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...

Gracious Speech

Colossians 4:5-6, “5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Mahatma Gandhi was the leader who secured India’s independence...

The Word of Christ

Colossians 3:1-17, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,...

God-Given Growth in Christ

God-Given Growth in Christ

Colossians 2:16-19, “16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you,...

God in Christ

God in Christ

Colossians 2:8-10, “8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you...

A Perfect, Eternal Union

A Perfect, Eternal Union

Colossians 2:9, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,” How is Christ, after His ascension, localized in heaven and yet with His people no matter where we are (Matt. 28:18–20; Acts 1:6–11)? According to His humanity, Jesus is not on earth, but...

Human Philosophies

Human Philosophies

Colossians 2:8, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ.” Despite the fact that the Christians in Colossae were standing in...

Walking in Christ Jesus

Walking in Christ Jesus

Colossians 2:6-7, “6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Practically speaking, that which is principally required of us when...

Paul’s Presence in Colossae

Paul’s Presence in Colossae

Colossians 2:4-5, “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.” Satan is called the master deceiver...

Christ Our Wisdom

Christ Our Wisdom

Colossians 2:3, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” As we begin our study today, again note that the historical background of Colossians is essential to understanding Paul’s purposes in writing as well as applying his teaching rightly....

Love and Assurance

Love and Assurance

Colossians 2:1-2, “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of...

Proclaiming Christ

Proclaiming Christ

Colossians 1:28-29, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” Addressing a congregation that...

The Riches of God’s Mystery

The Riches of God’s Mystery

Colossians 1:27, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” As noted yesterday, Paul uses the term mystery to refer to a truth that was partially and dimly...

A Mystery Now Revealed

A Mystery Now Revealed

Colossians 1:25-26, “of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.” Mystery religions that promised...

Filling Up Christ’s Afflictions

Filling Up Christ’s Afflictions

Colossians 1:24, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,” Questions about the sufficiency of Christ due to false teaching that emphasized...

Persevering in Gospel Hope

Persevering in Gospel Hope

Colossians 1:23, “if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[a] under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.” Perseverance of the saints is the...

The Goal of Reconciliation

The Goal of Reconciliation

Colossians 1:21-22, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” Having spoken of the majesty and...

Cosmic Reconciliation

Cosmic Reconciliation

Colossians 1:15-23, 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 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...

From Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light

Colossians 1:9-14 “9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him:...

Proper Christian Growth

Proper Christian Growth

Colossians 1:9-10, "9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him:...

The Fruit of the Gospel

The Fruit of the Gospel

Colossians 1:5b-8, “5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day...

The Grounding of Hope

The Grounding of Hope

Colossians 1:3-5a, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard...

To the Saints in Colossae

To the Saints in Colossae

Colossians 1:1-2, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers[a] in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” As we learned in last year’s study of the new covenant’s...

Comfort and Encouragement

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...

Greetings and Encouragement for the People of God

Greetings and Encouragement for the People of God

Colossians 4:7-9, “7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and...

Cross-Minded Conduct and Conversation

Cross-Minded Conduct and Conversation

As Paul wraps up his teaching portion of the letter to the Colossians, he shifts from the topic of how union in Christ is manifested in the personal lives of believers and in their relationships within the body to their public walk before an unbelieving and watching...

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...

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...

Lessons from Paul and His Friends

Lessons from Paul and His Friends

Colossians 4:7-18, “7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts,...

Praying to God, Talking to People

Praying to God, Talking to People

In the last article, we dealt with Paul’s exhortation to slaves and masters in the Colossians as part of the household rules section of the letter. As those who now have Christ as their primary Master, Paul’s teaching is essential for it outlines how God’s people are...

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Colossians 2:20-23, “20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are...

Walking in Christ

Walking in Christ

Colossians 2:5-7, “5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. 6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and...

The Great Concern and Desire of the Apostle

The Great Concern and Desire of the Apostle

Do you have a wish list for your church? Things you would like to see changed about your local church? Maybe you wish your church had more options for children or more Bible studies. Perhaps you wish your church had a counselor hired on staff. Perhaps you wish your...

We Do Ministry by His Power in Us

We Do Ministry by His Power in Us

Colossians 1:24-29, “24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was...

Once Alienated, Now Reconciled

Once Alienated, Now Reconciled

On the second Sunday of each month the saints of CrossLife Church, where I serve as Pastoral Assistant, partake in the Lord’s Supper together. Coming to the table and taking communion is no trivial routine. In fact, Paul, in great detail, reminds the church at Corinth...

Grounding Our Lives in the Hope of the Gospel

Grounding Our Lives in the Hope of the Gospel

Colossians 1:1-5, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when...