Talking with Non-Christians Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone Colossians 4:5,6 ‘Be wise in the way you act’ (4:5) is literally ‘walk in wisdom.’ Practically
Tychicus and Onesimus Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming
Final Greetings From Paul’s Companions My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God,
Greetings to Those in the Colossian Church Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
Paul’s Signature I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Colossians 4:18 Just as today a typed letter will still be signed, Paul here, as in several other letters (1 Corinthians 16:21; Galatians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:17), takes the pen from the ‘secretary’ (Romans 16:22) to ‘write
Ephesians – The Introduction Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 1:1 (NIV) ‘Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God’ (1:1). Paul claims the same title Jesus had given to the twelve, and whose background
The Greeting Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:1 (NIV) Paul has described his readers as ‘God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus’ (1:1) They are ‘holy people’ because they belong to God. They are believers because they have trusted in Christ.
Every Blessing Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 (NIV) Most of Paul’s letters start, after the initial greeting, by telling the church what he’s praying for when he thinks of them. He will
Chosen With a Purpose in Mind For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious
Redemption, Forgiveness and Our Understanding of God’s Grace In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:7,8 Paul has previously written that the Father has ‘blessed us in the heavenly realms