Colossians 4:7-9

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Final Greetings of Paul's Letter to the Colossians

Colossians 4:7-9

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Lesson Number 22

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. In Tychicus we are taught three of God’s quality-control standards for Christians.
  2. Salvation does not relieve us of our social obligations.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s be a typical Tychicus and an open Onesimus.


  1. In which book of the Bible do we learn more about Onesimus?
  2. What is a quality-control standard?
  3. List the three quality-control standards of God, as seen in Tychicus.
  4. What is an important lesson learned from Onesimus?
  5. What should a person do about sins he committed before he became a Christian?


  1. The book of Philemon
  2. They are standards a product must meet before a company will release it to the public.
  3. a) a beloved brother, b) a faithful minister, c) a fellow bond-servant
  4. We are taught that salvation does not relieve us of our social obligations.
  5. Make them right in the eyes of the Lord and with the person offended.


  1. Review God’s quality-control standards. Are they true in your life? Are you easy to be with? Are you helpful and dependable? Are you a true bond-slave of Jesus Christ? It is never too late to develop these qualities!


  1. Are there sins in your life that you committed before you became a Christian that need to be dealt with? If so, deal with them according to biblical principles.

Key Verses

  • “Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord…” Colossians 4:7
  • “Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother…” Colossians 4:9

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