[At the close of his letter, Paul reveals how he and many others are living out the content of Colossians, i.e., they’re living their lives in relationship with Christ: it is Jesus’ thoughts, words and actions that guide them; this enables them to put their lives secondary, thus] Paul wants the Colossians to be in constant conversation with God expecting an answer. They should ask God to provide Paul and his team opportunities to present the “mystery of Christ” to the nonChristian [i.e., to let the non-Christian know that they too can have a tight relationship with the God of the universe as He guides them 24/7]. They should also ask God to give Paul the ability to present the Gospel in an appealing manner, which is how they should approach the non-Christian too. Tychicus and Onesimus will update them about Paul and his team. Aristarchus, Mark, Justus, Luke, and Demas greet the Colossians. And they should greet those in Laodicea and Nymphas and his home church. Epaphras, a fellow Colossian, also greets them; he’s been praying constantly for them and others so that they will be in absolute harmony with God’s will, i.e., so that their relationship with Christ will be perfect and complete. Paul also wants the Colossians and Laodiceans to exchange letters so that each will know the other’s content. And he asks the Colossians to encourage Archippus to fulfill the ministry he received in the Lord. Finally, Paul signs the letter himself and asks them to remember his imprisonment as he wishes them God’s grace. Amen.

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