Bible Studies: Colossians Chapter 1

November 11, 2017

 

Read Verses: 1 – 2

 

Paul probably wrote this letter in Rome when he was under house arrest waiting for his trial or release around 63AD. He wrote this letter to the Christians in Colosse when he heard about them from Epaphras when he visited.

 

Q. Who is an Apostle?

(Greek word) Apostolos

:- sent one, authorised spoke for God, one commissioned and empowered to represent God.

 

So Paul was qualified as an Apostle because he was sent, commissioned, and empowered to represent God to preach the gospel of salvation.

Paul addressed the Christians in colosse as saints and faithful brethren.

 

Q. Who is a saint and who are the faithful?

The saints are true Christians who have been separated and set aside for Christ and the faithful are those who have not embrace the false teaching which was Paul’s most concern.

 

Q. Why Paul wrote the letter?

The people of Colosse were going through a period called Colossians heresy, which is a form of false teaching or doctrine mixed with mystical and legalistic Judaism perhaps combined with early Gnosticism.

So Paul was writing to address that problem by laying emphasis on the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Paul’s greeting was familiar but heartfelt. “Grace is God’s unconditioned goodwill toward men and women which is decisively expressed in the saving work of Christ.”

 

Read: Verse 3

Paul prays and gives thanks to God for these Christians.

 

Read: Verses 4 - 8

 

Q. Why was Paul thankful?

Paul was thankful of their faith in Christ Jesus and their love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for them in heaven.

Here we see the triad LOVE, FAITH AND HOPE.

Paul was also thankful because their eternal destiny has been affected by truth of the gospel which they heard, just the way you and I, our future destiny has planned by our faith.

 

Read: Verses 9 – 11

 

Paul prays to God that we may be filled with the knowledge of His will:

That is to know God and what He required of us.

He prays that we may walk worthy of Him to fully please God.

Our walk is based on our knowledge of God and our understanding of He required of us.

To be fruitful in every good work and to increase in the knowledge of God.

 

John 15:7-8: If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

That you and I may be Strengthened with all might: As we walk worthy of the Lord, His strength is there to help us meet all of life’s challenges, and to endure and overcome problems with circumstances (patience) and people (longsuffering) with joy.

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