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Adding Philemon to Colossians

Having finished the book of Colossians, we have one more important task: To show the relationship between Colossians and the tiny letter of Paul to Philemon. First, take a few minutes to note which personal names appear both in the … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 4:7-18

Paul likes to conclude his letters with what I call a “knitting section.” In 2:2 he spoke of his desire to see people’s hearts encouraged as they are “knit together in love.” Now, as he ends his epistle with lots … Continue reading

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Studies in Colossians – 4:2-6

Notice that there is a fairly significant break in subject at 4:2. The first verse ends the section on household relations and the second verse begins something new. More precisely, 4:2 is a return to the general instructions on what … Continue reading

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

The discussion, which its great emphasis upon the responsibility of the man, now turns to the relation between master (again, the male) and slave. The slave, like the child, is to be obedient to the one who is over him … Continue reading

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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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