And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
When first I read this verse I wondered why it had been selected. After all, isn’t it the same message we read throughout the Bible? Why this particular verse? Then I thought, maybe I’m not “reading it in the proper context.” I decided to review Colossians and realized that I couldn’t even remember what Colossians is all about! It didn’t take long to review – four chapters of less than 100 verses total; but, I still had no idea as to why this verse. So off to a trusted internet Bible study site. Ten minutes later I had the following historical information (most of which is contained elsewhere in the Bible – Acts, Philemon and other New Testament Books).
Paul had written this epistle while in prison, having not yet ever been to Colossae, home to this group of Christians. Epaphras, likely their leader who had been converted by Paul and spent over two years in ministry in Ephesus, had written a report to Paul. He was concerned about false teachers among the Colossian Christians. They were saying that Jesus was not God in human form nor was He a deity. Colossians is Paul’s response to Epephras’ report.
Now let’s look again at the subject verse. It begins: And whatever you do . . . which is almost always a warning, and I believe it is here. Usually, it’s followed by what not to do. Paul chooses to concentrate rather on what you must do for salvation. He wastes no time on the false teachers, which to me seems to place a sense of urgency on the matter. Is this applicable today? We still have the false teacher with us, don’t we?
Prayer: Dear Lord, Please grant to all of us the patience and diligence to closely examine every word that you have given to us through the prophets and apostles, that we might have complete understanding. Amen!