Introduction to Colossians and Philemon. 1) Received by Faith (Colossians 1:1–4a) Colossians 1:1-4a [1:1] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by 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. Our friend Timothy is here with me while I write. 3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Paul’s Labor for the Church. Tout a été créé par lui et pour lui.… Colossians 1 Paul and Timothy say ‘Hello’ 1 This letter is from me, Paul. You are like brothers and sisters … For by him all … Explain that today we will be talking about images and reflections. (Colossians 1:6, NIV) "For he 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." Greetings from Paul. 24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. Discuss the idea of a mirror image and how it shows us what things look like. in Christ. (Read full chapter Though the word itself does not necessarily imply a perfect image, both the context and many other Scriptures demand that meaning here. Colossians 1:6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth … Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. It spans from here to verse 20. The Supremacy of Christ Scripture Text: Colossians 1:15-23 The Supremacy of Christ (Audio Recording) The Supremacy of Christ (PDF) Introduction Last week we began looking at Paul’s letter to the Colossians. The micro level is expository. Not inside of you—like some dormant seed that, once found, can be watered, nurtured, and coaxed into maximum fruit-production—but hidden. Colossians 1:15-20 1 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through him and for him. Verse 1. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Paul very graciously blends his giving of thanks and his constant prayer for these Christians at Colosse, and therein sets us an example that we may well imitate. In the first few verses of chapter one, Paul wrote about the gospel bearing fruit and growing and the church bearing fruit and growing.… By the time of the writing of this letter (probably the mid-50s A.D.), Laodicea had eclipsed Colossae as the most important city of the region. Your Hidden Life Now; perhaps this could be the subtitle of the letter to the Colossians. Most likely, it was not something definite — Stoicism, mystical Judaism, or the like. If this is right, then it might make further sense of 1.22b, which says that Christ’s aim in this reconciliation was to present the Colossians … The verb is phroneō, "to give careful consideration to something, set one's mind on, be intent." Good words will not do without good works. Colossiens 1 … 22 par sa mort dans le corps de sa chair, pour vous faire paraître devant lui saints, irrépréhensibles et sans reproche, 23 si du moins vous demeurez fondés et inébranlables dans la foi, sans vous détourner de l'espérance de l'Evangile que vous avez entendu, qui a été prêché à toute créature sous le ciel, et dont moi Paul, j'ai été fait ministre. In verse 12, he indicates that believers share an inheritance […] The apostle Paul was deeply concerned for the Church at Colossae because she was threatened from the inside by false teaching. Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV) 1. First, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups have argued that it means that Jesus was the first creature created by God. Commentary on Colossians 1:9-14 (Read Colossians 1:9-14) The apostle was constant in prayer, that the believers might be filled with the knowledge of God's will, in all wisdom. As with all good biblical exegesis, it is important to note the context of the verses and why they would be written and placed where they are. Colossians 1:4-6. 1:15-20 is the first paragraph of the main body of the letter. Audio Bible Study - Colossians 1:1-5. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, for the forgiveness of sins.” ~ Colossians 1:13-14 Explanation of the Text: Common in the New Testament, Paul draws the typical comparison between light and darkness. SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS 1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Colossians 1. Colossians 1:3. Your best life now…is hidden. COLOSSIANS 3:1-2. The Apostle Paul wrote this letter (epistle) to the church at Colossae, a small city located on the Lycus River in Asia Minor (modern Turkey)—known for its production of wool and woolen goods. It is almost as if the Colossians have been taken up into Christ’s body and hidden in it, dying with it on the cross. Verses 1 and 2 call us to make conscious decisions about the way we think -- "set your hearts/minds" (NIV, NRSV), "set your affections" (KJV). Colossians 1:1-2 (R.V.) Colossians 1:11-20 Lesson for Kids. “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,” Paul was an "apostle," which in the Greek language, referred to a "sent one." In secular usage an apostle was an ambassador sent by his king to represent him in another country. 1. Well, a text without a context is a … Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since … In this passage, Paul explains that Jesus is eternal, just as God is eternal, and all created things were created by Him, and through Him, and for Him. The average person couldn’t see Caesar, but by looking at a coin, they could see what he looked like. Colossians 2:1-10 Christ above All "Christ Jesus the Lord" is the greatest affirmation of the deity, humanity and sovereignty of Christ. Determine the Structure of the Passage; Vs. 15 commences a hymn of praise to Christ. The third chapter of Colossians describes what may seem like a bit of a … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 3:1-11" God chose me to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. Colossians 1:15-16 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. In Colossians, Paul addresses a way of thinking and existing that runs counter to the thought and life rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ. 2 We are writing to you, God's own people who live in Colossae. In the Greek, this verse is the beginning of a 106 word sentence. Q & A: What Does Colossians 1:15-18 Mean? Background on Colossae and the Colossians; Colossians and Work. We just don’t really know for sure what this other “philosophy” was. 1:17; Heb. Posted on December 15, 2013 by Theologian. The expression “ firstborn of all creation ” in Colossians 1:15 has been interpreted in three different ways. We may say that each of Paul’s greater epistles has in it one salient thought. Identify the Genre; The macro level is epistolary. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. In love he exposed the danger that was threatening the church. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Reading the book of Colossians reveals that the Colossian Church had lost its focus on Christ. Paul’s Prayer for the Colossians (1:9-12) 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 3: 1-14. (Colossians 1… Colossians 1:15–23 is an extensive praise of Jesus Christ. Of course they are at a loss to explain what happened to the Holy Spirit and the Father, who are glaringly absent from the creation process in this NT passage. God who is spirit (John 4:24) is not visible to the human eye (1 Tim. “If then you were raised together with Christ“ (v. 1a). 16 Car en lui ont été créées toutes les choses qui sont dans les cieux et sur la terre, les visibles et les invisibles, trônes, dignités, dominations, autorités. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Paul means that Jesus Christ makes the unseen God visible. 1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. Colossiens 1 15 Il est l'image du Dieu invisible, le premier-né de toute la création. 1:15-2:5 serve as grounds for the exhortation in 2:6ff. Trinitarian theology views Colossians 1:15-18 as the creation of the universe by Jesus Christ as the second person of God in the trinity. Colossians 1:27 (NASB) 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 1 Consider these uses of the same verb in the NRSV, which is fairly consistent in translating the word: He who undertakes to give strength to his people, is a God of power, and of glorious power. It was probably … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 3:1-4" Hold up a small mirror and ask students what the see. 2 We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters # 1:2 Greek faithful brothers. Colossians 1:9-12 Commentary: Knowledge of God’s Will. But Colossians 1:9, Colossians 3:16, favor ESTIUS' view, which refers it to the wisdom communicated to those being taught: keeping back nothing, but instructing all in the perfect knowledge of the mysteries of faith which is the true wisdom (compare 1 Corinthians 2:6 1 Corinthians 2:7, 12:8, Ephesians 1:17). to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Greek word, “eikon,” was used of the image of Caesar on a coin. By Dr. Timothy Keller. Additionally, we can see through pictures (or even on camera phones in modern day) what something appears to be.