Colossians

Final Words to Colossae

Colossians 4:16-18, “And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”...

Epaphras and Luke

Colossians 4:12-15, “12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you...

Comfort and Encouragement

Colossians 4:10-11, “10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my...
Where Is Your Mind?: Setting Your Mind on the Word

Where Is Your Mind?: Setting Your Mind on the Word

Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” I crumble a piece of paper in my hand and throw it toward the trash can several feet away. I almost never name the shot on the first (or second or third) try. Usually, I’m too...

Canceling Our Debt

Canceling Our Debt

Colossians 2:13-14, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it...

The Head of the Church

The Head of the Church

Colossians 1:18, "18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent." Ecclesiology—the doctrine of the church—occupied much of the Reformers’ attention because the Reformers loved...

The Great Sustainer

The Great Sustainer

Colossians 1:16-17, “16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold...

From Darkness to the Light of God’s Grace

From Darkness to the Light of God’s Grace

Colossians 1:13-14, “13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Most, if not of us, like a good rescue story. It makes for a great television show,...

A Life of Gratitude

A Life of Gratitude

Colossians 1:11-12, "11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light." The Christian life is a...