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Colossians 1


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Chapter Summary

  • v1-2 - Paul's familiar introduction that we've seen in other epistles.

  • v3-14 - It can be so easy to say to a person "I'm praying for you..." Paul goes a step beyond and tells the Colossians exactly why he's praying for them and what he's praying for:

  • WHY he's praying: to give thanks because he's heard about:

  • Their faith and love;

  • How they are bearing fruit as they grow in the gospel;

  • That God has rescued us from darkness and brought us into the kingdom of Christ, since we have redemption and forgiveness of sins in Him.

  • WHAT he's praying (continually) for:

  • That God will fill you with knowledge through the wisdom the Spirit gives;

  • ...so that: you will live a live worthy of the Lord and will please Him in every way.

  • v15-23 - This passage is like a sidebar to the main passage reminding us once again who Jesus is and what He did.

  • Jesus is the image of God and the firstborn of creation, through whom all things have been made.

  • He has reconciled all things to Himself. In other words, He bought all that there is and paid with His blood which was shed on the cross.

  • Because you were bought by Christ, and the fullness of God dwells in Christ, you have been reconciled with God!

  • This is the Gospel message:

  • You are included in Christ. In Him, you've died to sin and have been raised to new life.

  • Therefore, He now presents you holy and blameless to the Father.

  • v24-20 - Paul has dedicated his life to preaching this gospel, and has endured significant suffering in doing so.

  • Yet Paul doesn't see the need to delve into the details of his suffering, as he right away begins praising the newly revealed mystery of the gospel.

  • The call to respond to God's grace is not something we are to do once in a while when we go to church or when we get a break in our busy schedules.

  • Instead, we must emulate the attitude and effort that Paul had:

I'm working as hard as possible with the energy that Christ has so powerfully energized me with (literal paraphrase of v29)

OLD TESTAMENT REFERENCE:

Genesis 1:28 reminds us that God's blessing always comes with an obligation to serve Him:

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”


Discuss:

Use the comment box below to discuss one or more of these questions:

  1. EYE FOR DETAIL—From what you recall seeing in this chapter, try answering the following question without looking at your Bible: Paul mentioned his fellow servant who taught the gospel to the Colossians. What was his name? (See verse 7.)

  2. Re-write Genesis 1:28 using phrases and ideas from Colossians 1. Use the comment box below.

Question 1 taken from The Complete Bible Discussion Guide: New Testament

Follow the AAA Prayer Pattern:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: God our Father (v2), the one who rules all things through our Lord Jesus Christ (v15-20)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom the Spirit gives (v9).

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:



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