Colossians 1:21-23 Today we look at the end of this Christological section in the first chapter of Colossians. The part is still what I would call the opening statement to Paul’s letter. Previously, we have seen Paul gives thanks to God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, for the church in Colossae (Col 1:3-14). Last week, we looked at the Christological Poem, found in verses 15 to 20. In these verses, we see Christ is over all creation and the

Colossians 1:15-20 We come today to the glorious passage found in Colossians 1:15-20. It is important to note that this is all one Greek sentence starting in verse nine. Paul explains that he gives thanks to the Father, who has qualified, delivered, and transferred his people into the Kingdom of His beloved Son (Col 1:12-13). Interestingly Paul does not mention Christ’s name in this section nor in the passage, which is often called a Christological Hymn (He does mention Christ previously

Colossians 1:9-14 Paul’s letter continues with his standard greeting. We need to be reminded that the letter would be read as a whole and has thoughts that are intertwined with one another. When we study the scriptures, we generally take a pericope (extract from the text) and dive into the meaning. We find that even reading through a letter that takes about fifteen-twenty minutes to read will take us over twenty weeks to digest in sermons. As we continue to study

Blessed Lord! I am grateful you commanded your servants to form themselves into churches—and for the wise and gracious way you have provided for the edification of your church, in holiness and love. I adore my Savior, who instituted his supper as a memorial of his dying love—a bond of that union he wants his people to preserve through the ages. Lord, you see how sincerely I give myself to you. And if I now hesitate about this particular manner of doing so,

Colossians 1:3-8 We continue through the book of Colossians. We turn now to the first part of the greeting. Greetings appear in all of Paul’s epistles, besides Galatians, 2 Corinthians, 1 Timothy, and Titus. Keep in mind Paul has never stepped foot in this church and not seen them face to face (Col 2:1). Paul will address some form of heresy in this epistle; however, he first is thankful to God for this church he heard about from Epaphras. The greeting

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