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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
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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Once Alienated, Now Reconciled
Colossians 1:21-23
The purpose of gospel reconciliation is to be presented holy to the Father.
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#holiness
Published January 9th, 2017
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Paul now focuses on the reconciliation he mentions in v. 20. We were alienated (21) but through Christ's death we have been reconciled to God (22a). The purpose of this reconciliation is that Christ might present us to the Father perfectly holy (22b). Whereas v. 20 might have implied universal reconciliation, v. 23 makes it clear that perseverance in faith and hope in the gospel are essential for final salvation.
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Καὶ ὑμᾶς ποτε ὄντας ἀπηλλοτριωμένους καὶ ἐχθροὺς τῇ διανοίᾳ
And ( although ) you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind,
ἐν τοῖς ἔργοις τοῖς πονηροῖς,
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νυνὶ δὲ ἀποκατήλλαξεν ἐν τῷ σώματι τῆς σαρκὸς αὐτοῦ διὰ τοῦ θανάτου
( nevertheless ), He has now reconciled (you) in his body of flesh by his death,
παραστῆσαι ὑμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους καὶ ἀνεγκλήτους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ,
in order that He might present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him,
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εἴ γε ἐπιμένετε τῇ πίστει
if indeed you continue in the faith,
τεθεμελιωμένοι καὶ ἑδραῖοι
( in that you) are established and steadfast,
καὶ μὴ μετακινούμενοι ἀπὸ τῆς ἐλπίδος τοῦ εὐαγγελίου οὗ ἠκούσατε, τοῦ κηρυχθέντος ἐν πάσῃ κτίσει τῇ ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανόν, οὗ ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ Παῦλος διάκονος.
( and in that you are) not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
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