We have looked at these verses individually, but it can be helpful to take them as a whole and consider the emphasis Paul makes on hearing God’s word. He asks for prayer so the Lord will provide open doors for the proclamation of the gospel. He also covets prayer so that he will speak the truth of Christ clearly, making it plain to those who hear it.

Paul exhorts Christians to consider their actions and speech around those who need to hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus. He says their speech should be gracious and seasoned with salt, again emphasizing the need people have to hear the truth of the gospel.

Christians know the great need men have in this world is the remission of their sins. Jesus, before he went to the cross ate the Passover meal with his disciples, and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins.”

This remission is a restoration to a right and good state with God. Sometimes it is a metaphor used for freeing one from a yoke and bondage; or the releasing of captives. When we have obtained remission of sins, we are released from that bondage (and guilt) under which sin held us. 

As we observed previously in our study of Colossians, sinners cannot receive forgiveness of sins until the justice of God is satisfied fully. Outside of this, no soul can be declared right with God. When Christ says his blood is for the remission of sins, he is declaring that his death will meet the requirement of God’s justice for those who come to him.

This is the good news men need to hear. All other privileges and benefits of the new covenant in Christ are given to believers in and with the remission of their sins, so that a man may conclude, he that has his sins remitted and forgiven, he has, and shall have the rest of the promises. The first thing is that remission of sins pulls down the wall, and brings a man into communion with God. 

Those outside of Christ need to hear this, but also those who belong to Christ, need to hear it and apply it to themselves, for the world is full of temptation and hardship. The first thing is to understand this, your sins are forgiven. If a man would make all comfort sure to himself, let him first make sure to himself, that his sins are forgiven him.

In order to benefit from the hearing of God’s Word, we need to respond and apply it. The only way to quiet one’s heart, and pacify it in distresses, is to harken to what God says in Christ. We see so often in Scripture the Lord saying, ‘give ear;’ ‘listen carefully,’ ‘hear my voice,’ for this is what will bring his people quiet and peace of mind.

Knowing you have remission of sins is what works patience in your heart. All the Scriptures point us to having patience, waiting on God; for God would have his people submissive and humble before him as those who have all his promises through his gift of grace in the Lord Jesus.

The Lord made plain to his people that they would have tribulation in this world, but the blood of Christ speaks peace to them. In Philippians 4:7, we read: “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

So when we promote the hearing of the Word of God to the world, we will do it better when we promote it within ourselves. We can’t own the Scriptures as the Word of God until it humbles our soul, and alters our mind and life. We have to look upon the Word not in a human manner, but as in a divine manner, because it is from God. 

And in promoting the gospel to those outside of Christ, we should remember the grace that brought us to embrace Christ for the remission of our sins. This should teach us humility and patience with others, waiting if God in time will give them repentance. Paul puts us in remembrance of continual thanksgiving and prayer before exhorting us to wise conduct and speech toward others.