“Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.”
“Now when this epistle is read among you”
Paul expects that Colossians will be read publicly in the assembly both in Colossians and Laodicea. This stipulation for reading the Word publicly gives some indication of how the early church practiced worship.
“Read” means to exegete Colossians. Few churches expound the Bible verse by verse. God wants us to study the Word.
“see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans”
Paul also expected that Colossians would be read publicly in the church of the Laodiceans as well. New Testament churches shared the books of the Bible. Colossians was obviously intended for other churches as well. It was intended for the church of today.
“and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea”
The Epistle from Laodicea is now lost. It did not belong to the authorized books of the Bible known as the “canon.” The canon is those books which the church as deemed inspired.
Not all epistles that Paul wrote were inspired. However, the Laodicean letter may be the book of Ephesians. The first and seventh of the churches of Revelation are Ephesus and Laodicea. The letter was sent first to Ephesus then to the other churches on that circuit ending up at Laodicea. Therefore, this epistle may be Ephesians.
Circular letters written by Paul were to be read by all the churches in that area.
God has designed the local church as the place for growth in the Word of God.
Local churches are geographically pinpointed. Born again people make up the local church. These people support the missionary enterprise around the world. That is where they should study the Bible from a gifted pastor.
Do you attend a church where you are taught the Word of God?