Psychological Health

Psychology literally means “the study of the soul”, derived from the terms ψυχή — psukhē, “breath, spirit, soul” and λογία — logia, “study of” or “research”.  In our New Testament Scriptures, the word psukhē is most often translated soul, and it would do us well to find out from the Creator of the human soul those things that will cultivate psychological, or soul health.

Now from the Scriptures, we will not find a mere academic study, but we will find practical instructions that, if followed by believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, contain a promise from the God of Peace that the believer will have the protection of the peace of God.

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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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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