Verse 1 – Masters, give your servants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
Verse 2 – Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
Verse 3 – meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,
Verse 4 – that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
When we pray, we are to pray with an expectation and a thankful heart. We don’t stop praying just because an answer might be delayed.
Verse 5 – Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
As a Christian, our conduct should be appropriate dealing honestly with those that are not born-again. Show integrity, so that they don’t have any reason to call you a hypocrite about your faith. and we should always look for an”open door” to tell them about Jesus who loves them.
Verse 6 – Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each other.
Verse 7 – Tychicus, who is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.
Verse 8 – I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts,
Verse 9 – with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.
Tychicus, a native of Asia, first joined Paul in Acts 20:4 and continued to serve alongside him. He may also have been the person who delivered this letter to the Colossians as well as the letter to the Laodiceans. Onesimus, a native of Colosse and was a runaway slave.
Verse 10 – Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),
Verse 11 – and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.
Verse 12 – Epahras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Verse 13 – For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.
Verse 14 – Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.
Verse 15 – Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house.
This is the only place in the New Testament where Luke’s profession is identified. Demas, one of Paul’s companions, later abandoned the gospel ministry because of his love for the world (2 Timothy 4:10).
Verse 16 – Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
Verse 17 – And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”
Verse 18 – This salutation by my own hand – Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.
To understand the letter to the Colossians, we must keep in mind they were also being pressured by false teachers who were preaching heresy that promised deeper spiritual life through secret knowledge (Gnosticism). The false teachers were destroying faith in Christ by undermining Christ’s humanity and divinity.
Paul makes it clear in Colossians that Christ alone is the source of our spiritual life, the Head of the body of believers. Christ is Lord of both the physical and the spiritual world. The way to a more spiritual life is a closer relationship with Jesus Christ!