Tom Steller
Tom Steller is Pastor for Leadership Development and Associate Professor of New Testament.
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Paul grieves for his kinsmen
Romans 9:1-5
God is righteous!
Romans 9:14-18
God's Word has not fallen
Romans 9:6-13
Please and Welcome our Neighbor for the Glory of God
Romans 15:1-7
Why do you do what you?
Hebrews 11:23-28
Paul wants the Colossians to be informed about how he is doing and to encourage their hearts.
Colossians 4:7-11
Even the one who has the least options is to do his work wholeheartedly to the Lord.
Colossians 3:22-4:1
The Christ-centeredness of these calls to submission and instructions to the ones in authority are radical.
Colossians 3:18-21
The overarching banner of the new person is love.
Colossians 3:12-17
Put your worldliness to death. Get rid of vice. And do not lie to your brothers and sisters.
Colossians 3:5-11
Verses 3-4 is a tri-fold ground to the command to occupy our minds with what (WHO!) matters most--Christ, our ascended and seated Lord.
Colossians 3:1-4
Man-made, religious rules have no value to curb the real problem of our fallen human nature.
Colossians 2:20-23
The centrality of Christ is what frees us from the obsession with peripheral matters.
Colossians 2:16-19
Knowing the exalted Christ is the antidote to deception.
Colossians 2:6-15
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!
Colossians 2:1-5
While Christ's atoning suffering is complete once for all, his sufferings continue through his servants.
Colossians 1:24-29
The purpose of gospel reconciliation is to be presented holy to the Father.
Colossians 1:21-23
All things have been created in Christ and through Christ and for Christ!
Colossians 1:15-20
Paul prays for their knowledge of God's will to the end of producing in them a lifestyle of thanksgiving for Christ.
Colossians 1:9-14
Here is yet one more passage in Scripture that undermines the idea that one can be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.
Colossians 1:3-8
Central idea--persevere in the trials that are designed to perfect you.
James 1:2-4
God's assessment of who we are is the only assessment that ultimately matters.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
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A Focus on Prayer and Evangelism
Colossians 4:2-6
Paul moves toward the conclusion of his letter.
Published March 27th, 2017
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Paul now moves toward the conclusion of his letter by focusing on prayer. He encourages the Colossians to pray in general with thanksgiving (2b), and then specifically to pray for "us", i.e. Paul (who according to v. 3 is in prison) and Timothy and the circle of people who were in collaboration together (see 4:7ff). He specifically wants prayer to open doors "for the word" (3b), as he proclaims the mystery of Christ (3c, 4a). In vv. 5-6 he admonishes the Colossians to walk in wisdom toward outsiders (5a) and to speak in a salty grace-filled way answering the questions these outsiders may raise (6). In short, Paul is moving toward the end of his letter with a focus on prayer and evangelism.
Colossians 4:2-6
Τῇ προσευχῇ προσκαρτερεῖτε,
Continue steadfastly in prayer,
γρηγοροῦντες ἐν αὐτῇ ἐν εὐχαριστίᾳ,
( in that you are being) watchful in it with thanksgiving.
προσευχόμενοι ἅμα καὶ περὶ ἡμῶν,
( specifically ), At the same time, pray also for us,
ἵνα ὁ θεὸς ἀνοίξῃ ἡμῖν θύραν τοῦ λόγου
(here is the content of what to pray) that God may open to us a door for the word,
λαλῆσαι τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ Χριστοῦ, διʼ ὃ καὶ δέδεμαι,
( in order that we might) declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—
ἵνα φανερώσω αὐτὸ
( more specifically pray) that I may proclaim it (the mystery of Christ)
ὡς δεῖ με λαλῆσαι.
as it is necessary for me to speak.
Ἐν σοφίᾳ περιπατεῖτε πρὸς τοὺς ἔξω
( Furthermore ) Walk in wisdom toward outsiders,
τὸν καιρὸν ἐξαγοραζόμενοι.
in that you are redeeming the time (i.e. making the best use of the time)
ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν πάντοτε ἐν χάριτι,
( Specifically ) Let your speech always be gracious,
ἅλατι ἠρτυμένος,
( in that it has been) seasoned with salt,
εἰδέναι πῶς δεῖ ὑμᾶς ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἀποκρίνεσθαι.
in order that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
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