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”

Thanksgiving-for the Fruit of the Gospel

A Study of Colossians 1:3-8

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. (Colossians 1:3-8)

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The Knowledge of His Will

A Study of Colossians 1:9

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (Colossians 1:9)

Paul’s first ministry for these saints is this one: he earnestly and sincerely prays for them.  This unceasing prayer truly helps to understand the imperative to “pray without ceasing”.  We never stop praying. The Apostle of Grace then lets them know the contents his prayer for them.  After hearing their love for him in the Spirit from Epaphras (Colossians 1:8), he began to pray without ceasing for them from the very day.  What great praise must have filled the heart of the jailed apostle—the ambassador in bonds!  But it did not end with praise, but with desire for their good and desire for their growth in the Lord. Continue reading “The Knowledge of His Will”

The Apostle Prays for the Saints

A Study of Colossians 1:9–11

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness… (Colossians 1:9–11)

Now we will continue this study in Colossians looking further into the content of Paul’s prayer for these dear saints that he has learned about through Epaphras, his fellowprisoner.  The previous study concentrated on knowledge of the will of God.  Knowing the will of God is the first step to walking worthy, because we cannot walk the path before we know the path.  Indeed, it is also true that we cannot know the path until we walk it, so this is again an iterative process.  We learn, know, and walk, and we learn more as we walk.  The Lord teaches us as we walk.

Redeemed, Forgiven, Delivered, Translated, and Worthy

A Study of Colossians 1:12–14

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins… (Colossians 1:12–14)

As Paul continues writing to the Colossian assembly about his prayer for them, he lets them know again that he is thankful to God, the Father.  In verse 3 he speaks to the saints regarding his thanksgiving, and leads in to what he is thankful for about them.  Here, when he seems to be continuing his thought about what he prays for concerning them, he goes off on an “inspired tangent”, which really brings us to the object of this epistle:  HIS DEAR SON!

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Christ the King

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son… (Colossians 1:13)

In the study of Colossians 1:12-14, we left off with Paul expressing his thankfulness to the Father, and then he begins bringing us into the wonderful revelation of the person and preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This portion of scripture is indeed the high-water mark of revelation concerning Christ, and could be well-thought of as a singularity, for those of you familiar with mathematics.  (A singularity is when the value of a function “explodes” to infinity.) Continue reading “Christ the King”

Christ the Redeemer

In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins…(Colossians 1:14)

Continuing this study in Colossians, we will look at the position of our Lord Jesus Christ as redeemer.  As we consider mankind’s greatest need, what could be greater than forgiveness of sins?  As we get to verse eighteen of chapter one, we see that the Father’s goal is that in all things, Christ would have the preeminence.  And how great is that preeminence in our redemption?  He is first in redemption because He is the Redeemer!

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Christ the Image of God

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature…(Colossians 1:15)

As we continue looking at this most glorious revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, we learn about how we can see the invisible God.  We learn how the image of God in man, as man was created, is restored in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and Son of Man.

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Christ the Creator

For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him…(Colossians 1:16)

Now we will look at a truth in Scripture that when properly understood, will satisfy at once the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself as the manifestation of God in the flesh.  The very first verse in all of Scripture states:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

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