Paul is closing the letter to the church at Colossae.
He is sending greeting and instructions.
Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also Barnabas’s cousin Mark (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him);
and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me.
We learn more of who is with Paul as he is writing.
Read what we learn about Aristarchus from the Word.
The city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed with one accord into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia.
And he was accompanied by Sopater of Berea, the son of Pyrrhus, and by Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.
And embarking in an Adramyttian ship, which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of Asia, we put out to sea accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica.
Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also Barnabas's cousin Mark (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him);
as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.
We learn that Aristarchus was…
- a traveling companion of Paul from Thessalonica, Macedonia
- accompanied Paul...even unto prison...a fellow prisoner
- a fellow worker
Aristarchus, a fellow worker, was faithful regardless of situation.
He voluntarily followed Paul through the beatings, arrests, storms, shipwrecks and imprisonments.
May we do likewise.
May we be faithful in that which the Lord has called.