All in All

Introducing Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians

For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in Him…(Colossians 2:9-10)

For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell. (Colossians 1:19)

But Christ is all in all. (Colossians 3:11)

That in all things He might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18)

Such is a sampling of the teaching found in the epistle to the Colossians.  It is such a glorious revelation concerning the greatness of Christ and His supremacy over all that there is no limit to the height of its reach.  Yet this epistle takes the supreme revelation of Christ and brings it to the believer to live out in the mundane things of life.  Yet we should expect this from the revelation of our Lord.  He does not give us empty theory or knowledge, for “knowledge puffeth up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Continue reading “All in All”

Upcoming Bible Studies

Greetings to everyone who has been visiting this site.  Thank you to all of you who have followed the Galatians study. I hope and pray that you all enjoyed reading them and I know that I learned from the study in Galatians.  I pray that God will teach all of you as you study the scriptures for yourself as well.

I am taking the posted studies and will soon have the entire study available as a download in pdf format for anyone who would want it.  It will just require a little bit more proof-reading before I put it on the site.

Also, in the weeks ahead, I am planning two weekly studies, one published on the weekend and one published mid-week.  The midweek study will be a verse-by-verse on Colossians and the weekend study will be exploring the Apostolic commissions.  I hope that you all will enjoy these new studies too.

As we in the United States of America celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, it is certain that we all have more to be grateful for than we have words of gratitude.  Our Father in Heaven has blessed us greatly. Praise Him for His great gift of wisdom, sanctification, righteousness and redemption that He has given to us freely by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work of redemption for us on the cross of Calvary.  Praise Him that He has given to the world His offer of reconciliation by the blood of Christ and that no amount of sin stands in the way of the sinner and the Savior.  He is mighty to save all who come to God by Him.

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (Ephesians 1:3)

As we enter the Christmas season, I am reminded of the words to the carol “The First Noel”  I will close with the last verse:

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with his blood mankind has bought.

A Marked Man

A Study of Galatians 6:16-18

And as many as walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen. [Gal 6:16-18]

We are now at the closing remarks of this epistle. Paul limits his bidding of peace and mercy to those that walk according to the rule of glorying only in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the new creation that is made by him. The matter of circumcision or uncircumcision is irrelevant, for

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The Cross: Our Only Glory

A Study of Galatians 6:11-15

Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. [Gal 6:11-15]

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Sowing and Reaping

A Study of Galatians 6:6-10

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith. [Gal 6:6-10]

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To Know our Proper Place

A Study of Galatians 6:3-5

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. [Gal 6:3-5]

Now some might say that Paul certainly thought an awful lot of himself. In reading 2 Corinthians chapter 11, we might think that Paul is boasting about all that he has accomplished. In Romans 11, he says that he magnifies his office. But this is where rightly dividing the Word of Truth is necessary. We must distinguish between Paul as the man who was once known as Saul of Tarsus, and Paul, the called apostle of Jesus Christ and the apostle of the gentiles. His office was, and is a high calling and a high position. When speaking from that office, it is important that he speaks and writes with the authority of that apostolic office. We see the two aspects of Paul in the following:

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The Ministry of Restoration

A Study of Galatians 6:1-2

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. [Gal 6:1-2]

The last chapter ended with a challenge, that if we live in the Spirit to also walk in the Spirit. Then, the opposite of this was to desire “vain glory”, and to provoke and envy one another. If we recall back to 5:19-21, the vain glory is very much in accord with the works of the flesh. And there is nothing like law-keeping religion to excite the works of the flesh. But this does not need to be, and Paul does not call on the Galatian believers to shun those operating in the energy of the flesh. He is seeking their restoration. He is not seeking restitution. In this call, it is instructional and an example for us all living under grace, that whether doctrinal faults as in Galatia, or behavioral faults as in Corinth, there should be spiritual believers who take it upon themselves to restore the ailing brother. That was the entire point of this epistle that the Lord gave to Paul to write, and He has preserved it for our edification and instruction. Those overtaken by the false doctrine of the false apostles needed to be restored to the place from which they had fallen. They needed to be restored to grace.

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