Studies in the Epistle to the Colossians Part XII: Paul’s Final Words to the Colossians -- By: S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 121:484 (Oct 1964)
Article: Studies in the Epistle to the Colossians Part XII: Paul’s Final Words to the Colossians
Author: S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.


Studies in the Epistle to the Colossians
Part XII:
Paul’s Final Words to the Colossians

S. Lewis Johnson, Jr.

It is said that Lord Melbourne once remarked in Parliament, after divine principles were injected into the midst of a lively debate, “Things have come to a pretty pass when religion has to affect our daily lives.” I fear that this absurd attitude is more prevalent in the genuine Christian community than we realize or care to admit. We are quite often pious and reverent on the Lord’s Day, but what a different person we become on Monday morning—especially behind the wheel of our automobiles when we are just a little late for work and the traffic is heavy and slow-moving!

It is remarkable how often the Word of God stresses the fact that there should be daily exercise in spiritual things on the part of the Christian. For instance, it is expected that he follow the example of the noble Bereans and “daily” search the Scripture (cf. Acts 17:10–12). The psalmist has spoken of daily prayer, too, for he wrote, “I cry unto thee daily” (Ps 86:3; cf. 1 Thess 5:17). The Lord Jesus Himself stressed the necessity of continuous discipleship, when He said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). The Christian’s week, in a sense, ought to be a week of Sundays, because all of the days are His days. This is the necessary correlative of the resurrection and His glorious promise, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matt 28:20).

In this last section of Colossians the apostle gives his readers a snapshot of some of his friends in the Lord, and this unceasing occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ finds a prominent place in their lives. Among them there is Tychicus, the faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. There is Aristarchus, the apostle’s fellow prisoner. And above all, there is Epaphras, always laboring fervently for the Colossians in his prayers, Preceding the snapshot are several injunctions,

given in the present tense, which touch the inward life of prayer and the outward life of testimony. When Christ touches the life of a man, the whole life is touched, and every believer becomes a full-time servant of the Lord, although supporting himself in various callings—lawyer, doctor, or business man.

Another thing that one notices here is the obvious importance of the little things in ...

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