Further Instructions

Colossians 4

2 c Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it d with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may e open to us a door for the word, f to declare the mystery of Christ, g on account of which I am in prison - 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

5 h Walk in wisdom toward i outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always j be gracious, k seasoned with salt, l so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

  1. Cross References
    Colossians 4:2 - 4
    Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
    Ephesians 6:18 - 20
    Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
  2. Cross References
    Colossians 2:7
    Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
  3. Cross References
    Acts 14:27
    And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 16:25
    Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages
  5. Cross References
    Colossians 4:18
    I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
    Ephesians 6:20
    For which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
    Philippians 1:7
    It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
  6. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:15 - 17
    Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.
  7. Cross References
    Mark 4:11
    And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.
  8. Cross References
    Colossians 3:16
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
  9. Cross References
    Mark 9:50
    Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.
  10. Cross References
    1 Peter 3:15
    But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
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