The Closing Blessing
The letter closes with an urgent spur to Archippus to be true to a special task which has been given to him. It may be that we can never tell what that task was; for the moment, we must leave it at that.
Paul used a secretary to write his letters. We know, for instance, that the penman who did the writing of Romans was called Tertius ( Romans 16:22). It was Paul's custom at the end of a letter to write his signature and his blessing with his own hand-and here he does just that. "Remember my bonds," he says. Over and over again in this series of letters, Paul refers to his bonds (Ephesians3:1; 4:1; 6:20; Philemon v.9)
There is no self-pity and no sentimental plea for sympathy. Paul says at the end of his letter to the Galatians, "I bear in my body the marks of Jesus" (Galatians 6:17). But Paul's reference to his sufferings are not pleas for sympathy; they are his claims to authority, the guarantees of his right to speak. Paul is saying, "My only right to speak is that I, too, have carried the Cross of Christ."
And so, the letter comes to its inevitable end. The end of every one of Paul's letters is grace. He always ended by commending others to that grace that he himself had found sufficient for all things.
What have you profited by this walk through the Colossians? I trust it opened to you experience with Paul and with God so that you want a closer God-experience.
Dear Father, I pray for all those who have walked through the Apostle Paul's letter to the Colossians and now have a desire to walk closer to You than ever before. Only You know the future that You have for them. I know from the life of experiences that my family and I have had, there is a great adventure ahead for them. I pray that they will desire a whole new life of being under Your guidance. Thank You for loving Your children and guiding them. Amen!