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March 22nd, 2018 - Col 4:3

                     Daily Devotional <> March 22,2018 <> Thursday

                        The Believer's prayer life <> Colossians 4:3

                            Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul here asked the Colossians to pray for him & his fellow servants of the Lord who were with him to Rome. It is beautiful here that he does not ask to be released from prison, but rather that God would open a door to him for preaching the Word. What an important lesson there is in this for us! It is all too possible for us to go around opening doors for ourselves in Christian service. But this is a peril to be avoided. It is the Lord who opens doors for us, then can enter them with confidence, knowing that He is leading. On the other hand, if we open the doors for ourselves, then we cannot be sure that we are in the center of the Lord's will, we might be stooping to carnal means to carry on the so-called work of the Lord. Paul's specific request is that a door for the Word might be opened to him to speak the mystery of Christ, for which he was in chains. The mystery of Christ in this verse is the truth of the church, & particularly that aspect of it which might be defined by the expression “Christ for the Gentiles.” That was the special aspect of the Gospel message which was committed to Paul to preach. It was because he dared to suggest that Gentiles could be saved in the same way as the Jews that the Jewish leaders finally succeeded in having him sent to Rome as a prisoner.

   Some say that the mystery of the church was revealed to Paul while he was in prison. They seem to put great emphasis on the prison epistles while seeming to underestimate the importance of the Gospels & other books of the New Testament. But it is clear from this verse that the preaching of the mystery was the cause of his imprisonment & therefore must have been revealed to him some time before his arrest.

   He is anxious to make manifest, that is to preach in such a clear manner that it will be readily understood by the people. This should be the desire of every Christian who seeks to make Christ known. There is no virtue in being “deep.” We should aim to reach the masses of humanity &, in order to do so, the message must be presented simply & clearly.