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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 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
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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Characteristics of the New Man
Colossians 3:18-21
The Christ-centeredness of these calls to submission and instructions to the ones in authority are radical.
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Published March 13th, 2017
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What follows are a series of specific examples of putting all the characteristics of the new man (3:10ff) and doing everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (17). He addresses three corresponding relationships in the typical household of Paul's day: wives and husbands (18-19), children and parents with a special focus on the father (20-21). In the next unit (3:22-4:1) he will address slaves and masters. It is not surprising that he would call the wives, children and slaves to submit to the authorities in their lives. However, the Christ-centeredness of their submission transforms everything (18b, 20a, and throughout verses 22-24). What is equally radical is his instructions to the ones in authority. With these qualifications the relationships must never be abusive.
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Colossians 3:18-21
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Αἱ γυναῖκες, ὑποτάσσεσθε τοῖς ἀνδράσιν
Wives, submit to your husbands,
ὡς ἀνῆκεν ἐν κυρίῳ.
as is fitting in the Lord.
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Οἱ ἄνδρες, ἀγαπᾶτε τὰς γυναῖκας
( and ) husbands, love your wives,
καὶ μὴ πικραίνεσθε πρὸς αὐτάς,
and do not be harsh with them.
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Τὰ τέκνα, ὑπακούετε τοῖς γονεῦσιν κατὰ πάντα,
( and ) children, obey your parents in everything,
τοῦτο γὰρ εὐάρεστόν ἐστιν ἐν κυρίῳ.
for this pleases the Lord.
Οἱ πατέρες, μὴ ἐρεθίζετε τὰ τέκνα ὑμῶν,
( and ) fathers, do not provoke your children,
ἵνα μὴ ἀθυμῶσιν.
lest they become discouraged.
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