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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
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
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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Thinking..Trusting..Obeying
Hebrews 11:24-26
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
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Published September 22nd, 2016
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How trusting in God empowers Moses to think, choose, and act in a way that enables him to endure suffering for the sake of enduring joy
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Hebrews 11:24-26
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...μέγας γενόμενος
By faith Moses, when he was grown up,
... when he was grown up,
...Πίστει Μωϋσῆς... ἠρνήσατο λέγεσθαι υἱὸς θυγατρὸς Φαραώ,
s refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
(at that time) ...Moses by faith...refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
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μᾶλλον ἑλόμενος συγκακουχεῖσθαι τῷ λαῷ τοῦ θεοῦ
t choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God
( in that ) he chose rather to be mistreated with the people of God
ἢ πρόσκαιρον ἔχειν ἁμαρτίας ἀπόλαυσιν,
than to enjoy u the fleeting pleasures of sin.
than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
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μείζονα πλοῦτον ἡγησάμενος τῶν Αἰγύπτου θησαυρῶν τὸν ὀνειδισμὸν τοῦ Χριστοῦ•
v He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt,
(the reason he refused by choosing mistreatment over enjoying fleeting sin was that) He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt,
ἀπέβλεπεν γὰρ εἰς τὴν μισθαποδοσίαν.
for he was looking to w the reward.
for he was looking to the reward.
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Hebrews 11:23-28
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Πίστει Μωϋσῆς γεννηθεὶς ἐκρύβη τρίμηνον ὑπὸ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ, διότι εἶδον ἀστεῖον τὸ παιδίον καὶ οὐκ ἐφοβήθησαν τὸ διάταγμα τοῦ βασιλέως.
By faith Moses was hidden for three months by his parents,
when he was born,
because they saw that the child was beautiful,
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and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
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Πίστει Μωϋσῆς μέγας γενόμενος ἠρνήσατο λέγεσθαι υἱὸς θυγατρὸς Φαραώ,
By faith Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
Progression #1
when he was grown up,
μᾶλλον ἑλόμενος συγκακουχεῖσθαι τῷ λαῷ τοῦ θεοῦ ἢ πρόσκαιρον ἔχειν ἁμαρτίας ἀπόλαυσιν,
choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God
than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
μείζονα πλοῦτον ἡγησάμενος τῶν Αἰγύπτου θησαυρῶν τὸν ὀνειδισμὸν τοῦ Χριστοῦ• ἀπέβλεπεν γὰρ εἰς τὴν μισθαποδοσίαν.
He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt,
ground for his choice
for he was looking to the reward.
ground for his consideration
Πίστει κατέλιπεν Αἴγυπτον μὴ φοβηθεὶς τὸν θυμὸν τοῦ βασιλέως• τὸν γὰρ ἀόρατον ὡς ὁρῶν ἐκαρτέρησεν.
By faith he left Egypt,
Progression #2
not being afraid of the anger of the king,
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for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
ground for his fearlessness
Πίστει πεποίηκεν τὸ πάσχα καὶ τὴν πρόσχυσιν τοῦ αἵματος, ἵνα μὴ ὁ ὀλοθρεύων τὰ πρωτότοκα θίγῃ αὐτῶν.
By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood,
Progression #3
so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
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Πίστει Μωϋσῆς γεννηθεὶς ἐκρύβη τρίμηνον ὑπὸ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ, διότι εἶδον ἀστεῖον τὸ παιδίον καὶ οὐκ ἐφοβήθησαν τὸ διάταγμα τοῦ βασιλέως.
Πίστει Μωϋσῆς μέγας γενόμενος ἠρνήσατο λέγεσθαι υἱὸς θυγατρὸς Φαραώ,
μᾶλλον ἑλόμενος συγκακουχεῖσθαι τῷ λαῷ τοῦ θεοῦ ἢ πρόσκαιρον ἔχειν ἁμαρτίας ἀπόλαυσιν,
μείζονα πλοῦτον ἡγησάμενος τῶν Αἰγύπτου θησαυρῶν τὸν ὀνειδισμὸν τοῦ Χριστοῦ• ἀπέβλεπεν γὰρ εἰς τὴν μισθαποδοσίαν.
Πίστει κατέλιπεν Αἴγυπτον μὴ φοβηθεὶς τὸν θυμὸν τοῦ βασιλέως• τὸν γὰρ ἀόρατον ὡς ὁρῶν ἐκαρτέρησεν.
Πίστει πεποίηκεν τὸ πάσχα καὶ τὴν πρόσχυσιν τοῦ αἵματος, ἵνα μὴ ὁ ὀλοθρεύων τὰ πρωτότοκα θίγῃ αὐτῶν.
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Hebrews 11:24-26
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Hebrews 11:24
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Hebrews 11:25
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Hebrews 11:26
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Verses 24-26 give us a good look at how Moses, an exemplary person of faith, lives. The curtain is pulled back and we are invited into his inner life to see the thinking and choosing that under girds his actions. Fundamentally, he is a person who trusts that God is for him and his enduring future is absolutely bright (see Heb. 11:1 and Heb. 11:6). Moses eyes were fixed on the glorious future that God promised him. He was "looking unto the reward." Because his eyes were fixed on the reward it radically changed his thinking about what really mattered in this life. He didn't have his head in the sand. He realized that if he put his hope in the coming Messiah and acted accordingly it would bring reproach (and all the sufferings of that reproach). But as he "considered" the reproach which included not only immediate suffering but also future glory beyond all comparison, then the treasures of Egypt (wealth, sex, and power) paled in comparison. This careful thinking and evaluating freed and compelled him to make the best choice. This choice was surprising on the surface because it involved choosing the pathway of suffering over the pathway of ease. But he realized that the treasures of Egypt only afforded "fleeting pleasures" that wouldn't last. Instead he chose the reproach of Christ and the mistreatment that's an inevitable part of being associated with the people of God which lead to an eternally happy future. It was this choice that grounded his life-changing, career ending decision that he would once and for all give up all the privileges and security of being the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
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JMSmith91
The curtain is pulled back and we are invited into his inner life to see the thinking and choosing that under girds his actions.
This makes me want to go through the rest of the heroes in Hebrews 11 with this understanding. Thanks Tom!
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