Monthly Archives: September 2017

Studies in Colossians – 3:18-4:1 part one

Paul now begins a distinctly different section, though it is still part of the “application” section of his letter. You’ve probably noticed in other writings of Paul that the first half is theology and the second half is practical advice … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – A Review of 2:1-3:17

Now here’s a homework assignment for you. Do it carefully and you’ll appreciate the benefits for years to come. We’ve noticed that Paul uses a series of the connective word “therefore” (2:6, 2:16, 3:1, 3:5, and 3:12). That means each … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 3:12-17 part two

These verses (3:12-17) form a beautiful passage calling us to “put on” a set of personal qualities of which we have two observations. First, all of these are qualities essential to the Christian unity for which Jesus prayed in John … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 3:12-17 part one

This is the conclusion of the long passage that began at 2:1. The final lesson in the passage is that we are to become Christlike in character. 3:1-4 affirmed that we have died with Christ and now dwell with him. … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 3:5-11

IF – and that of course is a big IF – we have been crucified and raised again with Christ, we are to be seeking and setting our minds on heavenly matters, not earthly concerns (3:1-4). Now Paul begins to … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 3:1-4

We come again to the word “therefore,” though in the English translation I’m using for this series (English Standard Version) it is rendered merely as “then.” Nonetheless it is the same Greek word which Paul used in 2:6 and 2:16. … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 2:20-23 Paul has been emphasizing the extreme importance of our faithfulness to Jesus Christ, who is to be not an item on our list of priorities, not even number one on that list. Instead, Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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