Paul had a desire for those who hadn’t seen him face to face to be encouraged and be loving.
God’s mystery is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge.
Paul was concerned that the Colossians wouldn’t be tricked by others with plausible arguments.
Paul is there with the Colossians in Spirit.
We should walk in Christ with ____ which it the same way we received him… Grace, faith, repentance… ?
It’s our responsibility to make sure that no one teaks us captive to anything anti-Christ.
In Christ dwells the fullness of deity. (Divine status)
Christ is the head of all rule and authority.
Being in Christ is a spiritual circumcision.
Our (water ?) baptism is symbolic to Christ’s death and resurrection.
God raised Christ from the dead.
We were dead in trespasses and God made us alive having forgiven all of them.
God was able to forgive us our trespasses by “nailing it to the cross” - We broke the law, and Jesus paid our fine.
Because of what God did in Christ, we aren’t to allow judgment from others regarding food, drink, festivals, or the Sabbath.
These rules of the past were a shadow of things to come, but Jesus is the substance - He’s the real deal.
We don’t need to worship angles (and I’m sure other places tell us to explicitly not).
We don’t need to do asceticism, which is severe self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious (New Oxford American Dictionary)
Since we died in Christ, we don’t need to follow rules like “Don’t touch” or “Don’t taste”
These rules seem like they might even be beneficial, but they actually don’t help in stopping the indulgence of the flesh… I think this means that they may seem like they would help you with ‘holiness’, but they actually don’t.
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.
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.