Saints and Brethren

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae … (Colossians 1).

Paul included Timothy in the salutations of five other epistles he wrote: 1 Thessalonians, Philemon, Philippians, 2 Corinthians, and 2 Thessalonians. Why? It was not just that he was like a “beloved son” (2 Timothy 1:2) to Paul, rather, it was because Timothy was a faithful brother who labored alongside him in his gospel ministry.

Likewise, in Colossae Paul had not left them without teachers to continue the work among them. Indeed, there were both “saints” as well as “faithful brethren” who labored alongside them, teaching and encouraging them in the faith. Every healthy church has both saints as well as faithful brethren who minister to them. Together they are “in Christ” and for His gospel.

Lord, thank You for the faithful brethren You supply in our churches. For those of us who are counted among them we ask for Your grace as we serve the saints This Day. Amen.