Chapter 4:7 As to all my affairs; Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring your information.
Tychicus was one of the bearers of this letter as we see in Acts 20:4. I would like for you to notice the characteristics that Paul brings out about Tychicus. He was a dear brother, a faithful servant as well as a fellow bond servant. Aren’t those all qualities that we need to develop more fully in our lives?
Chapter 4:8 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;
Chapter 4:9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.
One of the things that I love about Paul was he wanted to let the people of Colossae how much he cared for them as well as keep them informed in the spread of the Gospel. We see in verse 9 that Onesimus is with him. Onesimus was one of the millions of slaves in the Roman Empire at the time and had stolen from Philemon, his master and had run away. Onesimus made it to Rome where he met Paul, who led him to Christ(Philemon v.10). His Christian duty required him to return to Philemon and face his punishment. His punishment would normally mean death, and that is one of the reasons that Paul wrote the letter to Philemon on Onesimus behalf. The question that came out of this for me was this. Are there things in my life in which I am avoiding my Christian duty.
Chapter 4:10 Aristrachus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings; and also Barnabas’cousin Mark (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you welcome him);
Chapter 4:11 and also Jesus who is called Justus: these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me.
We see that Mark, who is the author of the second gospel has returned after his problems in the first missionary journey and has found his way back into Paul’s favor. In verse 11 we see a Jesus who is called Justus, but unfortunately there is nothing else known of him.
Chapter 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
Chapter 4:13 For I testify for him that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Chapter 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings and also Demas.
In verse 14, we see that Luke is there as well as Demas who later defected as we see in 2 Timothy 4:10.
Chapter 4:15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also Nympha and the church that is in her house.
Chapter 4:16 When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.
Chapter 4:17 Say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord that you may fulfill it.”
Chapter 4:18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.
We need to remember that early congregations met in homes as we see here as well as in 1 Corinthians 16:19 and Philemon 2. The church in a particular city may have several house churches as we see in 1 Corinthians 1:2. We see in verse 16 that a letter was sent and read and some believe that this was the letter to the Ephesians.