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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
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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The Safest Ground in the Universe
Colossians 3:1-4
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.
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Published February 20th, 2017
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Verses 1-4 contain a tri-fold ground to the command to occupy our minds with what (WHO!) matters most--Christ, our ascended and seated Lord. The first ground (3a) is that we have died to the mastery of earthly things over our lives and have been raised together with Christ (1a). The second ground (3b) is that we are hidden with Christ in God. And the third ground (4ab) is that the best is yet to come--when Christ returns we will return with him in glory. No matter how difficult our immediate circumstances are we who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are in the safest place in the universe, hidden with Christ in God. Let’s fix our minds (1b, 2) on this truth and this Person, who is our very life! Next time we are tempted to fixate our minds on the problems and pleasures swirling about us, let's remind ourselves that Christ is our life and let us treasure our place in Him above any worldly distraction.
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Εἰ οὖν συνηγέρθητε τῷ Χριστῷ,
Therefore (resumptive of 2:20), if ( since ) you have been raised with Christ,
τὰ ἄνω ζητεῖτε,
then , keep on seeking the things that are above,
οὗ ὁ Χριστός ἐστιν
where Christ is, ( because Christ is there)
ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ θεοῦ καθήμενος•
in that (He ) is sitting at the right hand of God.
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τὰ ἄνω φρονεῖτε,
(Let me give the command of 1b in other words ), (positively) keep setting your minds on things that are above,
μὴ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς.
( negatively do) not (keep setting your mind) on things that are on earth.
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ἀπεθάνετε γὰρ
For you have died,
καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν κέκρυπται σὺν τῷ Χριστῷ ἐν τῷ θεῷ•
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
ὅταν ὁ Χριστὸς φανερωθῇ, ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν,
( furthermore ) when Christ who is your life appears,
τότε καὶ ὑμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ φανερωθήσεσθε ἐν δόξῃ.
at that time you also will appear with him in glory.
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