Colossians 1. Forum Discussion

The book of Colossians is just 4 chapters long, but it’s focus on Christ is as strong as any other book in the bible.

Paul writes this epistle during his first Roman imprisonment in approximately 60-61 AD. Key themes to this book include:

  • Christ is, “The head over all rule and authority.” – Colossians 2:10
  • Christ is the basis for the believer’s hope. – Colossians 1:5

Paul begins his letter to the Colossians with a greeting, thanksgiving, and a prayer. Paul’s prayer is found in verses 9-14, “For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Paul focuses on Christ right from the beginning of this epistle. Beginning in verse 15 he states:

  • Christ is the image of the invisible God
  • Christ is the firstborn of all creation
  • Christ created all things both in the heavens and the earth
  • All things have been created through Him and for Him
  • Christ is before all things
  • In Christ all things hold together
  • Christ is the head of the body
  • Christ is the head of the church
  • Christ is the beginning
  • Christ is the firstborn from the dead

Chapter 1 concludes with the following beautiful passage:

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 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. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.” - Amen 

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"So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light." - Glory to God for giving us such powerful scripture to guide and shape us!

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