Our daily lives overflow with promotions that celebrate independence. Society declares that we answer only to ourselves. As Paul closes his letter to the Colossians, however, his life demonstrates quite the opposite. Alistair Begg explains that Paul modeled a biblical dependence on others. Like Paul, we will not fully understand our identity in Christ in isolation. We need the fellowship of Christians to keep us accountable and to embolden our witness.
10Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas.
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