Colossians
10 Colossians 4:2-18 Continue in Prayer

10 Colossians 4:2-18 Continue in Prayer

How are we to understand these various Scripture verses that encourage us to persevere in prayer, continue to pray, pray without ceasing, and pray at all times. Can we fulfill them by setting an app on our smart phones to remind us to pray 15 minutes of every hour? If not number of minutes, what are the authors asking us to do?

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09 Colossians 3:18-4:1 Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

09 Colossians 3:18-4:1 Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

In this series of exhortations, Paul explains how belief in the gospel changes how you act in three pairs of relationships: wives/husbands, children/parents and slaves/masters. The overarching theme in this section is to live all our relationships as bond servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing ultimately we serve him. The challenge is to resist the tendency to “win.” Instead we are to recognize God has a higher prior claim on our lives and seek to do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ — in whatever situation we find ourselves.

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08 Colossians 3:8-17 Real Gospel Change

08 Colossians 3:8-17 Real Gospel Change

Paul has been warning the Colossians that they are in danger of becoming like the Pharisee in the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18). Essentially, he warns: Don’t trust in your law-keeping; trust in the blood of Christ and the hope of the gospel. Then you’ll see real gospel change.

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06 Colossians 2:16-23 Passing Judgment

06 Colossians 2:16-23 Passing Judgment

Paul contrasts faith in Christ with keeping a set of religious disciplines. He claims limiting what you eat or practicing specific rituals as an effort to prove yourself a spiritual person or show yourself worthy to God is foolishness. It misses what Christ came to do for you.

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03 Colossians 1:13-23 You cannot seek God and avoid Christ

03 Colossians 1:13-23 You cannot seek God and avoid Christ

In perhaps the most explicit teaching on the Christ in the New Testament, Paul says: 1) all that we can know of God is seen in Jesus because the visible man Jesus reveals the invisible God to us, and 2) Jesus has priority in every way as the Father has given authority over all creation to Jesus. Written to a community in danger of leaving the gospel, Paul emphasizes that Christ and the cross are essential to getting the gospel right.

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02 Colossians 1:3-12 Life-Changing Hope

02 Colossians 1:3-12 Life-Changing Hope

Paul is thankful for what God has done in the Colossian church to bring about their faith and salvation through Jesus Christ which has resulted in their faith and love of their fellow believers. What has transformed their thinking and who they identify as their people is the hope which results from understanding and believing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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