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COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1

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1-3 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 3 We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

 

Col 1,1-20

(37h) Judgment >> Redemption of man >> His blood delivered us from destruction

Col 1-1,2

(247d) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> Concern >> Caring about the body of Christ

Col 1-1

(219a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> God elects us through His sovereign will – All eleven of Jesus’ disciples became evangelists and apostles after His ascension, and they established churches in the regions where God led them, but Paul spread the gospel throughout the entire known world and established churches everywhere he went. Paul was God’s twelfth apostle to replace Judas Iscariot. When we think of the strength of His might (Eph 1-19), it lends to images of God casting stars into space, but when we think about Him making Christian believers from a world of unbelief, this too is God actively working in His people according to his will. If we typed the phrase “will of God” into a word concordance, we would find dozens of instances, and in each case the connotation is just like the one in this verse. Most people view the will of God in a passive sense, as though He only allows certain things to happen, but God is at work making disciples of those whom He had actively chosen. God allows everything that happens, but not everything that happens is according to His will. When we throw around the phrase “will of God”, we should make sure it is something that God actively chooses, yet most people interpret the will of God as that which God merely allows, and many Christians make the application by living any way they want and calling it the will of God by evidence that He allows it. God allows them to sin and to practice a lifestyle that is contrary to Scripture, but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable to Him. When they apply their definition of “God’s will” to their lives, it gives them license to sin; however, the will of God is something that He not only approves but also actively pursues.

(248b) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> God exercises His will – This is one of the few cases when doing a word-study would seem to help, yet if we are over the age of eight (8), we probably already know what the word "will" means, but what does the Bible mean by it? The problem with doing word studies is that it will tell us what the English word means, as though studying it from any dictionary. For most translations the word choice was the right word to use, but how is the Bible using it? This is not something a Bible dictionary can tell us but is in regard to context. A contextual study looks at connotation, how a word is used, and of course the ultimate context is to study the Bible as a whole. This requires an absolute devotion to Scripture in order to come to any confident conclusion. It requires us to know what the Bible says from Genesis to Revelation. Essentially, there are two ways of using this word “will”, first is the meaning “allow”, as though God were simply allowing Paul to be His apostle, and we know that the connotation of Scripture does not support this. Therefore, Scripture is using the word “will” to mean that God is taking an active role and making Paul his apostle. God has taken serious steps in making sure that Paul was His apostle, not just the one-time event of meeting him on the road to Damascus, but a continuing, divine, active pursuance of Paul.

Col 1-2

(102i) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Consistency >> Faithfulness

Col 1,3-8

(8h) Responsibility >> Preparing to interact with God >> Preparing for revival – It sounds like the Colossian Church was in the midst of revival. It wasn’t just them, but all the Churches at that time, at least according to our standards they were, because of the hope that was laid up for them and for us in heaven. It’s just that we who seem not to be in revival do not appear to be as aware of our hope as they were; yet it is just as real. They had the hope of eternal life as we do, but where is our revival? Where is our faith in Jesus Christ and our love for all the saints? The fact is the early church should not be viewed in terms of revival, since it was in its fledgling years, just gaining a foothold in the world, many of its members having seen Jesus with their own eyes. This must have given them some kind of an advantage over us. The novelty of it all had not yet worn off. Wait 300 years for the birth of the Catholic Church, and its joyous beginning will fade through misuse and abuse.

(11h) Servant >> Love is the standard of ministry toward each other

(13d) Servant >> Serve the body >> Promoting its health >> Building up the body of Christ

Col 1-3

(81j) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> For the Church -- This verse goes with verse 6

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4&5 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel

 

Col 1-4

(125b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Faith and love >> Faith toward God and love toward man

(129f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> love perfects unity >> Love is the mortar between the blocks -- This verse goes with verse 8. The Colossian Church and all the Churches back then seemed to know something we don’t or perhaps we have forgotten something they knew; they seemed to have understood their faith on a much deeper level than we do. What was their secret? They were in a state of unity. For the sake of argument let’s say that the Church started in a state of revival. With this in view, listen to the angel who spoke to Jesus’ disciples as they watched Him ascend into heaven, “Men of Galilee," he said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). According to the message of the angel and according to the pattern of Jesus’ ascension, if the Church started in revival, then it will end in revival. If we believe the early church was caught up in the glory of God, and if we believe we are living in the last days and that His return is imminent, then we can expect some kind of revival to occur prior to his return, possibly in our lifetime. The word “revival” is tantamount to unity. This is our hope, and it promises to be even greater than the faith of the early church. Paul said in Eph 5-27 that Jesus is coming back to a church without “spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and blameless.” He is coming back for a church that is in a state of spiritual insight, which has shed its fleshly indulgences.

(142k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a reputation for knowing God >> known as being intimate with God -- This verse goes with verse 9

Col 1,5-12

(128i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> Be fruitful and multiply >> Growing spiritually – Paul keeps using the word “increasing,” which denotes fruitfulness and revival. If something is not increasing, then it is decreasing, for there is no such thing as spiritually maintaining statuesque. Satan would never allow that. If you are not growing, then you are ready to be plucked from the vine and tossed into the heap of those also who lost their vision. The Colossian Church has been maintaining its fruitfulness in a state of increase it says, “Since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth.” So, there needs to be an increase in the Church and that increase needs to be maintained, and the increase needs to involve both new converts and fruitfulness, love being the primary fruit.

Col 1-5,6

(31k) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Grace is the work of God

(79i) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Practice listening to God’s word >> The word you heard perfects God’s work in you

(116c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through worship >> Through our relationship with Him

(228f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God is working in you to place you in His will >> To place you on the trail of good works

(229a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom slowly spreads and overtakes darkness -- These verses go with verses 9&10. The gospel has gone into the entire known world in Paul’s time; how much more has it gone into all the discovered parts of the world since his time? The gospel is constantly bearing fruit and increasing throughout the world in remote places where we have never been, even in places we never knew existed, and Paul is saying that this is what he wants to happen in each of us. As it happens in the world, so it should happen in our hearts. He wants the gospel that has been introduced into our hearts to grow and increase and overtake the darkness, so everything that remains in us belongs to the light. This is the vision that Paul had of the world and for each person who believes in Jesus. It is like leaven that a woman placed in the center of a lump of dough that overnight leavened the dough from the inside out (Mat 13-33).

Col 1-5

(226d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> Our inheritance is reserved in heaven -- This verse goes with verses 19-22. The whole reason we believe in Jesus is because of the hope laid up for us in heaven. Those few words are the cause of millions of people around the globe to believe in a man that was brutally murdered and then rose from the dead, who promised eternal life to anyone who would believe in Him. Our inheritance is waiting for us with Him, and we hope for a better experience in the life to come, regardless of the perks of this life. James said that the gospel was made for the poor (Jm 2-5) in that they are the ones who recognize the potential for a better experience in the life to come. Those who are rich think they have a great life now; they don’t think they have to wait for a better life; they are enjoying it now, but Jesus said to them that they ought to weep and mourn, for they are receiving their reward in full. After this life, their wonderful experiences will end, and unfortunately their lives will continue after death, only not in a beautiful world that is full of wonder, but in a world that was made specifically for those who don’t believe in God, and so they will live in a world where no aspect of God exists, a world where all good has been removed; it will be an inhospitable place. In contrast, those who believe in Jesus will forever live in paradise with their maker, their savior and Lord Jesus Christ. His presence brings paradise.

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6-8 which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, 8 and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

 

Col 1-6,7

(214e) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> Dispensation of God’s revelations >> Dispensations of revelation knowledge

Col 1-6

(81j) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> For the Church -- This verse goes with verses 9-12

Col 1-7,8

(14l) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers fill in the gaps >> Messengers help in communications – The inanimate telephone is often perceived as an impersonal means of communication, whereas God prefers to send personalized messages. Tychicus (Eph 6-21) and Epaphras have one thing in common; they too were messengers, among other things. They were essentially Paul’s phone system, and of course they didn’t know when Paul needed them, so they would come to him and work under his ministry until he needed to send a message, then someone else would come and fill his place until Paul sent him too with another message. So there was a constant incoming and outgoing of messengers and information, who essentially had the ministry of angels. Angels are God’s phone system we might say; whenever He needs to contact someone, He sends an angel. That seems primitive for such an awesome kingdom compared to our convenient phone system, but it just proves that the growing problem of isolationism in society today is a consequence of our technology. We walk past somebody and they don’t even acknowledge us. Our technology has become necessary to us now that we have it, but there was obviously a time when we didn’t have it and society was better for it. There were many empires before us that didn’t have the communication devices that we enjoy, such as the Egyptians, who built the pyramids. They no doubt had a system of communication but not cell phones, more like a system that Paul used, which is the same system that God uses and will continue to use throughout all eternity. God likes to include His creation in everything He does.

(15a) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers are hard workers – If Tychicus (Eph 6-21) and Epaphras had the ministry of angels, they must have felt pretty important, or at least they should have felt important. However important the ministry of angels, anybody who ministers in the capacity of a servant is just as important. The Bible teaches that women have the ministry of angels in that they are servants of men, yet many of them don’t seem to appreciate their high position. The first is last and the last is first according to Jesus (Mat 19-30), suggesting that men have the greater authority while women are the greater servants, the net result being equality. Yet, in today’s world the ministry of angels just isn’t good enough for women, and that is truly a sad outlook. They prefer authority over service. If Epaphras and Tychicus wanted ministries that were better than that of angels, they wouldn’t have been willing to serve Paul, and they wouldn’t have gotten their names written in the Scriptures, and they may not have even been Christians. They were probably single men who were not tied down to a family, so they had time and energy to help Paul, and chose the ministry to invest their lives, knowing that God would honor them. In heaven they will be married to Christ, and everything they sacrificed they will get back a thousand times over.

Col 1-7

(13m) Servant >> Serve God faithfully

(102c) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Faithfulness is dependable >> God’s servants are dependable – This chapter “Thy Kingdom Come” is a list of prerequisites where each topic builds upon the previous one. It started on page 74, and we are now on page 102; the further we go in the chapter, the more significant the topics. Twenty-eight pages into the chapter means that being a faithful and dependable servant is not something that happens overnight; we must learn to walk by the word, believe in God and obey Him to establish a firm foundation for our ministry of service. The chapter goes to page 131, further suggesting that many important things are built upon faithfulness and dependability.

Col 1,8-12

(156a) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their fruits >> You will know them by their productivity

Col 1-8,9

(112a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Wisdom of the spirit

Col 1-8

(129f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> love perfects unity >> Love is the mortar between the blocks -- This verse goes with verse 4

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9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

 

Col 1,9-14

(116b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through worship >> In prayer

(230e) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of the power of God >> Partaking of the word of God

Col 1,9-12

(42j) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Conform to the walk of Christ

(71e) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Worthiness of man >> Perfecting the worthiness He has given us – Paul spoke of spiritual wisdom and understanding; this is not regular wisdom, but is dynamic, having the power and ability to speak to us exactly what we need to know. This is the kind of life Paul is imploring us to live. He wants us living in the spiritual wisdom of God and walking in His revelation. The gospel of Jesus Christ is complete; His blood has been shed, His resurrection fulfilled, having ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit in His place. He inhabits His people and the only thing left is for us to obey the voice that is speaking in our hearts; these are the things we must dedicate our lives to fulfill, so that nothing is undone. In this way we will bear the fruit of the spirit, causing us to increase in the knowledge of God, and the cycle will continue at a higher plane, and while this wheel is turning an inner wheel will strengthen us by His power, depicting a multidimensional system with a result that originates from heaven.

(80f) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to learn the ways of God >> Understanding His will

(81j) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> For the Church -- These verses go with verse 3. Paul prayed for the Colossians that they would be “strengthened with all power… for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience.” So, all the power of God is for nothing more than attaining steadfastness and patience. That sounds like ordering a giant backhoe to plant a small garden. Steadfastness and patience, however, can only be born-out by the power of God. 

(82c) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Direction (Attitude) >> Who to pray for

(109i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit trains us to be like Jesus

(137e) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation >> Bearing fruit is the foundation of being in the Spirit – Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and steadfastness is an aspect of patience. In possessing these fruits we have everything we need to receive the rest that God offers. We must become steadfast and immovable, like an oak tree, before we can hope to attain anything from the Lord (Jm 1,2-8). These characteristics are a means of relating to God, since He doesn’t reward impatience or faith that gives up. The only way we know we won’t give up is if He gives us an opportunity to be steadfast and patient. It is therefore through patience that we ourselves can hope at all for the things of God. When we discover through the use of patience that we are the kind of people who won’t give up or walk away from God no matter what happens, then we will have the confidence to receive the reward of patience, which will eventually be heaven itself. 

(138h) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Exhortation >> Exhorting the people to glorify God

(233c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of knowing God (faith)

(248a) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> We play our part in the will of God >> Knowing the will of God – Paul begins his prayer to the Colossians, delineating what he desires them to receive from God, primarily “that they may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding… and increasing in the knowledge of God.” He used the word “increase” again. The increase of our spiritual wisdom and understanding is for the sake of walking in a manner worthy of the Lord, in other words for our practice of Christianity. We have all this spiritual knowledge for the purpose of demonstrating it to one another and to the world. Bear in mind, therefore, that no one can demonstrate Christianity without the knowledge of God. You cannot be ignorant of God’s word, His will and His ways and expect to make an impact on the world through your Christianity just because you believe in God. Knowledge and righteousness go hand-in-hand. We cannot live out our Christianity as babes in Christ, though there are some who believe they have the right to make that choice, but it is not the will of God that we remain spiritually immature. He wants us to grow. We don’t develop a spiritual wisdom and understanding by doing the will of God; rather, it is the other way around; we do the works of God through our knowledge of His will. It’s just like anything else; you can’t build a bridge, for example, until you learn how to construct one.

(252f) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God who is Spirit >> Worship God in the Spirit

Col 1-9,10

(87a) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> God blesses us for doing His word, not for knowing it

(93d) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Walk in a manner worthy of your calling

(109a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Spirit reveals the Father

(229a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom slowly spreads and overtakes darkness -- These verses go with verses 5&6. Paul wants us filled with the knowledge of his will “in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” There are two aspects to the knowledge of God’s will: there is the knowledge of His will recorded in the Bible; that is His general calling, and there is the knowledge of His personal will, which is His specific calling; He wants us to have both. While we walk in His specific calling, we are fulfilling the very purpose of being born, but if we are not attempting to do His will, then we are ignoring the very purpose of our existence. ‘What is the purpose of our existence?’ This is the question each person must answer for himself.

Col 1-9

(89h) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Wisdom of the Spirit

(142k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a reputation for knowing God >> known as being intimate with God -- This verse goes with verse 4

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10-12 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

 

Col 1,10-12

(111f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the power (meaning) of God >> Word in obedience cannot evade the power of God

Col 1-10

(30k) Gift of God >> God’s favor qualifies you for heaven -- This verse goes with verse 12

(127f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Sow the seeds of goodness >> Goodness bears the fruit of the Spirit

Col 1-11,12

(92k) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way connects you to God >> It solidifies your relationship with Him

(125e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of partaking of the Holy Spirit >> Joy of the revelation of Jesus Christ

Col 1-11

(9e) Responsibility >> God strengthens us from our weaknesses

(67a) Lordship of Christ >> Jesus’ authority >> The glory of His authority

(98c) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> The lord establishes us – This power that God wants to instill in us is for the purpose of endurance, guaranteeing His progress in us will continue unbroken by the works of immaturity. Endurance is like tent stakes driven deep into the ground to keep our temporary edifice from blowing in the elements during the storms of life, keeping us from becoming like a white flag waving for surrender. Hardship comes along and tries to uproot us, but endurance is like an oak tree that is steadfast in the wind. Like the artist who places his project in a vice before working on it, so too we need to be made secure before God can work on us; this is role of endurance.

(126j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Patience >> The patience of God >> Have the patience of God

Col 1-12,13

(112e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus light in us overcomes darkness >> The light of His truth

Col 1-12

(30k) Gift of God >> God’s favor qualifies you for heaven -- This verse goes with verse 10

(36h) Gift of God >> Inheritance >> We are heirs according to the will of God

(41g) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> God’s righteousness is His doing

(96d) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Positive attitude toward God >> Having a thankful attitude – Above all, we receive from God through an attitude of thanksgiving to the Father, “who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” That is, we on earth are sharers with those who have preceded us in heaven. This is why the gifts we receive from God are so valuable, because they are the very ones we will have in heaven. God desires us to walk in the fruits of the Spirit, which are the purpose and cause of God for us and the very substance of heaven itself, so we might demonstrate these godly traits toward one another throughout eternity.

(227f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Dependence on Jesus >> Depending on Jesus to have compassion >> Depending on Jesus to receive us – We will always make mistakes, yet “qualified us” means that it is a sovereign work of God that we should stand before Him. That is, the Father qualified our faith in Jesus to effect salvation. When we apply our ability to believe in Jesus, He is faithful to forgive our sin as He promised, and this method of forgiveness through faith in His cross God has arranged. They say there are many ways to heaven, but the Bible teaches that God has ordained faith in Jesus Christ as the means of salvation. Moreover, since Jesus was holy, undefiled and separated from sinners, to believe in Him, then, means to conform to His way of living and to His perfection, goodness and holiness.

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13&14 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

Col 1,13-23

(138g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Exhortation >> Glorifying God in your exhortation

Col 1,13-20

(66h) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His cross is the power of God – Jesus Christ is a man who embodies everything in heaven and on earth, who has come to have first place in everything, and has reconciled all things to Himself through His cross, especially those who believe in Him for eternal life. All that has been reconciled is subject to Him, and all who refuse to be reconciled to God have their own place prepared for them, so that when they find their place in God’s creation and are tormented day and night, they will have no one to blame but themselves. Through Christ their place has been even better defined, for it is now in contrast to His glorious person and victory over death.

Col 1-13,14

(31l) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Forgiveness is an act of God’s grace – Every believer in Jesus has his own reasons for coming to Christ. Some come to be forgiven, while others come because they want to know God, while still others come because they want to go to heaven. Each of these represent the other; a desire to be forgiven is the same as desiring to know God, is the same as desiring to know the truth, is the same as desiring eternal life and living with God in heaven. A person comes to Christ for his own reasons, which can remain his primary motivation for his faith, then all the other benefits of Christ invade his soul with promises of fulfillment that are more sure then the morning sunrise. In other words, to have one is to have them all; to have forgiveness is to have heaven is to know God, etc., but the bottom line with our relationship with God is forgiveness. When we look at the cross and what it represents, the main reason God sent His Son was that we may be forgiven. The only reason God was willing to send His Son in the first place was that we were born into sin through no fault of our own, and by that we are helpless victims of sin.

(120b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> God forgives us when we become accountable to Him >> When we repent – Some people come to Christ to avoid hell, but it is impossible to keep the faith with the motive to avoid hell, because the only true motive for faith is love. If we can expect our faith to endure to the end, we must not only believe in Christ’s power to save but also believe in all His other attributes, referring to the fruits of the Spirit. That is, we want to go to heaven because we want to live with God, be forgiven and mend our relationship with Him. We see His handiwork and want to be part of something bigger and better than ourselves. We want to escape this thin veneer of reality that the world has painted and erroneously called "truth" that everybody accepts, though every person interprets it differently, but the world has no truth.

Col 1-13

(29c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from death

(119k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of ignorance is broken

(184b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> Hiding behind your own imagination >> Hiding behind a false authority

(236k) Transferring The Kingdom Of God (Key verse)

(237k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transferred from darkness to light – Paul begins to speak about some of the foundational gifts that God has given us. “He delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” This domain of darkness refers to the world. A lot of people don’t see the world as a domain of darkness, but it is. Darkness can be easily defined as simply unbelief with sin as its fruit. We also recognize darkness as ignorance; only we’re talking about spiritual ignorance producing spiritual darkness. This refers not only to having no knowledge of the Bible, but also having no spiritual experience with God, having never received anything from Him, including His Spirit, which is God’s medium of exchange. Darkness, then, is ultimately defined as the absence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus shed His blood and died for us in order to establish a premise of disclosing the Holy Spirit. Prior to this we were enveloped in spiritual darkness and humanity had no way out of it. This forgiveness of sin is therefore the result of being rescued from the domain of the world.

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15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

 

Col 1,15-20

(213d) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all powerful >> Christ subjects the creation to Himself – It is all-inclusive to say that Jesus was before all things. He was before the earth, before the universe and before all physical matter. He was essentially before the creation, and it exists because of Him, and in Him all thing hold together. Nuclear scientists have looked inside the atom, and have seen the nucleus composed of protons and neutrons and still smaller parts, but they don’t know how they could be bunched so close together unless there were an attractive force holding them together, so they called it the nuclear force. It is the force they unleash in a nuclear explosion. This is what Paul meant when he said by the Spirit that through Christ all things hold together. Without this force those tiny parts would separate into space, and matter as we know it would not be possible. Now that we have discovered this nuclear force and learned to manipulate it through the making of nuclear power plants and the atom bomb, we have released all this radiation into our environment, and even at relatively low levels it has lethal consequences for life on earth. This radiation is the result of particles that were once safely contained within the nucleus of atoms, but have since been released and made to exist outside the organized construct of the nucleus. So, within the nucleus this destructive radiation from each particle contributes its force that the nucleus uses to keep them together. The discovery of the nuclear force was like opening Pandora’s box, relative to its destructive consequences, nothing good will ever come of it. There are some mysteries that are best keep undisclosed. This force represents God’s fingerprint throughout the universe. The Bible says that this present creation will one day be destroyed and God will make “new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (2Pet 3-13). He will destroy it by simply removing himself from His creation, essentially removing this nuclear force that holds the creation together and the entire universe will explode like one giant atom bomb. God will not construct His next creation by a toxic force, but by His gentle Spirit.

Col 1,15-18

(248e) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Jesus is first >> Jesus has first place in everything – Christ was the first-born child of the resurrection, the first-born from the dead. There are many people now in heaven, but none of them have resurrected bodies, but Jesus obviously received His resurrected body after the third day of his crucifixion. There is a sharp distinction between being "first-born from the dead" and being the "first-born of all creation.” The first-born of all creation refers to the very first child of God who entered heaven, whereas “first-born from the dead” refers to the first participant of the resurrection. Christ again, whose heavenly body is a prototype of those who will partake of the First Resurrection (Rev 20-5,6), was raised from the dead with a body prepared for eternity, and for this reason He has come to have first place among those who will be raised with a body similar to His.

Col 1,15-17

(212f) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> Evolution (Defaming God) >> God created atheists too

Col 1-15,16

(118b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Everything you can see you can have

Col 1-15

(39a) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of Jesus Christ -- This verse goes with verse 18

(55a) Paradox >> Opposites >> Image of the invisible God – Paul addresses the identity of Jesus Christ, saying, “He is the image of the invisible God.” So, God is invisible, but Jesus has made Him come to light through the gospel. Now we can see the invisible God through Christ, for to see Jesus is to see the Father (Jn 14,7-9).

(238d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Born again >> Jesus is born again from the dead -- This verse goes with verse 18

(248f) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Jesus is first >> Jesus is first born of the Father – Jesus is “first born of all creation.” There are certain cults and false representations of Christianity who misinterpret this verse, namely the Jehovah Witnesses. They use this verse to say that God created Jesus Christ, suggesting He had a beginning, which would consequently exclude Him from the godhead. Being a creation of God is not at all what Paul is saying here. To say that he is the first born of all creation is to say that He was the first of the children of God, but the first in what? Many righteous people throughout the Old Testament lived and died and they have their place in the Kingdom of Heaven, yet none of them went to heaven until Christ led them there at His own ascension, as it says in Eph 4-8, “When He ascended on high, he led captive a host of captives and he gave gifts to men.” And again in Eph 2-14 it says, “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall….” Who were these captives He led, and who are these two groups? The captives were the Old Testament saints, and the groups are the old and new covenant saints that He consolidated into one new church in heaven. Jesus said in Jn 10-16, speaking as a shepherd, “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they shall hear My voice and they shall become one flock with one shepherd.” As Christ ascended into heaven, He led all old covenant believers to victory and made a way for new covenant Christians to enter the presence of God immediately after death. Prior to Christ, the old covenant believers slept in a place that Jesus called Abraham’s bosom (Lk 16-22,23). Jesus was first-born of all creation in that He was the first person to possess the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Ironically, Jesus didn’t need to be born-again as we do, for in contrast we are all born from our mother’s womb without the Holy Spirit, and later received Him when we first believed. Jesus, however, was the only person born from His mother’s womb pre-furnished with a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.

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16-18 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

 

Col 1-16,17

(54e) Paradox >> Opposites >> Creation does not know its creator (Pantheism)

(212a) The Creator (Key verse)

(212b) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> God created all things through Christ – Paul keeps using the capitalized pronoun “He,” but it is implied that the person to whom He is referring is Jesus. If God created both the physical and the spiritual worlds through Christ, then Jesus can take credit for the creation of all things visible and invisible. Don’t we attribute the creation to God? When it says that Jesus created it, we are saying that Jesus Christ is equal to God the Father, for they both had a part in the creation. Therefore, it is safe to say that Jesus is the creator, “whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities…” referring to Satan and his demons “…all things have been created by Him and for Him.” Jesus had a part in creating Lucifer, who became Satan on his own, and then Jesus had a showdown with him during the time He lived on the earth in human flesh, which culminated at the cross. Jesus was destined to beat the devil at his own game simply because He is God. Although Lucifer knew this too, his mind was blinded by the possibility that he could defeat Jesus at His weakest point, but Jesus merely appeared vulnerable in the flesh. In reality Jesus towered over Satan through His divine traits that upheld His perfection even while clothed in weakness of man’s sinful nature, even at His weakest moment. Using Satan as an example for the rest of all creation, He was getting across the point that no matter what happens, His creation would never get the best of Him, and it would be better if no one ever tries again to take over His throne. This He did with the hope that it would forever produce confidence and a sense of security in His saints that God will always be able to take care of His people no matter what happens. No one can be God but God, so even if Satan succeeded in taking God’s throne, what would he have done with it? He would have run the entire creation into the ground, just like he’s running the whole world into the ground. So, all of Satan’s goals are completely absurd, which is what God made of him at the cross.

(248g) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Jesus is first >> Jesus is the beginning of the creation of God

Col 1-16

(46j) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to Christ -- This verse goes with verses 19&20

Col 1-18

(39a) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of Jesus Christ -- This verse goes with verse 15

(56i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Last is first and the first is last – Jesus is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, having first place in the first resurrection. There is only one person so far who has been raised from the dead never to die again, Jesus Christ. He is the beginning of the resurrection, and He will come to have first place in everything. He was first raised from the dead so that others may follow Him in the first resurrection; all those who have been elected to inherit eternal life will be raised on that day. Whatever happens afterward Jesus will be first to experience it, because He was willing to take the last place. He is the cause of the Church; He paid for the sins of the whole world though His own blood by taking the last place for the sake of all. As a result, He will come to have first place in everything throughout eternity. This is a principle of God’s Kingdom: those who are first are last and the last first (Mat 19,28-30). This is true of every person; those who have invested their lives and become last for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven will receive a position in heaven that is higher than others who were less committed to God’s cause. Moreover, those in the last place will be served and those holding places of greater honor will do the serving in order to secure equality, that no one be considered greater than others.

(78h) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind by the word of God >> Be of one mind, his mind

(136i) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Body of Christ is the Church

(137a) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation >> Jesus is head of the Church

(238d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> Born again >> Jesus is born again -- This verse goes with verse 15

(248d) Jesus Is First (Key verse)

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19&20 For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. 

 

Col 1,19-27

(247a) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in the Church

Col 1,19-24

(229j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ gift -- These verses go with verses 26&27

Col 1,19-22

(226d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> Our inheritance is reserved in heaven -- These verses go with verse 5. Collectively, the Church will have the full authority of Christ, for whatever attributes the Father gives His Son we will inherit. For example, we are already agents of Christ’s grace and mercy. Jesus has called us to live for Him by living like Him and showing grace and mercy to our fellow man; this is an attribute we have experientially inherited through the partaking of the grace and mercy of Christ. Correspondingly, once Christ has judged His believers (1Cor 3,11-15), we will inherit the attribute of authority, and we will reign over His kingdom throughout eternity. God has all authority in heaven and earth, and He will give us this authority, all of it. That doesn’t mean we will have any power as the creator, but it does mean we will have authority to rule over His kingdom as kings and priests (Rev 2,26-29 and Rev 5-9,10). Kings delegate authority while priests administer grace and mercy. Here in the flesh, when people receive authority, it immediately goes to their heads, and they hurt people with it, which is the opposite purpose of authority, but in heaven we will be faithful, using our authority always to graciously rule for the good of the people, even as Jesus uses His authority to bless us in subjecting His creation to Himself.

Col 1-19,20

(37i) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> He emptied Himself >> From equality with God to human frailty – It was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness of deity to dwell in Him. Jesus is the epitome of God; He is as much God as the Father. They differ only in their expressed traits; the Father is the final authority and Jesus is the ultimate servant of His creation and the embodiment of His Father’s grace and mercy. However, some of God’s traits will forever remain mysterious to us, and for this we worship Him, for He alone is God. God will never stop being our creator, and in a hundred billion years from now we will still remember our small beginnings. He will honor our faith that we show Him today.

(46j) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to Christ -- These verses go with verse 16. We who are bought by the blood of the Lamb are under the authority of Christ, and those who are in rebellion against the grace and mercy of Christ have a freedom of their own making. They don’t have to submit to Him, but one day they will find their place in hell, both man and demon, where God will send all those who rebel against His throne. He will subject wickedness to His authority so God reigns over both light and darkness. All their rebellion will accomplish nothing; they will find themselves just as subject to Christ as if they served Him, only without any benefits. In hell they don't have to serve Him, so in that sense they are gods unto themselves, but they will rule over no one, nor will they have ability to exercise their authority, no way to express their freedom. Hell itself will be within the sphere of Christ’s authority, and so all their rebellion and rejection will accomplish nothing. They might as well have submitted to Christ and been born-again so God may receive them into his kingdom, where they could be truly free.

(72b) Authority >> Ordained by God >> We walk in ordained reconciliation

(114i) Through Christ (Key verse)

(114j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Salvation is through Christ – Through innocence of sin, Jesus completely fulfilled the will of God, and by that He was working with the grace of God, and this is what He calls us to do, since He has also given us a ministry that invariably pertains to God’s grace and mercy. We are to seek God for a ministry that He has designed specifically for us that we may understand it and come to know His will and fulfill it, even as Jesus fulfilled His ministry. In this way we are sons and daughters of our heavenly Father by modeling after Christ, the Son of God, who has all the fullness of deity dwelling in bodily form, and throughout the course of eternity the church will collectively inherit this from Him. 

(126f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> Terms of peace The Father gave Christ a ministry when He came to visit mankind and preached the gospel of the kingdom and then sacrificed His body on the cross. The Father then raised Him from the dead and delivered all those who believe in Him from death. God has judged us with His grace and mercy by judging His Son guilty of our sin. He made peace with man through the blood of his cross. We go into the world and we don’t see it, but among His people there is peace. There are no walls standing between us and our God, no more aggression; God’s people are not at war with Him. We are on His side, happily submitted to His authority, knowing that He is able to subject all things to Himself (Phi 3-20,21).

(191a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Baptism >> Immersed in His Spirit – You could define Jesus Christ as the fullness of the Holy Spirit dwelling in a human body, since that was His name. The name "Christ" literally means anointed one.

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21&22 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach -

 

Col 1,21-23 

(19e) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Under uncontrollable circumstances

(41l) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Blameless before God >> Prepare to enter His presence

(83i) Thy kingdom come >> Jesus intercedes for us >> He prepares us to meet the Father

(88a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith produces works >> Relationship between faith and works >> Works establish your faith

(97j) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Standing firm in the faith >> Immovable

(115ja) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through obedience of faith >> Through determination >> Determined to be set apart from the world – Paul taught that we are to take the bull by the horns and subject our flesh to the grace of God and let Him sort out the details. In so doing we will work the grace of God into our lives. God has virtually done all of the work; we were eternally saved the moment the Holy Spirit came to dwell in our hearts, and He has also given us new desires and new strength to accomplish His will, but He has not taken away our sinful nature. Overcoming the flesh is a daily struggle, and sometimes we fail. Our failures do not overrule the grace of our salvation or our eternal destiny of heaven; our failures only make us yearn for another day to prove our love for God by overcoming the temptations of sin in the flesh. However, there are some people who give into the monster of sin that dwells in their flesh that longs to do its own will, which always contradicts the will of God. This is the Christian conflict between good and evil, and the battleground is our own bodies that God has not redeemed; it is the question that each person must answer on a daily basis, ‘Are we going to do the will of God and battle against the flesh, or are we going to surrender to sin?’ God is not willing that we should accept sin in our lives; He wants us to subject it to the power of His Spirit who dwells in us.

(118l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Law of the spirit >> Spirit delivers you from the desire to sin

(121j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope Based On Faithfulness >> Hope based on endurance

(137j) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Stages of maturity are levels of accountability >> Maturity is working with God

(193g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> God grants repentance

(207ca) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> God will accept you into heaven if you overcome – Paul said that all these things are yours “if” you continue in the faith. That word “if ” is a big one. It implies that we have entered a conditional covenant with God, suggesting that if we don’t remain steadfast, then we won’t receive all that God promises. That puts a hole in the doctrine of Eternal Security.

(209i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus paid our ransom with His own blood – It was the Father’s good will that Jesus went to the cross; otherwise we could not approach His throne. His resurrection was not the active ingredient of His reconciliation; rather, the power to reconcile all things to Himself was in His death. So, the miracle was not so much in His resurrection as it was in His death. In other words, it was a miracle that Jesus died because He was without sin, and the Bible teaches that sin is what brought death into the world. Therefore, His death broke the power of sin, while His resurrection was merely a normal response to the death of God’s Son. Of course it was impossible for death to hold Him in the grave, since He is the very epitome of life.

Col 1-21

(18l) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Evil is good >> Loving bondage

(167i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil (Conspiracy) >> Carnality/Secularism (Mindset of the World) >> The carnal mind does not receive the things of God >> It rejects God

(217h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you never did His will

Col 1-22

(26i) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death of Christ

(37c) Judgment >> Jesus’ humanity >> He had human flesh

(104i) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see Jesus >> Being in the presence of Jesus

(133f) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> God has made His people holy – When it says that Jesus has reconciled us in His fleshly body through death, He did this in order to present us before His Father, holy, blameless and beyond reproach. This is the way God sees us, being the version of ourselves that Jesus presents to the Father, and so He expects us to work toward that end. To say blameless is to be without guilt, having nothing against us, and though we will never reach this level of perfection, we are to strive to minimize the contrast between how God sees us and how we really live. However, there are many people in the Church these days who would like to interpret this verse as though we were symbolically or spiritually beyond reproach, not literally beyond reproach, because that would mean they would have to lead a disciplined life and dedicate themselves to their faith, making Christ the most important aspect of their lives. This is what God expects of us, yet their lives are filled with many other things that they claim are not important as their faith, but by the way they live they prove that these other things are more important to them than their faith in Jesus. God has called us to hone our lives into the image of Christ; when we make a mistake we are to repent, and when we find ourselves slipping into complacency, God calls us to stoke the fire and return to our first love. God requires everything from us, but we don’t see people in the Church giving all, though it was present in the first century, and there was unity because there was virtually nothing in their lives but God. It was a very exciting time to be alive, though there was persecution.

(136e) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesus’ fleshly body >> The flesh of Jesus’ sacrifice

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23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. 

 

Col 1,23-27

(98h) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith à Suffering à Glory) – Paul said that suffering is necessary, and for this reason he rejoiced in his suffering. If we cannot rejoice in suffering, then we don’t deserve our blessings. Again, if we cannot rejoice in our suffering, then we cannot know Christ who suffered for us. There is a difference between a Christian and someone who knows God; every Christian has the Holy Spirit dwelling in him, but someone who knows God walks by an anointing that he uses to understand God, and that anointing is fueled by suffering, leading him into a ministry of building up the body of Christ and others to salvation in the world. We cannot do anything apart from suffering in that all the works of God cause suffering. That doesn’t mean suffering is the main ingredient of our faith or that suffering has any value in itself as though it were something to pursue like a masochist; rather, suffering seeks the one who is faithful in Christ Jesus. Suffering is a fact of life for a Christian. The whole world is filled with unbelievers who are willing to do the will of Satan, with only a handful of people who believe in Jesus. Those we are called to evangelize are the very people of our enemies. They have two choices to either accept or reject the gospel; if they accept it, they become our brothers and sisters in the faith, but if they reject it, they often become our enemies. This was Paul’s experience everywhere he went as an evangelist, for this is what it takes to establish the Kingdom of God in this world. It will not happen without suffering.

Col 1-23

(5c) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Disciples finish the course – Disciples continue in the faith; they are steadfast and immovable. There is nothing that can tear us away from the hope of the gospel. It is critical for Christians to cement themselves in the knowledge of the truth of God’s word, because there are many forces that seek to uproot us, and we must be ready to have an answer for them. Our faith needs to be a greater force then theirs. More often than not we will fail to win an argument or convince our opponent of the truth. The only thing we can hope to achieve is to keep our faith intact. When people raise their questions trying to make us think twice about what we have believed, we need to have the faith to understand that most likely the people trying to dislodge us from our faith have ulterior motives, and by that they are intrinsically wrong. Even if they have a good point, if their motive is wrong, they are wrong by default. Even if Christianity were false, (and of course I don’t believe that) since it is a faith that teaches us to live like Jesus who was good and lovely and never harmed anyone, those who seek to make us flounder off this road are anything but good and lovely. 

Col 1,24-29

(83j) Thy kingdom come >> We have the ministry of intercession >> Church prepares itself to meet Jesus – Paul’s greatest fear was that people would fall away from the faith. We all commit sin occasionally and backslide, but falling-away is different. Backsliding is when we commit sin and repent of it and are restored, but falling away is when people trade their sin for their salvation, equating the two, and we cannot repent from that. For this reason Paul felt obligated to every person whom he led to salvation to present them to Christ. He was acting as a priest in the sense that he interceded for the people, like Jesus intercedes for us before the Father. He felt personally responsible to keep the saints on the straight and narrow to the very end, so they might receive a full reward. When people got saved, Paul marked that as the beginning point of his ministry with them, not the end. He continually led them and admonished them in the grace of God, presenting them complete in Christ. It is the job of every pastor to present his parishioners complete in Christ. Those in the assembly are his responsibility to perfect to the fullness of their faith, so that none of them stray from the hope of eternal life.

(148k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Obligation to preach the gospel >> Consumed by the desire to do it – It was the preaching of God’s word that caused Paul to suffer. In other places of his epistles he testified that he was compelled by the Spirit to preach the gospel (1Cor 9-16). He would be far more miserable by the conviction of the Holy Spirit if he didn’t preach than any persecution that man would impose on him. He could take persecution, but he couldn’t take the heaviness of Christ. There was suffering and persecution in the preaching of the gospel, but there was more suffering if he didn’t preach. Either way Paul would suffer, whose calling was by no means unique in this way, for each of us have a calling from God, and he expects us to fulfill it, and His calling is always life-long. To the degree that we do not fulfill our calling is the degree of conviction that he places on our hearts, and sometimes it is tremendous, but to the degree that we fulfill God’s plan and purpose is the potential we have to be persecuted, so either way we will suffer as a Christian (1Pet 4-16). There is also suffering in the process of fulfilling His purpose, because of the sacrifices we must make to accomplish his will, simply because it is diametrically opposed to this world.

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24&25 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. 25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,

 

Col 1-24,25

(14b) Servant >> Servants expend themselves to please God

(44l) Judgment >> Transformation process >> Fulfill your ministry >> Make sacrifices

(236a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> All things are for your sake >> We are fighting for you >> Our suffering is for your sake

Col 1-24

(37k) Judgment >> Jesus emptied Himself >> Now it’s our turn – Did Jesus not suffer enough that Paul had to fill up that which was lacking in Christ’s afflictions? You could say that the things Paul suffered were the same kind of things Jesus suffered: persecution, misunderstanding and rejection, along with various kinds of physical, mental and spiritual hardship. By filling up that which was lacking in Christ’s afflictions Paul was referring to the combination of suffering both of Christ and the Church throughout the centuries, putting them both into one basket and calling them the suffering of Christ. If you were to assign a value to their cumulative suffering, the more you suffered for Christ, the closer you would bring that value to fruition, hence the sooner Jesus would return to establish His millennial kingdom. One day the Church will suffer no more, for the sufferings of Christ will be fulfilled; God will close the door on the world and start a new beginning where pain and suffering no longer exist.

(42k) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the glory of Christ’s death

(95l) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude about suffering >> Suffering under the hand of God

(117a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke by dying to self >> Working the rest of God

(125c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of investing in the kingdom >> Investing in a life of adversity

(134a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Your body >> Mediator between the natural and the spiritual realms >> Manifesting the Kingdom of God through obedience

(136b) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Similarity in the body >> The body suffers together

(136f) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesus’ fleshly body >> Partaking of Jesus’ sacrifice with our own flesh

(188f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Suffering righteousness

(189b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Holy offering -- This verse goes with verse 28

(229ia) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> Suffering as a Christian

Col 1-25 

(4e) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Being accountable in your stewardship – What was this stewardship that was bestowed on Paul, other than the fact that he got saved on the road to Damascus? The Lord Himself met him on that road, and He appointed Paul an apostle and evangelist of the gospel at that moment, and as he sought to fit into God’s purpose he obtained an anointing to accomplish the work. So the mission to save souls, the tools to complete the mission and the Church that resulted from God's work in Paul were all in his charge.

(14a) Servant >> Servants of God’s word

(44d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> Finish the course – Paul not only preached the word of God to the world; he also preached to the Church. He preached to the world hoping some would get saved, and he preached to the Church hoping all would mature in the faith. This ministry he was given; that is, Paul was not doing what he determined in his heart, but was fulfilling a ministry that God had given him. These were the good works that God had prepared for him before the foundation of the world, and because of his faithfulness to Christ he was fruitful in his ministry. He said it was a stewardship, meaning that he had no ownership in the Church; it did not belong to him, anymore than the world belonged to him; he only worked for Christ, and it was Paul’s aim to fully carry out the preaching of God’s word.

(44k) Judgment >> Transformation process >> Fulfill your ministry in evangelism >> Complete your mission

(71g) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Ordained by His sovereign will >> God chooses you

(115d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through your ministry >> Through your calling >> In preaching the gospel

(219b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> Man is not in control of God’s calling

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26&27 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

 

Col 1,26-29

(115c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through your ministry >> Through your calling >> To build up the body of Christ – Paul’s method of keeping the saints alive in the faith and presenting them complete in Christ was through the process of unity. He gives us a hint as how he does this, laboring and striving by the power of God that works mightily within him. If the power of God is working mightily within him, then why does he need to labor and strive? It is not just God doing the work, and it is not just Paul doing the work. Rather, both are working together to present the saints complete! He is working with the grace of God to bring about, “unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man” (Eph 4-13). Without unity many people will fall from the faith (apostasy). The connotation of "apostasy", as it is used in 2The 2-3, refers not only to an individual but also to Christendom as a whole; that is, it refers simultaneously to the antichrist appearing and to the Church falling away from the faith, which are both happening today. The Church is already in a state of apostasy, and for that reason, endtime prophecy is prepared to unfold. The reason for the apostasy of the Church is that Christendom has forsaken unity, which in turn has failed to keep the saints believing in Jesus, and has instead turned the faith into mere religious institutions of men (Mat 15-8,9). There is no shepherding the flock; there is no sense of obligation to the saints, because of a failure to pursue unity through the grace of God. Instead, people have amassed doctrines to themselves that serve to scratch an itch in their ears (2Tim 4-3).

(132b) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of Jesus

Col 1-26,27

(108i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of the mysteries of God

(210j) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Fellow heirs with Israel (Spiritual Jew) >> God welcomes the Gentiles to the promise of Israel

(229j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of Jesus >> Partaking of Jesus’ gift -- These verses go with verses 19-24

(231e) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Revelation of Jesus is the mystery of the kingdom >> Jesus is the mystery of the kingdom

(244k) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm is imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of God’s word >> Obedience is the manifestation of truth

(249h) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> Being rich in Jesus

(254j) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Salvation of Jesus’ Spirit – Paul talks about the mystery of Christ, which has been hidden from past ages and generations, but now has been manifested to the saints, to whom God willed to make known the mystery of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us in the form of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that Jesus dwells in us (Rom 8,9-11), though we know it is the Holy Spirit, and so we have Christ and the Holy Spirit who are virtually identical to one another, except that they hold different offices within the trinity. Prior to Christ sacrificing Himself and the Father raising Him from the dead, the Holy Spirit was unavailable to the world, not even to those who believed. In the Old Testament the prophets and some of the kings of Israel had an anointing, such as King David and the prophet Samuel and all the other prophets. However, this anointing was not something that dwelled and lived in them indefinitely, but the Holy Spirit would come and visit for a time and then leave. This was the old covenant anointing, but in the new covenant the Holy Spirit has come to live in the human soul and never leave. We are the new residence of the Holy Spirit; He has come to permanently set up shop in us; this is the blessing of the new covenant age, one of the many reasons the new covenant is better than the old. Kings and prophets are no longer the only ones eligible for the anointing. Now all who believe receive of His Spirit, and for this reason we are all leaders of God’s church and followers of Christ.

Col 1-27

(121f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Expecting good things based on God’s character >> Expectation based on God’s generosity

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28&29 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

 

Col 1-28,29

(35h) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> The anointing

(130h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Commitment stimulates intimate bonding – The pastor keeps the flock believing in Jesus and does everything in his power to increase their faith, and the only way to do that is through unity, which is a pastor’s best friend. Unity itself will shepherd the flock of God, giving the saints a ministry to perform that will keep their faith alive and growing in the knowledge of God, leaving the pastor to guide the direction of the Church. For the people in assembly to be mere receptacles of the pastor’s weekly sermons makes Christianity that much steeper an uphill climb for everyone. Hoping the saints will continue in the faith without attempting to establish unity is just asking for spiritual catastrophe, yet this is the formula that most churches follow to keep the parishioners in the faith. The pastor needs to help people in his care develop unity among them, which by the way does not translate to developing social networks. The pastor is not responsible for assigning ministries to people; only God knows the ministry of each person. The saints are responsible for discerning their own ministries and fulfilling them, while the pastor is responsible for giving place to those ministries within the Church and guiding the process and direction of unity.

Col 1-28

(6k) Responsibility >> Protecting the Gospel >> Persuade men that Jesus is the Christ

(8e) Responsibility >> Prepare to Interact with God >> Prepare to meet Jesus by living a holy life

(44f) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Completing the will of God – What does it mean to be complete? A person who is complete first and foremost believes in the doctrines of salvation and has applied them to their lives. Secondly, a person who is complete has been born-again. Third, he is growing in faith and love. The more we walk in love through the agency of the Spirit of God the more complete is our faith. Therefore, this word “complete” refers to our faith as it strives to practice love. Paul explains that the process of these things is first through admonishment, then through teaching and finally wisdom. That is, we admonish every man with the teachings of Christ through the wisdom of the Spirit.

(89g) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Wisdom is the key that unlocks the mysteries of God

(105d) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Secrets of His heart are disclosed

(137m) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing with our brothers >> Employing your gifts to mature the body (Spiritual fellowship) – If the pastor does not give his parishioners anything to do, how can they grow? The Bible calls us children, because when it comes to spiritual things we are like little children. For example, if we don’t put something in the hand of preschoolers, they will find something on their own, and who knows what they might find and what they might do with it? Little children are very tactile in their learning style and need to see, feel, hear, taste and smell things before they can understand them. If we don’t give them these experiences, they will quickly grow tired and bored and proceed to tear down their environment in frustration. The same is true with the saints; we need to learn by experience, not just how to fold and unfold chairs, but give a real ministry to those who are seeking higher levels of spiritual maturity, and that will keep us all in the faith. It will keep us excited about Jesus and about our hope of eternal life and interested in one another, and the bonds of unity will form among us.

(139g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> We build the temple through Christ

(189b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Holy offering -- This verse goes with verse 24

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Col 1-29

(91a) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s purpose for us is to fulfill His calling >> Walk in the anointing to fulfill God’s purpose

(100f) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in working the grace of God – There are all kinds of teachings in the Church telling us how to be filled with the Spirit, but we should instinctively know that it has something to do with obeying the Holy Spirit. Whether it is repentance regarding a certain sin or acts of righteousness, whatever He is calling us to do, we need to do it. If there is a sin in our lives and God wants us to get rid of it, we will feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit stirring us to rise above it and be free of its bondage. Our conscience will be defiled until we act on the voice of the Holy Spirit calling us in our hearts. If we follow the Holy Spirit in repentance, we will essentially be working (with) the grace of God to overcome the obstacles in our lives; this is also how we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures fully support the process of substitution; God doesn’t command us to get rid of a sin without replacing it with His righteousness. His goal and purpose is for us to seek the freedom of Christ; the more freedom we possess, the more Spirit-filled we become. By His Spirit He replaces the bondage of our fleshly appetite with His ability to rise above it. The sins we entertain are an effort to gratify ourselves, but God calls us to rise above these things and to seek freedom instead. He will replace our sin with His Holy Spirit anointing.

(101l) Thy kingdom come >> Ambitious to promote the Kingdom of God >> Preaching the gospel – Based on this particular verse, if we are willing to realize His calling in our lives, He will fill us with His Spirit, which will empower us to complete His calling all the more. We work with the power of God to accomplish His will. If we are called as evangelists, then there is no other way to fulfill His calling than to go and tell people about Jesus. God will evangelize people through us as we communicate His word to them, but He won’t do it for us. This is perfectly logical to the logical mind, but it is also spiritual knowledge, and the devil will have a hand in our misunderstanding it if we are unwilling to obey the Lord. Whatever our calling, if we refuse to walk in it, we are disobeying the Holy Spirit, and that acts as an open door for demons to come and edit our doctrines and rob us of everything we know about God. The demons will help us believe things we would rather were true, and this is basically how the doctrines of the Church have slowly evolved over the centuries, through disobedience. So, the best protection against the devil is to believe the word of God and obey the Holy Spirit.

(113h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointed through obedience

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