Last night the Young Adults started a new Bible study series in the Book of Colossians. Starting in Chapter 1; we covered verse 1 through verse 14. There are a lot of things that I learned by doing some research and reading for this sermon in Colossians. It is very interesting to me that unlike Rome or Greece, there are no real remains or building structures of the city of Colossae today. While the letter to the Colossian church was written while Paul was in prison; Paul has no direct emotional or mental
attachment to the church in Colossae. However, Paul does show us that it is acceptable to harvest what another person has sewn. In other words; it is possible to build upon another’s foundation or water what someone else has planted. In verses 3-5, Paul groups faith, love, and hope together. He also does this in 1 Corinthians 13; however, in this particular instance the hope that Paul is talking about is not really an action or a state of one hoping for something. It is more of an anticipation of something that one knows is going to happen. The church in Colossae is actively waiting on something to happen. At the time this letter was written; it has been roughly 30 years since Jesus died and was resurrected. Included in this time period, Pentecost has already happened and the gospel of Christ has spread throughout the world. The gospel has spread from Jerusalem to Syria, Asia Minor, Greece, Italy, and possibly even Egypt, Persia, and North Africa. Verse 7 gives us information on Paul’s connection to the church in Colossae. Epaphras. I believe that Epaphras likely heard Paul preach in another city and became a believer. So with this new salvation; Epaphras takes off back to Colossae and starts preaching and evangelizing in his city. The gospel message blows up in the city and a church is born because of all the people that are being saved. Epaphras has told Paul about his church and is apparently thankful to be associated with such a loving and faithful congregation. Verses 9-14 is a prayer that Paul prays. These verses struck me as something that as Christ-followers, we should also pray for ourselves. Paul prays that the Colossian church would be filled with knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. This knowledge that is paired with wisdom and understanding comes not from worldly sources but is given by the Holy Spirit. I like that because of verse 9 what happens in verse 10 is made possible. We can walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Our salvation would not have been possible had it not been for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. For this we give thanks that God has transferred us from a path headed to darkness and has now put us on a path headed for light. We are children of God and we get to share in the inheritance with Christ.
For this message, I read Matthew Henry’s commentary and the ESV Study Bible.
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