The church’s servant
According to God’s commission
That was given
The word of God
ἧς ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ διάκονος κατὰ τὴν οἰκονομίαν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὴν δοθεῖσάν μοι εἰς ὑμᾶς πληρῶσαι τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ,
Paul said, “I became the church’s servant or minister deacon (ἧς ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ διάκονος) according to God’s commission (κατὰ τὴν οἰκονομίαν τοῦ Θεοῦ) that was given to me for you (τὴν δοθεῖσάν μοι εἰς ὑμᾶς), to make the word of God (τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ) fully known or complete (πληρῶσαι).” This is similar to Ephesians, chapter 3:2 where Paul said, “Surely, you have heard (εἴ γε ἠκούσατε) of the commission (τὴν οἰκονομίαν) of God’s grace (τῆς χάριτος τοῦ Θεοῦ) that was given me (τῆς δοθείσης μοι) for you (εἰς ὑμᾶς).” Paul explained that they must have heard how Paul was given God’s grace to be a missionary to the gentiles for Jesus Christ. Paul was the servant minister or deacon according to God’s plan or commission. He was to manage the affairs of this growing gentile Christian church community. This was his calling to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the gentiles. God in a revelation had asked him to be the apostle to the gentiles. Thus, the gentiles in Colossae were the very people that God wanted Paul to serve. His purpose was very simple. He had to make the word of God know to them in such a way that it would be fully known or completed there. They would have full knowledge of the word of God, if Paul had his way. Do you have any special commission from God?