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Colossians 4 verse 10 part A

10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings…..

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Phrases:

Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings –meaning at the time Paul wrote this letter, Aristarchus was in prison with Paul.  

His heart was with the Colossians so he sent his greetings.

From the next verse in this Colossians passage, it appears Aristarchus was Jewish.  Below are verses showing other scriptures regarding Aristarchus that we may learn more about this faithful man’s life.

Acts 19:29 (NET)

29 The city was filled with the uproar, and the crowd rushed to the theater together, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions.

Acts 20:4 (NET)

4 Paul was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.

Acts 27:2 (NET)
2 We went on board a ship from Adramyttium that was about to sail to various ports along the coast of the province of Asia and put out to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica.

Philemon 1:24 (NET)

24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my colaborers, greet you too.

Therefore, when you piece together Aristarchus’ life from the New Testament, we learn the following:

  • Aristarchus was a Thessalonian from Macedonia.
  • Aristarchus was Jewish.  Most likely he was persecuted in some way by the Jews in his home town since they were aggressively against the Gospel, Acts 17.
  • His name means ‘best ruling’.  Though he never ruled on earth he will reign with Christ in Heaven. 
  • Aristarchus traveled with Paul during a time when travel was very difficult compared to today. 
  • Aristarchus was persecuted by the Ephesians by being dragged into the theater during the Ephesian uproar.
  • Aristarchus accompanied Paul to Rome after Paul appealed to Caesar after several hearings. On this journey, they went hungry for several days and were shipwrecked before finally arriving in Italy.
  • Aristarchus is named as a co-laborer by Paul.
  • Aristarchus is called a fellow prisoner by Paul.

Discussion Questions:

Have you ever experienced ridicule or persecution from those close to you because of your faith in Jesus?

Have you heard of hardship stories of believers in our country for following Jesus?

Have you ever traveled for a missionary trip?  Explain what it was like?

Are you laboring for Christ in some way?

How have you been inspired by the life of Aristarchus?


Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Is your Heart Aroused by Aristarchus?

Bob,

I am pleased by your service to Me, but could you do more?  Is your heart aroused by the life of Aristarchus?  Could your family do more?  Could your church do more?  Are you willing to increase your commitment to My work?  Are you willing to suffer hardships for My name?  Of course, I just don’t want your service, but I want you – I want more of you.

 

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