians Chapter 4
Employers of this day are as the masters of slaves in the ancient times and must treat their employees justly. The employer or the master will be held accountable to the Master Jesus Christ one day. (Romans 3:19) The Christians should treat all people fairly as our Master in heaven treats all people with dignity and grace.
Prayer is fundamental to the life of the Christian. (Ephesians 6:18 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18) It is the work of the Holy Spirit that teaches the Christians how to pray. (Romans 8-26-27) The Importance of prayer is not only for our own petitions but for the cares and concerns for others. The Christian must approach God for what He is the Creator who is All Powerful, All Knowing and Ever-present. As great as God is He is a personal God to each and every one. We must always remember to approach Him with a thankful heart. (Psalm 100:4) Paul has reminded the Christian in this letter several times to be thankful towards God. (Colossians 1:2 Colossians 2:7 Colossians 3:15 Colossians 3:17) Paul gives us a good example at the beginning of his letter to the Colossians “We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.” (Colossians 1:3) The Christian is to devote themselves to prayer which means to be persistent or to hold fast and not let go of our praying to God. (Luke 11:5-10) A Christian is to stay alert for the specific needs about which to pray. (Luke 21:36) The Christian is also to be watchful and on the alert for the time of Our Saviors return is near. (Matthew 24:42)
In Paul’s letters he often asked for Christians to pray for him. (Romans 15:30-32 Ephesians 6:19-20 2 Thessalonians 3:1) Paul’s missionary trips gave him many opportunities to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. But Paul often found opposition from the Jews and their rulers because they did not like the message that Paul preached. As a result of this Paul now at the writing of this letter was in prison in Rome. (Acts 28) Paul was asking that the Christians in Colossae pray for us, probably meaning him and Timothy, (Colossians 1:1) and Epaphras (Colossians 1:7) and others who helped him. Paul now unable to visit other places because of his imprisonment wrote letters and today, as well as then, Christians benefit from his work. Paul wanted the mystery of the Gospel of Christ to be clearly understood.
The people of the world do not know Christ and the Christians work and live in the midst of the people of the world. As Christians, Ambassadors of His Kingdom, (2 Corinthians 5:20) the Christian should understand how they should behave. (Colossians 1:9-11) The Christian should not show their old nature but the new nature they have through Christ. Through the world opposes the Christian they do watch and listen to the ways of the Christian. Christians should be evolving into the image of Christ and people should be able to see Christ in the Christian. The Christian is to develop the same attributes as Jesus. (Ephesians 4:29-32) Then as Christians speak about what Christ means to them people will be more willing to listen.
The Rabbis often referred wisdom to salt. Paul may have been using this same inference here as saying the Christian should always speak wisely. Salt is also a seasoning which enhances the flavor of the food that is eaten. Some foods can be dull without seasoning. The message of the gospel of Christ is not dull as Christians should speak the message in an interesting way. People who have developed an interest in Christ will ask questions and the Christian must always be ready to defend the faith. (1 Peter 3:15-16)
Paul has now taught everything he wanted the Colossians to hear and closes his letter with carious personal greetings.