Colossians 4:17
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New International Version
Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord."

New Living Translation
And say to Archippus, "Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you."

English Standard Version
And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”

Berean Study Bible
Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord."

Berean Literal Bible
And say to Archippus: "Take heed to the ministry that you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."

New American Standard Bible
Say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."

King James Bible
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And tell Archippus, "Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it."

International Standard Version
Tell Archippus, "See that you complete the ministry you have received from the Lord."

NET Bible
And tell Archippus, "See to it that you complete the ministry you received in the Lord."

New Heart English Bible
Tell Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And tell Arkippus, “Remember the ministry that you have received in Our Lord, that you finish it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tell Archippus to complete all the work that he started as the Lord's servant.

New American Standard 1977
And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And say to Archippus, Take heed to fulfil the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

American King James Version
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

American Standard Version
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And say to Archippus: Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

Darby Bible Translation
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in [the] Lord, to the end that thou fulfil it.

English Revised Version
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And say to Archippus, take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.

Weymouth New Testament
And tell Archippus to discharge carefully the duties devolving upon him as a servant of the Lord.

World English Bible
Tell Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it."

Young's Literal Translation
and say to Archippus, 'See to the ministration that thou didst receive in the Lord, that thou mayest fulfil it.'
Study Bible
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16After this letter has been read among you, make sure that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. 17Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete” the ministry you have received in the Lord. 18This greeting is in my own hand—Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.…
Cross References
2 Timothy 4:5
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Philemon 1:2
to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets at your house:
Treasury of Scripture

And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

Archippus.

Philemon 1:2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and …

Take.

Leviticus 10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, This is it that the LORD spoke, saying, …

Numbers 18:5 And you shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of …

2 Chronicles 29:11 My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD has chosen you to stand …

Ezekiel 44:23,24 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself, and to the doctrine; continue in them: for …

1 Timothy 6:11-14,20 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 4:1-5 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who …

the ministry.

Acts 1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed …

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

1 Timothy 4:6,14 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall …

2 Timothy 1:6 Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which …

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

fulfil.

2 Timothy 4:5 But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an …

(17) Say to Archippus.--Archippus is included in the salutation of the Epistle to Philemon (Philemon 1:1) apparently as a member of his family, and is generally thought to have been his son. He held a "ministry in the Church. The word is the same as the word "diaconate," but it is obviously used in a more general sense, precisely as in the charge to Timothy (2Timothy 4:5), "Make full proof of thy ministry; "and the whole tone of the passage here suggests that, like Timothy's, it was a ministry of some prominence in the Church. Tradition makes him afterwards a bishop of Laodicea; it is likely enough that he had that leadership among the presbyters, from which the episcopate was developed at the close of the Apostolic period. Whether this was at Coloss--his father's native place--or Laodicea, cannot be gathered with any certainty from the context. The exhortation comes in close connection with Laodicea; yet, on the other hand, it seems strange to send through one church a message to a chief pastor of another. In any case this indirect transmission of a charge is curious, standing in marked contrast with the direct personal addresses of the Philippian Epistle (Philippians 4:2-3).

Which thou hast received in the Lord.--Properly, which thou dost receive. The probability seems to be that he received it from St. Paul, or perhaps Epaphras. The phrase is "in the Lord," not "from the Lord." Contrast Galatians 1:12, "I received it not from man, neither was I taught but by revelation of Jesus Christ."

Verse 17. - And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou receivedst in (the) Lord, that thou fulfil it (Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 1:18, 19; 1 Timothy 4:6, 11-16; 1 Timothy 6:13, 14, 20, 21; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:5). From the connection of this verse with the two preceding, it seems likely that "the ministry" of Archippus related to the Laodicean Church. Hence he is not addressed directly. If he was, as we gather from Philemon 1, 2, the son of Philemon, whose house formed a centre for the Colossian Church (Philemon 1:2), the warning would be suitably conveyed through this channel. In the letter to Philemon, the apostle calls him his" fellow soldier" (comp. Colossians 4:10; Philippians 1:29, 30). Both from this fact, and from the emphasis of the words before us, it would appear that his office was an important one, probably that of chief pastor. This warning addressed so early to the minister of the Laodicean Church is premonitory of the lapsed condition in which it is afterwards found (Revelation 3:14-22); see Lightfoot, pp. 42, 43. (For "ministry" (διακονία), comp. Colossians 1:7, 23; 1 Corinthians 4:1, etc. For "received," comp. note, Colossians 2:6.) "In the Lord; "for every office in the Church is grounded in him as Head and Lord (Colossians 1:18; Colossians 2:6; Colossians 3:17, 24; Colossians 4:7; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Corinthians 12:5, etc.), and must be administered according to his direction and as subject to his judgment (see 1 Corinthians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; 2 Corinthians 10:17, 18; 2 Corinthians 13:10; Galatians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:1, 2). "Fulfil" (comp. Colossians 1:26; 2 Timothy 4:5; Acts 12:25). This admonition resembles those addressed to Timothy in the Pastoral Epistles. And say to Archippus,.... A name common among the Grecians. This person the apostle calls his fellow soldier, in Plm 1:2 and who was now the minister of the Gospel at Colosse, his fellow minister, or co-pastor Epaphras, being at Rome, and a prisoner there; though by some he is said to be the first bishop of the Laodiceans, but it seems most likely that he now resided at Colosse, and was their minister: who being negligent in his office, they are called upon to say unto him,

take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord,

that thou fulfil it. The "ministry" he had, was not that of the office of a deacon, as some have thought, but of a preacher of the word; and this he had "received" gifts for, and was called unto it, and installed in it; and that "in", and "by the Lord" himself, and to whom he was accountable for it: and therefore it was incumbent on him to "fulfil it"; by constantly preaching the word, and faithfully administering the ordinances; by defending truth, detecting error, reproving vice, visiting the sick, and comforting the feeble minded; taking heed in all things to himself and doctrine, that he feed the whole flock of God with wholesome food; and, as a wise and faithful steward, give to everyone their portion of meat in due season: hence it appears, that when ministers are negligent in the discharge of their duty, the church has a power to admonish and exhort them to a diligent performance of it. 17. say to Archippus—The Colossians (not merely the clergy, but the laymen) are directed, "Speak ye to Archippus." This proves that Scripture belongs to the laity as well as the clergy; and that laymen may profitably admonish the clergy in particular cases when they do so in meekness. Bengel suggests that Archippus was perhaps prevented from going to the Church assembly by weak health or age. The word, "fulfil," accords with his ministry being near its close (Col 1:25; compare Phm 2). However, "fulfil" may mean, as in 2Ti 4:5, "make full proof of thy ministry." "Give all diligence to follow it out fully"; a monition perhaps needed by Archippus.

in the Lord—The element in which every work of the Christian, and especially the Christian minister, is to be done (Col 4:7; 1Co 7:39; Php 4:2).4:10-18 Paul had differed with Barnabas, on the account of this Mark, yet he is not only reconciled, but recommends him to the churches; an example of a truly Christian and forgiving spirit. If men have been guilty of a fault, it must not always be remembered against them. We must forget as well as forgive. The apostle had comfort in the communion of saints and ministers. One is his fellow-servant, another his fellow-prisoner, and all his fellow-workers, working out their own salvation, and endeavouring to promote the salvation of others. The effectual, fervent prayer is the prevailing prayer, and availeth much. The smiles, flatteries, or frowns of the world, the spirit of error, or the working of self-love, leads many to a way of preaching and living which comes far short of fulfilling their ministry. But those who preach the same doctrine as Paul, and follow his example, may expect the Divine favour and blessing.
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