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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
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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Christ, the Irresistible
Colossians 2:1-5
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!
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Published January 23rd, 2017
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The "for" in v.1 indicates that Paul is giving evidence for the struggle for their maturity he refers to in 1:28-29. He want them to know that even though he hasn't seen them face to face (vv. 1,5) he is devoted to their "full assurance" (v. 2) and to their "firmness of faith in Christ" (v. 5). To this end he continues to paint an irresistible picture of who Christ actually is. In Him are "hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (v. 3).
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Colossians 2:1-5
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Θέλω γὰρ ὑμᾶς εἰδέναι ἡλίκον ἀγῶνα ἔχω ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν καὶ τῶν ἐν Λαοδικείᾳ καὶ ὅσοι οὐχ ἑόρακαν τὸ πρόσωπόν μου ἐν σαρκί,
(Let me substantiate the struggle for your good I mentioned in 1:29) For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,
ἵνα παρακληθῶσιν αἱ καρδίαι αὐτῶν
in order that their hearts may be encouraged,
συμβιβασθέντες ἐν ἀγάπῃ
( because we all [cf. 5b] have been) knit together in (the sphere of) love,
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καὶ εἰς πᾶν πλοῦτος τῆς πληροφορίας τῆς συνέσεως,
and (the positive purpose is that you will have) all the riches of full assurance of understanding
εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν τοῦ μυστηρίου τοῦ θεοῦ, Χριστοῦ,
( namely that you will have) the knowledge of God’s mystery , which is Christ,
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ἐν ᾧ εἰσιν πάντες οἱ θησαυροὶ τῆς σοφίας καὶ γνώσεως ἀπόκρυφοι.
(the reason I want you to know Christ is because) in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Τοῦτο λέγω,
I say this (for a negative purpose as well)
ἵνα μηδεὶς ὑμᾶς παραλογίζηται ἐν πιθανολογίᾳ.
in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
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εἰ γὰρ καὶ τῇ σαρκὶ ἄπειμι,
For though I am absent in body,
ἀλλὰ τῷ πνεύματι σὺν ὑμῖν εἰμι,
yet I am with you in spirit,
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( in that I am) rejoicing
καὶ βλέπων ὑμῶν τὴν τάξιν καὶ τὸ στερέωμα τῆς εἰς Χριστὸν πίστεως ὑμῶν.
( because I am) seeing your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
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