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From Paul and Timothy to those in Christ, at Colossae   Paul's prayer for those as Colossae   Their hearing of the Gospel came through Epaphras   Paul's desire for the Colossians   Walk worthy of the Lord   Redemption and forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ   Jesus, the image of the invisible God   All things were created by Him and for Him   To be holy, unblamable, and unaccused, in the sight of God   If you continue in the faith   The hidden mystery now made known   Full assurance of understanding   The mystery of God, the Father, and of Christ   In God, are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge   Established in the faith   Beware of the traditions of men   The circumcision made without hands   Some things nailed to the cross with Christ   Let no man judge you   Let no man beguile you   Touch not, taste not, and handle not, the commandments and doctrines of men   Actions of a Christian   When Christ shall appear   Jesus, is our life   Who is God's wrath for   Putting off the old and putting on the new   The virtues of a Christian   Advice for wives, husbands, children, parents, and servants   Whatsoever ye do, do as though you're doing it for God, and not for men   For serving the Lord   He that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done   There is no respect of persons   A Master in heaven   Paul's request for prayer   Paul, in prison for teaching Christ   Let your speech be with grace, seasoned with salt   Thychicus and Onesimus will be delivering this letter   Remember me Paul, in prison

From Paul and Timothy to those in Christ, at Colossae

Col 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

Col 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul's prayer for those as Colossae

Col 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

Col 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Col 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Col 1:6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

Their hearing of the Gospel came through Epaphras

Col 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

Col 1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

Paul's desire for the Colossians

Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Walk worthy of the Lord

Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Redemption and forgiveness of sins
through the blood of Jesus Christ

Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption[1] through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

1 "REDEMPTION": 629. apolutrosis, ap-ol-oo'-tro-sis; from a comp. of G575 and G3083; (the act) ransom in full, i.e. (fig.) riddance, or (spec.) Chr. salvation:--deliverance, redemption.

Jesus, the image of the invisible God

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God made Jesus in His own Image. The Man, (Ha Adam).

 All things were created by Him and for Him

Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence[1].

1 "PREEMINENCE": 4409. proteuo, prote-yoo'-o; from G4413; to be first (in rank or influence):--have the preeminence.

Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Col 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

To be holy, unblamable, and
unaccused, in the sight of God

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable[1] in his sight:

1 "UNREPROVEABLE": 410. anegkletos, an-eng'-klay-tos; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and a der. of G1458; unaccused, i.e. (by impl.) irreproachable:--blameless.

If you continue in the faith

Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:

Col 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

The hidden mystery now made known

Col 1:26 Even the mystery[1] which hath been hid from ages[2] and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

1 "MYSTERY": 3466. musterion, moos-tay'-ree-on; from a der. of muo (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites):--mystery.

2 "AGES": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

Mat 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Full assurance of understanding
The mystery of God, the Father, and of Christ

Col 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict[1] I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

1 "CONFLICT": 73. agon, ag-one'; from G71; prop. a place of assembly (as if led), i.e. (by impl.) a contest (held there); fig. an effort or anxiety:--conflict, contention, fight, race.

Read this whole chapter. In it are some of the things Jesus did away with. They were nailed to the cross with him.

Col 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance[1] of understanding, to the acknowledgment[2] of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

1 "ASSURANCE": 4136. plerophoria, play-rof-or-ee'-ah; from G4135; entire confidence:--(full) assurance.

2 "ACKNOWLEDGMENT": 1922. epignosis, ep-ig'-no-sis; from G1921; recognition, i.e. (by impl.) full discernment, acknowledgment:--(ac-) knowledge (-ing, -ment).

In God, are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge

Col 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Col 2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

Col 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order[1], and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

1 "ORDER": 5010. taxis, tax'-is; from G5021; regular arrangement, i.e. (in time) fixed succession (of rank or character), official dignity:--order.

Established in the faith

Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Beware of the traditions of men

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

The circumcision made without hands

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Some things nailed to the cross with Christ

Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Let no man judge you

Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath[1] days:

1 "SABBATH": 4521. sabbaton, sab'-bat-on; of Heb. or [H7676]; the Sabbath (i.e. Shabbath), or day of weekly repose from secular avocations (also the observance or institution itself); by extens. a se'nnight, i.e. the interval between two Sabbaths; likewise the plur. in all the above applications:--sabbath (day), week.

From the Old Testament:
H7673. shabath
, shaw-bath'; a prim. root; to repose, i.e. desist from exertion; used in many impl. relations (caus., fig. or spec.):--(cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.

Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Is this saying that Christ became our Sabbath?

Let no man beguile you

Col 2:18 Let no man beguile[1] you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed[2] up by his fleshly mind,

1 "BEGUILE": 2603. katabrabeuo, kat-ab-rab-yoo'-o; from G2596 and G1018 (in its orig. sense); to award the prize against, i.e. (fig.) to defraud (of salvation):--beguile of reward.

2 "PUFFED": 5448. phusioo, foo-see-o'-o; from G5449 in the prim. sense of blowing; to inflate, i.e. (fig.) make proud (haughty):--puff up.

Let no person cheat or deprive you of your salvation.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Touch not, taste not, and handle not,
the commandments and doctrines of men

Col 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;

Col 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Col 2:23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

Actions of a Christian

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your affection[1] on things above, not on things on the earth.

1 "AFFECTION": 5426. phroneo, fron-eh'-o; from G5424; to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; by impl. to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction); intens. to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience):--set the affection on, (be) care (-ful), (be like-, + be of one, + be of the same, + let this) mind (-ed, regard, savour, think.

Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

When Christ shall appear
Jesus, is our life

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory[1].

1 "GLORY": 1391. doxa, dox'-ah; from the base of G1380; glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (lit. or fig., obj. or subj.):--dignity, glory (-ious), honour, praise, worship.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Who is God's wrath for?

Col 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Putting off the old and putting on the new

Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

The virtues of a Christian

Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Col 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Jesus talking:
Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity[1], which is the bond of perfectness.

1 "CHARITY": 26. agape, ag-ah'-pay; from G25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; spec. (plur.) a love-feast:--(feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Advice for wives, husbands, children, parents, and servants

Col 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Col 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Col 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Col 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

Whatsoever ye do, do as though
you're doing it for God, and not for men

Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

For serving the Lord

Col 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

He that doeth wrong shall receive
for the wrong which he hath done

There is no respect of persons

Col 3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

A Master in heaven

Col 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Paul's request for prayer
Paul, in prison for teaching Christ

Col 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Col 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

Col 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Let your speech be with grace, seasoned with salt

Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Thychicus and Onesimus will be delivering this letter

Col 4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:

Col 4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;

Col 4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.

Phile 1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

Col 4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)

Col 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.

Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Col 4:13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea and them in Hierapolis.

Col 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

Col 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

Col 4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

Exchange the information, or read each other's letters.

Col 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

Remember me Paul, in prison

Col 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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