Paul wrote Colossians along with Timothy.
They wrote it to the fellow believers in Colossae.
God is the Lord Jesus Christ’s Dad.
Paul and Timothy pray for the Colossians.
The Colossians are loving towards other saints.
The Colossians love others because of their hope of what’s in Heaven.
The Colossians and everyone in the whole world had heard the Gospel at that point.
The Colossians understood the Gospel as the grace of God.
The Colossians heard the Gospel from Epaphras.
Epaphras told Paul and Timothy about how the Colossians love in the Spirit.
Paul and Timothy prayed without fail that the Colossians would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. They want them to walk in a way that pleases the Lord; doing good works and growing in knowledge of Him.
Paul and Timothy give thanks to God that the Colossians have been qualified by God to share in the inheritance.
God delivered us them from darkness and placed them in the kingdom of Jesus.
It is in Jesus that we have reception, the forgiveness of our sins.
Jesus is the image of God.
God is invisible.
Jesus was the “firstborn” of all creation.
Jesus made everything everywhere for himself.
Jesus is greater than all things, and is responsible for holding all things together.
Jesus is the head of the church, which is called the Body.
Jesus is the firstborn from the dead.
The fullness of God dwells in Jesus:
which pleases God the father.
Through Jesus is reconciliation to all things by the blood of His cross.
The Colossians were at one time alienated and hostile towards God, and did evil things.
Since Jesus died on the cross for them, the Colossians are now reconciled by the death of Jesus because they are presented Holy and blameless.
This will be shown by the fact that you will continue to be stable in their faith.
Again, the gospel had been proclaimed in all creation, under heaven.
Paul is a minister of the Gospel.
Paul is happy about his sufferings because they were done for the sake of the Colossians.
His job, given to him by God, is to make the word of God fully known.
The mystery which Paul wants to make known to the Colossians is that Christ dwells in the believers, saints.
Paul considered the sharing of the Gospel to be “warning people” … so sharing the Gospel, isn’t simply telling the “Good News.”
The goal is to present everyone (to God) mature (or perfect) in Christ.
Paul works hard to accomplish these goals and he recognizes that his strength is by God who powerfully works in him.
Matthew 11 - (v. 6) Jesus said "Blessed is the one who is not offended by me" (v. 11) John the baptist was the greatest man born among women according to Jesus (v. 24) There will be different degrees of punishment on the day of judgement based on knowledge and sins.
Genesis 11 - At this time, there was only one language in all the earth, English. (just kidding) All the people were going to build a city and a tower reaching to the 'heaven' (sky scraper?) and God came down and put an end to it all by spreading them all out and causing them to speak different languages. This seems like quite a summary… I would sure like to go back to this time and see how God did this. Abram (Abraham's) dad was Terah who lived 205 years, then died.
Romans 11 - Gentiles are grafted in to the olive tree, but it's root is Israel, the chosen ones.
1 Timothy 3 - If you want to be a bishop, that's good. But there are some qualifications that you should meet: Above reproach, 'one woman man', sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent, gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, have a well-managed household with submissive children, can't be a recent convert (recent is not defined here), well thought of by outsiders. (That's a lot of qualifications). Then there's deacons. They must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain, they must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. Also, their wives must be dignified, not slanderers, sober-minded, faithful in all things. Deacons must also be one-woman men with managed children.
Job 11 - According to the heading in my ESV Bible, this is Zophar talking back to Job saying that he actually deserves worse than he got. OUCH.
Psalms 11 - (v. 5) God's soul hates the wicked and the ONE who loves violence. (God hates people not just sin)
Proverbs 11 - (v. 4) Riches do not profit on the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Your money won't save you on the day of judgment, but only the righteousness of Christ will. (v. 20) THOSE of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord (not the heart, but THOSE who have it) (v. 30) … whoever captures souls is wise ( I wonder if this verse is talking about 'soul winning' / evangelism)
Joshua 11 - Joshua was quite a killer. I can't even imagine how many men, women and children he killed. He obeyed the Lord in all that He commanded Moses. I don't know if I would be able to do that.
Isaiah 11 - Is this talking about Jesus? A shoot from the stump of Jesse?
Acts 11 - (v. 16) This verse was one that makes me wonder if water baptism is for modern day Christians. (Granted, I was baptized with water, just in case). (v. 26) First called Christians in Antioch.
Matthew 7 - Judge not, lest you be judged. (One of the most well known verses in the bible among non-believers.) But if you keep reading, it goes on to say that you will be judged in the same way. Further more, what you ought to do is 'take the log out of your own eye' so that you can go to a brother and help him with the speck in his eye. (v. 11) - Jesus call's people evil. (v.12) - The Golden Rule. (v. 13, 14) - Wide and narrow gate. (v.21 - 23) - "I never knew you" - Jesus. (v. 24 - 27) - Build your house on the Rock, not sand.
Genesis 7 - Noah and family entered the Ark along with the animals. The Lord shut them in the Ark. The ran came and didn't stop for forty days and every living thing on the earth died, including all of mankind. I don't see if fish and sea life was killed. Noah was 600 years old when all this was happening.
Romans 7 - Paul tells us that the law is to show us our sinfulness. He states in v.7 that he wouldn't have known sin unless the law told him. Then he states that even as a believer, he still struggles with (has a war with) sin and doing what is right. His inner begin delights in the law of God and agrees with it, but his flesh likes the sin.
2 Thessalonians 2 - Paul tells the Thessalonians not to be tricked by anyone that says the Day of the Lord has already come because there are things that have to precede this event which haven't yet happened.
Job 7 - Job is very unhappy with his life. He's not cursing God, but it does sound like he's asking Him why He is doing all this bad to him. "Why have you made me your mark?" (v. 20)
Psalms 7 - (v. )8 seems strange to me: "… judge me O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is min me." I would never say that to God. (v. 17) says "… I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High." If he will sing praise to God, maybe I should too.
Proverbs 7 - Avoid the married woman who invites you to her house to spend time on her couch.
Joshua 7 - During a battle, God told them not to take any devoted things but a man named Achor disobeyed and took some things. This caused Israel to lose the next battle and then Joshua and some other guys got on their face and God told them to find the person who disobeyed and burn him. That's what happened.
Isaiah 7 - (v. 14) Jesus's virgin birth is prophecied.
Acts 7 - Moses was 80 years old when God gave him the 10 Commandments. Stephen gives a history lesson to the high priest and others. They were upset by what Stephen said and they stoned him to death.
Matthew 4 - Jesus is swept away to the desert where He fasts for forty days and nights, and after that he's hungry. Jesus is tempted by the devil but resists him by quoting scripture. Jesus picks a few of his followers and tells them instead of fishing for fish, He'll make them fish for men. He starts preaching to people that they should repent, because the Kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus starts healing lots of people with various types of diseases.
Genesis 4 - Adam knew Eve and they had two sons, Cain and Abel. Later both sons brought God an offering, and God only liked Abel's. This upset Cain and after he talked with his brother, he killed him. God confronted Cain about this then kicked him out of Eden. Cain had a mark placed on him, and God said if anyone killed Cain their punishment would be seven fold. (I'm not sure what death times seven would be…?) Then Adam and Eve had another son called Seth. Cain married his wife, which was likely a younger sister (but this wasn't wrong at that time).
Romans 4 - Abraham was made righteous by his faith, not his circumcision. The same is true for us: We are forgiven of our sin not by keeping the law, but by our faith and trust in Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 4 - Paul tells them that they're doing pretty good about being loving, but to keep doing that more and more. Also, apparently they struggled with sexual purity: Paul reminded them that God desires them to be pure. He also comforts them about those that have died, that they will rise again and be with Jesus as we will when he comes back.
Job 4 - Eliphaz the Temanite said some stuff to Job, but honestly I have no idea what he was talking about.
Psalms 4 - Be angry and sin not. Also notable in this chapter was in verse 3 it said something like "the Lord has set apart the godly for himself." That seemed strange to me (like works righteousness) but the notes in my John MacArthur Study Bible (ESV) say that this word 'godly' in this context meant a person blessed by God's grace.
Proverbs 4 - Wisdom is a girl. Not really, but it's interesting how wisdom is personalized as a female. This chapter says in various ways to get wisdom, heed wisdom, and treasure wisdom. Also, don't do bad things with bad people.
Joshua 4 - People walked through Jordan river and maybe stayed there for a while since God stopped the water. Joshua was told to have twelve men bring some stones and put them somewhere so that kids would see them in the future and ask about them. When they did, they were to tell them the history about the event.
Isaiah 4 - In that day, there will be many women that request to live when a man to take away their reproach. They will eat their own bread.
Acts 4 - Peter and John were talking to the people about Jesus and the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came to them and threw them in prison until the next day. Then Peter said to them if they were wondering how the man was healed that the answer was certainly that he was healed through Jesus Christ. They were upset by this and told them not to speak to anyone about Jesus anymore, but they asked them if they should listen to them or God. (Rhetorically). Their is salvation in no one else other than Jesus. Also, in this time the believers were selling their possessions as needed and giving the money to the apostles and everyone was sharing what they had so that no one was in need. As an example, Joseph sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
*Actually read on Jan 5th, and 6th, posted on the 6th.
Happy New Year! Indeed it is. I am so thankful to my wife for suggesting that we do a Bible reading plan this year. I am embarrassed to admit that I think I've read more in these first four days that I read all of last year. I don't know that for a fact because last year, I just kinda read 'whenever.' Maybe when I was using the bathroom or occasionally at church or community group. But this year, we're on a plan to read the entire Bible in 90 days. Four days in to it and I'm so excited about it.
I encourage you to get on some sort of bible reading program. There's plenty to choose from. If you download the Bible.is app for your smart phone, it has several to choose from. I am doing this 90 day plan. Just find one that works for you and do it. Or, as my Pastor said… just do more with the Bible this year than you did last year.
I, Brandt Dary, am a normal Bible believing Christian with a heart to share the Biblical Gospel and teach others to do the same. I'm married to my beautiful wife Haleh and have four amazing kids. I live in Queen Creek, AZ. I make a living from Software Development.
My Bible Reading Notes are not scripture. It's not the BDV (Brandt Dary's Version). These are just my notes as I'm going through the Professor Grant Horner Bible Reading System. These bible notes may not be complete, or accurate. If you see something I got wrong, or wish to comment on something I've said, feel free to do so.