Let us look this week at our last study of this
great book with the theme of “Being Complete In Christ Alone”.
In the concluding verses of Colossians Paul recalls those in his
life whom he has witnessed having a life of being complete in
If you have a Bible open let us
walk down through our text and mention these eleven men in Paul’s
concluding remarks. In verses 7-8 we have Tychicus who I see
as ‘A Commendable Man’. Paul mentions him as being a beloved
brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant. Tychicus ministers
to Paul while in prison. He was chosen to deliver the Books of
Ephesians and Colossians. Little did he know the morning he boarded
the boat, the two parchments he carried would out last the Roman
Empire, be translated into thousands of languages, read and studied
by millions, and lead to the salvation of an innumerable host.
He also mentions Onesimus
whom I find to be ‘A Converted Man’. He was a run away slave
whom Paul has seen gloriously converted and calls him a beloved
brother. He is willing to return to his slave master carrying the
great Epistle to Philemon. When a slave would return it would often
mean sure death for him as an example to the other slaves. His name
means ‘faithful’. Paul plays on that and says in Philemon he
who was unfaithful has now become faithful. Conversion changes a
man’s heart as well as his being.
In verse 10a he mentions
Aristarchus whom I see as ‘A Courageous Man’. Paul calls
him a fellow prisoner. He was arrested and almost killed by
Demetrius the Silver Smith when he stood with Paul in Acts. He has
come to Rome to stand with Paul and has become himself a prisoner.
Tradition says that Nero martyred him for his faith
I find also in verse
10 the mention of Marcus or John Mark and his uncle
Barnabas. I find that Marcus is ‘A Confessed Man’. He
failed while on a trip with Paul but later confessed and was
forgiven. Paul asked Timothy to bring him when he came to visit.
Paul said, ‘I find him profitable to me for the ministry’. I
find Barnabas was ‘A Compassionate Man’. He gave John Mark
another chance when Paul had at first given up on him.
Paul mentions Justus in
verse 11 whom I see as ‘A Comforting Man’. Paul said that
Justus was a ‘comfort’ to him. The word is our word
paregoric. This was used in the medical field as a soothing drug.
In verse 12 Epaphras is
mentioned as ‘A Consistent Man’. He was a man who prayed for
the spiritual well being of God’s people. In verse 14 there is a
mention of Luke, ‘A Caring Man’. He devoted most of
his medical profession to keeping Paul going. Demas is also
mentioned in this same verse. He is ‘A Controlled Man’. We
find later that he goes from being controlled by the world to come
to being controlled by this world.
We find mentioned in verse 15,
Nymphas who is ‘A Committed Man’. He had started a church
in his house in the town of Laodicea. O what a noble effort of
In verse 17 there is the mention of
Archippus who is ‘A Corrected Man’. He was the pastor
of the church of Colosse and Paul was telling him in a correcting
way to take heed to his ministry. In verse 18 Paul closes this book
with his own name, ‘A Chained Man’. Paul because he found
sufficiency in Christ alone was freer in prison then on the outside
and accomplished more locked up than free. If the Lord doesn’t
return for another 2,000 years will they mention any of us while
writing the roll call of the faithful?