February 3, 1985
In the final greetings of his letter to the Colossians, we get a glimpse into the apostle Paul’s heart. As Alistair Begg notes, Paul had a great capacity to love others by eagerly sharing his ministry with them and responding with gratitude to those who assisted him. Paul’s companions differed in backgrounds and personalities, yet each played a vital role in the spread of the Gospel. Still today, we can rejoice that God uses both our shortcomings and our strengths to support each other in the work of His kingdom.
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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