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8 Whom [hos] I have sent [pempo] unto [pros] you [humas] for [eis] the same [autos] purpose, [touto] that [hina] he might know [ginosko] your [humon] estate, [peri] and [kai] comfort [parakaleo] your [humon] hearts; [kardia]
9 With [sun] Onesimus, [Onesimos] a faithful [pistos] and [kai] beloved [agapetos] brother, [adelphos] who [hos] is [esti] one of [ek] you. [humon] They shall make known [gnorizo] unto you [humin] all things [pas] which [ho] are done here. [hode]KJV-Interlinear
8 For I have sent him to you for
this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may
encourage your hearts; 9 and with him
Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They
will inform you about the whole situation here. NASB
Tychicus and Onesimus were
given the mission of carrying this letter to the Colossians.
Tychicus was introduced
briefly yesterday.He was a native of
Asia Minor, Acts 20:4, and may have originated from Ephesus, 2 Tim. 4:12.He was with Paul throughout his ministry and
was with him during these last few years immediately prior to Paul s execution.
Tychicus went also to Crete
and Ephesus, Titus 3:12, 2 Tim. 4:12
We learned a great deal
about Onesimus, when we studied Philemon.Onesimus was the runaway slave, who heard Paul speak while in Rome.Onesimus repented and agreed to return to his
former master Philemon, not as a slave, but as an equal in Christ.From the context of that letter, we presume that
there was a good ending and reconciliation, in the relationship between
Philemon and Onesimus.
Paul sent this letter
in order to make known his situation to those who were obviously wanting and
waiting for word about Paul.This
information was to be verbal, as Paul did not write anything, at least not
within this letter, regarding his imprisonment and trial.
And, Paul sent this
letter in order to convey his thoughts and views on the doctrines contained
within it.The encouragement, the hope,
the confidence that exists for all who pursue Bible doctrine within their lives.
Remember that in those
days, especially in the 60 s A.D., there was terrible unrest throughout the
region, and had been for some time.
Judah was filled with rebellion, and Rome was getting ready to send an army to
crush it.Within a few short years,
Judah would be crushed and millions would die before it was all over.And Jerusalem would be burned to the ground.
In any given
generation, there exists unrest and uncertainty, especially within each individual
life.Our time is not without its
uncertainties.With unemployment rising
to double digit figures, which have been common in Europe for many years, the
stability of the world seems to be getting more serious by the day.
However, remember one
important thing.Bible doctrine is
available as long as there is interest and support from positive
believers.God does not abandon anyone
who is positive and growing.And though
the outcome of the world is always uncertain, your spiritual growth will never
be in doubt, so long as you pursue it.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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