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
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
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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Christ is the Center
Colossians 2:16-19
The centrality of Christ is what frees us from the obsession with peripheral matters.
Published February 6th, 2017
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The implications of the reality of who Christ is and what He has accomplished are far reaching. Since He is the substance (17b), everything must center on him. It relativizes the importance of everything else, such as food, drink, festivals, new moons, and sabbaths (16). The Christian doesn't need to fear the opinions and judgments of people who would judge and condemn over peripheral matters (16, 18a). If Christ isn't at the center (19a), people will get hooked into peripheral and sometimes bizarre things such as asceticism, worship of angles, visions, and self exaltation (18b,c,d). But when one holds onto Christ as the center, he or she grows as a significant part of the whole body of Christ (19).
Colossians 2:16-19
Μὴ οὖν τις ὑμᾶς κρινέτω ἐν βρώσει καὶ ἐν πόσει ἢ ἐν μέρει ἑορτῆς ἢ νεομηνίας ἢ σαββάτων
Therefore (because of who Christ is and what He has accomplished) 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.
ἅ ἐστιν σκιὰ τῶν μελλόντων,
( For ) these are a shadow of the things to come,
τὸ δὲ σῶμα τοῦ Χριστοῦ.
but the substance belongs to Christ.
μηδεὶς ὑμᾶς καταβραβευέτω
( Therefore ) let no one disqualify/ pass judgment on you,
θέλων ἐν ταπεινοφροσύνῃ καὶ θρησκείᾳ τῶν ἀγγέλων,
( when he is) insisting on asceticism and worship of angels,
ἃ ἑόρακεν ἐμβατεύων,
( and he is) going on in detail about visions,
εἰκῇ φυσιούμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ νοὸς τῆς σαρκὸς αὐτοῦ,
( and he is) being puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
καὶ οὐ κρατῶν τὴν κεφαλήν,
( for he is) not holding fast to the Head,
ἐξ οὗ πᾶν τὸ σῶμα...αὔξει τὴν αὔξησιν τοῦ θεοῦ...
( even though ) from [Him] the whole body...grows with a growth that is from God...
διὰ τῶν ἁφῶν καὶ συνδέσμων ἐπιχορηγούμενον
( in that the body is being) nourished
καὶ συμβιβαζόμενον
and knit together through its joints and ligaments.
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