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18 The salutation [aspasmos] by the hand [cheir] of me [emos] Paul. [Paulos] Remember [mnemoneuo] my [mou] bonds. [desmon] Grace [charis]be with [meta] you. [humon] Amen. [amen][Written [grapho] from [apo] Rome [Rhome] to [pros] Colossians [Kolossaeus] by [dia] Tychicus [Tuchikos] and [kai] Onesimus. [Onesimos]KJV-Interlinear
18 I, Paul, write this greeting
with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be
This close was written
by Paul himself.The body of the letter
was most likely dictated by him and written by someone else, even perhaps
Timothy.But that person is not known
Remembering Pauls imprisonment teaches us all
to remember that even in the direst of situations, God is able to work miracles
which benefit all.
Of the twenty-seven
books in the New Testament, Paul wrote thirteen of them.Many while he was in prison.And despite his handicap, his letters have
withstood the test of time and survived through a history in which most
writings have vanished from history.
His letters were never published,
in the beginning, by giant publishing houses, never held in trust by large
historical organizations, as they simply did not exist back then.
Pauls letters were hand written and hand delivered to
people who held Bible studies in private homes.Somewhere along the line, his letters were copied and re-copied and
remained intact, and accurate with respect to their content.And, they survived the rebellion against
Rome, the fall of Rome, the Dark Ages, the rise of Islam, and many more historical
events to numerous to mention.
And, it all began with
Gods using a man who was a murdering self-righteous legalist, destined to be
executed in Rome, over about a thirty year period from approximately 35 A.D.
until the late 60 s A.D.
And because of that
very narrow window in history, you and I have the opportunity of a lifetime, that we could never have by any other means.
The folks back then had
many difficulties to overcome especially because the Savior was crucified.And yet they rose above the barriers that would
prevent their spiritual growth.
And now, we have phenomenal
opportunities, and a much easier means of growing up in grace.The only question is,
who will seize these advantages and advance in their spiritual life to the
objective which God intends for us all?
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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