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Tom Steller is Pastor for Leadership Development and Associate Professor of New Testament.
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Paul wants the Colossians to be informed about how he is doing and to encourage their hearts.
Colossians 4:7-11
Paul moves toward the conclusion of his letter.
Colossians 4:2-6
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
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
How trusting in God empowers Moses to think, choose, and act in a way that enables him to endure suffering for the sake of lasting joy
Hebrews 11:24-26
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
Lord, help me to think, trust, and act like Moses when I am tempted to pursue life's fleeting pleasures
Hebrews 11:23-28
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A Portrait of Christ
Colossians 1:15-20
All things have been created in Christ and through Christ and for Christ!
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Published January 2nd, 2017
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In vv. 15-20 Paul goes into great depth describing who the "Son of His Love" (cf. v. 13) actually is. This is one of the most extended and exalted portraits of who Christ is and what he has accomplished that Paul has painted for us in all his writings. In vv. 15 and 17 Paul highlights Christ's preeminence over all creation as the unique image bearer of God the Father. Paul's reasoning for this is found in v. 16 and in vv. 19-20 where he asserts that all things have been created in him and through him and for him and that through his incarnation and through the cross all things are reconciled to the Father.
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Colossians 1:15-20
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ὅς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἀοράτου, πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως,
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ ἐκτίσθη τὰ πάντα
For [in reference to, in terms of, in the sphere of] him all things were created,
ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, τὰ ὁρατὰ καὶ τὰ ἀόρατα,
(when I say all things, I am including all things) in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
εἴτε θρόνοι εἴτε κυριότητες εἴτε ἀρχαὶ εἴτε ἐξουσίαι•
(by invisible I am including) whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
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τὰ πάντα διʼ αὐτοῦ
( furthermore ,) all things were created through him
καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν ἔκτισται•
and (climactically, all things were created) for him.
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καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν πρὸ πάντων
( therefore ) he is before all things,
καὶ τὰ πάντα ἐν αὐτῷ συνέστηκεν,
and in him all things hold together.
καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν ἡ κεφαλὴ τοῦ σώματος τῆς ἐκκλησίας•
And he is the head of the body, the church.
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ὅς ἐστιν ἀρχή, πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν,
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
ἵνα γένηται ἐν πᾶσιν αὐτὸς πρωτεύων,
that in everything he might be preeminent.
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ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ εὐδόκησεν πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα κατοικῆσαι
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
καὶ διʼ αὐτοῦ ἀποκαταλλάξαι τὰ πάντα εἰς αὐτόν,
and through him (God was pleased) to reconcile to him (i.e. Christ) all things,
εἰρηνοποιήσας διὰ τοῦ αἵματος τοῦ σταυροῦ αὐτοῦ,
( in that God is) making peace by the blood of his cross,
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[διʼ αὐτοῦ] εἴτε τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς εἴτε τὰ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.
(let me say it more specifically , God was pleased to reconcile all things) whether on earth or in heaven.
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