Scripture: Colossians 1

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Thanksgiving And Prayer

Colossians 1:1-14 (WEB) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you have toward all the saints, because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Good News which has come to you, even as it is in all the world and is bearing fruit and growing, as it does in you also, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth, even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on your behalf, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.  For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of His glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. 

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul say he had heard about the believers in Colossae (Colossians 1:4)? Paul said he had heard of their faith in Christ Jesus and of the love they had toward all the saints.

2. What was laid up for the believers in Colossae (Colossians 1:5)? Hope was laid up for them in the heavens.

3. What was their faith doing (Colossians 1:6)? Their faith was bearing fruit and growing.

4. What did Epaphras declare to Paul about the Colossian believers (Colossians 1:7-8)? Epaphras declared to Paul the Colossian believers’ love in the Spirit. 

5. What was Paul praying for the Colossian believers (Colossians 1:9-14)? Paul was praying and making requests for the Colossian believers.  Asking God to give them complete knowledge of His will and to give them spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way they lived would always honor and please the Lord, and their lives would produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, they would grow as they learned to know God better and better.  Paul also prayed that the Colossian believers would be strengthened with all God’s glorious power so they would have all the endurance and patience they needed. Paul also prayed the Colossian believers would be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who had enabled them to share in the inheritance that belonged to His people, who lived in the light. For God had rescued them from the kingdom of darkness and transferred them into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased their freedom and forgave their sins.

The Supremacy Of Christ

Colossians 1:15-23 (WEB) 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things are held together. 18 He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence. 19 For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by Him, whether things on the earth or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of His cross.  21 You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil deeds, 22 yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and without defect and blameless before Him, 23 if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven, of which I, Paul, was made a servant.

Questions and Answers:

1. How is Jesus described (Colossians 1:15-20)? Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  By Him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things are held together. He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence. For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by Him, whether things on the earth or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of His cross.  

2. What has Christ Jesus done for us (Colossians 1:21-23)? Christ Jesus reconciled us to Himself through His death on the cross.  So He might present us holy and without defect and blameless before Himself. As we continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which we’ve heard, which is still being proclaimed.

Paul’s Labor For The Church

Colossians 1:24-29 (WEB) 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the assembly, 25 of which I was made a servant according to the stewardship of God which was given me toward you to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to His saints, 27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus; 29 for which I also labor, striving according to His working, which works in me mightily.

Questions and Answers:

1. What is the mystery (Colossians 1:26-27)? The mystery is Christ in us, the hope of glory.   My Bible notes: Paul said that he was proclaiming the word of God in its fullness, not just a part of the plan.  He also called God’s plan a “mystery that had been kept hidden for ages and generations,” not in the sense that only a few would understand, but because it was hidden until Christ came.

2.  How can we share Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28-29)? We can share Christ Jesus by proclaiming Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man so that we may present every man perfect (mature and complete) in Christ Jesus.  And by allowing Him to work in us.  

HEAR the WORD

Colossians 1:24-25 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the assembly, 25 of which I was made a servant according to the stewardship of God which was given me toward you to fulfill the word of God, 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the verses above. My Bible notes: When Paul said, I “fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ,” he doesn’t mean that Christ’s suffering was inadequate to save him, nor does he mean that there is a predetermined amount of suffering that must be paid by all believers.  Paul could be saying that suffering is unavoidable in bringing the Good News of Christ to the world.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Colossians 1:13-14 For God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Colossians 1:16-17 For in Christ all things were created … all things have been created through Him and for Him.  Christ Jesus is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Is Christ working in you?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Then why not tell others about Him?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will bear fruit for You (Colossians 1:6). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I allow Christ to dwell in us.” <>< Dona