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
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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Having Died with Christ
Colossians 2:20-23
Man-made, religious rules have no value to curb the real problem of our fallen human nature.
Published February 13th, 2017
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The "if" in v. 20a is a "rhetorical if". The Colossians have indeed died with Christ (cf. 3:3) and there is no legitimate reason for them to go on living under the influence of the world system (20b) which is governed by the elemental spirits (20a) and imposes man-made external rules (21). These rules which seem to be keys to successful religion (23a) have no value to curb the real problem of our fallen human nature (23b).
Colossians 2:20-23
Εἰ ἀπεθάνετε σὺν Χριστῷ ἀπὸ τῶν στοιχείων τοῦ κόσμου,
( Since ) with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world,
τί ὡς ζῶντες ἐν κόσμῳ
( in other words ) you are no longer alive in the world,
( therefore there is no legitimate reason for you to submit to regulations—
μὴ ἅψῃ
(here are three examples of the regulations:) “Do not handle,
μηδὲ γεύσῃ
( and ) do not taste,
μηδὲ θίγῃς,
( and ) do not (even) touch”
ἅ ἐστιν πάντα εἰς φθορὰν τῇ ἀποχρήσει,
( Reason #1 for not submitting to such regulations:) they refer to things that all perish in the using
κατὰ τὰ ἐντάλματα καὶ διδασκαλίας τῶν ἀνθρώπων,
( Reason #2: the rules) are based on human precepts and teachings
ἅτινά ἐστιν λόγον μὲν ἔχοντα σοφίας ἐν ἐθελοθρησκίᾳ καὶ ταπεινοφροσύνῃ [καὶ] ἀφειδίᾳ σώματος,
( Reason #3) ( although ) these (rules) have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self- made religion and asceticism and severity to the body,
οὐκ ἐν τιμῇ τινι πρὸς πλησμονὴν τῆς σαρκός.
( neverthelss ) these (rules) are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
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