Colossians 4:14 (NET) 14 part B Our dear friend Luke the physician and Demas greet you.
Our dear friend Luke the physician and – see previous Bible study about Luke.
Demas greet you – we know very little about Demas. It appears that he was with Paul to send along his greetings at the time Paul wrote this letter to the Colossians.
Below are additional verses in the New Treatment about Demas.
Philemon 1:24 (NET) 24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my colaborers, greet you too.
2 Timothy 4:10 (NET) 10 For Demas deserted me, since he loved the present age, and he went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia.
Therefore, when you piece together the life of Demas you have the following:
- His name means ‘governor of the people’. His name is pronounced day-mas.
- Demas was a Gentile since he was not named in the list of converted Jews shown Colossians 4 verses 10 and 11.
- Demas was a colaborer of Paul.
- Demas was with Paul when Paul wrote to the Colossians and Philemon.
- Demas went to Thessalonica as this may have been his home town.
- The Colossians list of names includes additional kind words about everyone else except for Demas.
- Demas deserted Paul because of his love for the present age.
- The word translated deserted means to abandon, forsake, and to leave behind.
- The Greek word translated age is often translated, world, by other English versions. The NLT translates it, the things of this life.
- The sense is that Demas was finished with his sacrificial labor with Paul, and he chose to leave the work to pursue the things of the world.
Below are a few possible interpretations regarding this statement…
1. Demas not only forsook Paul, but He also forsook Christ and apostatized.
Discussion Question: Do you know of others who deserted their service to God and completely abandoned their faith in Christ?
2. Demas forsook Paul to pursue a backslider’s sinfull lifestyle.
Discussion Question: Do you know of others who deserted their service to God to pursue sin yet still desire to profess Christ?
3. Demas left Paul to pursue a life of ambition to feel secure or significant.
Discussion question: Do you know of others who deserted their service for God for excessive security, selfishness, or significance?
4. Demas left Paul out of self preservation by avoiding persecution and pursuing the safety of the world?
Do you think it’s ok to forsake a current service for God to avoid persecution to preserve one’s own life?
How should we respond to those who have deserted God, service to God, or the church?
Have you ever had a brother or sister forsake you when you were counting on them? If so, how did this affect you?
Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
Do you have Temptations of Desertion like Demas?
I, Jesus, will never desert you. I will never leave you or forsake you.
Are you hurt by others?
Do you doubt Me because of the evil in this world?
Is the lust of sin calling your name?
Do you feel I am not enough? Are you bored with Me?
Are you seeking to be satisfied with substance or significance? Are you afraid?
Repent toward Me.
Draw close to Me.
Fast and seek Me.
Come talk to Me.
Find your treasure in Me.