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The Holy Spirit reveals to us exactly what it is saying. Colossians "And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. Man's knowledge and wisdom gotten from the world are not truth. God is Truth. From the very beginning, there had been false teachers who were there to try to separate the new converts from the realities of God.
One thing that should have triggered them, and should trigger us, that something is false, is if it appeals to the flesh. Colossians "For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. That did not mean however, that his love and concern for them was any less 1 Cor. This appears to me, to be very much like many of the churches of our day. They really are Christians, and really do want to do the will of God. They have just listened to some teachers who have confused them in certain areas.
They were caught up in knowledge and the power of the mind. Unknowingly, they had been deceived. They had great faith in Christ. Paul had discerned their problem in his spirit, since he was not there in person. He rejoiced over their faith in Christ being firm, but wanted them to be careful not to get into mind control. Colossians "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him:".
To walk in Christ is to live a life patterned after His. So, the Colossians are urged to keep Him just as they were initially taught, as Messiah and Lord. They are to continue to look to Him for salvation and continue in submission to His authority. This is just saying; walk every day with Christ in you making your decisions.
Depend on His power within you, and not on your own power. Colossians "Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Spiritual maturity develops upward from the foundation of biblical truth as taught and recorded by the apostles This rooting, building, and establishing is in sound doctrine 1 Tim. Paul is saying; let your roots be in Jesus Christ.
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Base everything on Jesus, your rock of foundation. Keep the faith in Jesus Christ. Be like an old oak tree that wind cannot easily move. When winds of false doctrine come, you will not be shaken, because you have your roots in Jesus. Have faith, without faith, it is impossible to please God. Think back on the teaching that brought you to the Lord in the first place. Be thankful to God for all things. Colossians "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.
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False teachers, who are successful in getting people to believe lies, rob them of truth, salvation, and blessing. The word referred to more than merely the academic discipline, but described any theory about God, the world, or the meaning of life. Those embracing the Colossian heresy used it to describe the supposed higher knowledge they claimed to have attained. Paul is trying to remind them that it was not their great knowledge that brought them to Christ, but simple faith.
The worldly education of man builds up the man. This brings vanity and pride; which God is opposed to. The Jews had followed the traditions of men, and they had missed God. Paul is saying; fix your thoughts and faith in Christ. Philosophy, many times, questions God. Have faith; do not question God's purposes. There are many members, some distinguished and some humble—but all are important. Now Paul says that Christ is the head of the church.
The head, as we know, is the concertmaster in charge of all the members of the body. The head orchestrates their movements—helps them to work in concert—gives them direction—makes it possible for them to accomplish wondrous things. So it is with the church and Christ, its head. In other words, Christ was first preeminent in service and sacrifice. Now he is preeminent in receiving honor. This word pleroma has to do with fullness or abundance. A century later, the church would have problems with Gnosticism, which believed that the spiritual is good and the physical is bad.
As a result, Gnostics had a problem with the Incarnation—God becoming flesh and dwelling among us. They said that the fullness pleroma of God could reach us only through emanations or angels—being gradually drained of its pleroma as it approached our earthly existence. Some scholars believe that the church at Colossae was infected with this kind of dualistic viewpoint. Now, in the opening verses of this epistle, Paul seeks to correct this sort of error by presenting Christ as the one in whom all the fullness of the deity was pleased to dwell.
Reconciliation involves a change in a relationship from bad to good—from enmity to friendship. When used of nations, it involves establishing peace between nations that were previously at war with one another. There is another Greek word for reconciliation— kataallasso. Adding apo from as a prefix, as Paul does here, strengthens the force of the reconciliation. In other words, when God through Christ reconciled all things to himself, he took on a really hostile situation and transformed it into a peaceful situation. This reconciliation is not something we could have accomplished for ourselves.
He did so through the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Reconciliation is related to several other New Testament concepts—forgiveness, grace, justification, and redemption—but is distinct from them:. We need to be forgiven, and then we need to learn to forgive. Paul outlines the scope of this reconciliation. This Greek word eirenopoieo is made up of two parts: eirene peace and poieo making. Peace eirene is a significant word, occurring nearly a hundred times in the New Testament. It has its roots in the Hebrew word shalom , which was used frequently in the Old Testament.
Both eirene Greek and shalom Hebrew can refer to an inner kind of peace—the kind of well-being that is derived from a deep relationship with God—the kind of wholeness that comes from having the image of God, once shattered by sin, restored in the believer. But both eirene and shalom can also refer to an external kind of peace—the absence of rancor or violence among individuals or nations. That is what is involved in this verse. Christ, through his blood—his cross—has established peace between God and humans. Eirene is one of the fruits of the Spirit Galatians It has its roots in the peace that we have with God, who has granted us the gift of grace through Jesus Christ Romans a.
Having received grace from God, we are also expected to extend grace to others. In a community where grace is freely received and given, eirene peace will almost certainly prevail. Christ has made peace between God and humans—removing the stain of guilt that made it impossible for humans to approach the divine throne. In verses , Paul stated twelve theological principles that make Christ the one in whom the Colossian Christians should place their faith. Now in verses he reminds them what Christ has done for them personally—further proof that they should reserve their worship for him—and not angels.
My dictionary says that alienation involves a good relationship gone bad. That is exactly what happened to the human race.
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But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ. It was not just their evil works that alienated them from God in times past, but also the way their minds worked. Evil deeds grow out of evil thoughts—thoughts are the starting point. In his letter to the Romans, Paul outlines how that works see Romans In the incarnation, Christ took on a human body—a body of flesh like ours John ; Philippians Holiness is always derivative—derived from a relationship to God.
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To be holy is to be called out from the sinful world into a deep and abiding relationship with God so that the person becomes more God-like—holier—less like the sinful world-at-large. Our holiness is not something that we attained by spiritual self-discipline. This is language clearly derived from Jewish law regarding animal sacrifices.
This word anegkletos is composed of two parts: an not and egkaleo accused. A person who is blameless anegkletos , therefore, is a person against whom no accusation has been brought. Once again, we should emphasize that our blamelessness is not due to our sterling character, but rather to the work of Christ on his cross. Later in this epistle , Paul will call these Colossian Christians to persevere—to endure. Paul uses this word euangelion almost fifty times in his epistles to speak either of 1 the salvation that Christ makes available to us through his death, burial and resurrection or 2 the proclamation of that message.
That which is being proclaimed is the Good News v. Paul cannot mean that every creature under heaven has already heard the Good New proclaimed, because his missionary efforts have just begun to scratch the surface. Paul has become known as the apostle to the Gentiles, because he emphasized the universality of the Good News. But now it has been revealed to his saints Greek: hagios , 27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory Greek: doxa of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory; 28 whom we proclaim, admonishing every man Greek: panta anthropon and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect Greek: teleios in Christ Jesus;.
When Paul talks about suffering, he knows whereof he speaks. He says:. No scholar today has serious doubts that Junia was indeed a woman. I have more on Junia, here and here. Ok so I have a new question then. This is on a comment online by the way. Whatever people can believe what they want about me. How should I respond?
With the fact that phoebe was clearly a deacon an the same exact word for deacon was used for her that was used for other male deacons too? What else should I mention? And most scholars believe the women in 1 Timothy are deacons. Also, deacons in the first century, did much tougher and more important work than many deacons today in their respectable and comfortable modern churches.
Most Christians have no knowledge of how first-century churches actually operated. The related verb , however, is used of the ministries of John the Baptist, Jesus, Paul and his companions, etc. Women travelled with Paul e. So there is simply no reason to presume that women did not also proclaim the gospel, which is what New Testament preaching is. And in fact, 1 Timothy does mention women elders but, of course, this is explained away. Sadly, articulate and correct arguments will not influence people who are stuck in their thinking. It is the Holy Spirit who ultimately changes hearts and minds.
Wealthy women did — Mary Magdalene, Susanna, and Joanna provided for Jesus and the 12, along with anyone else traveling with Jesus. Luke That is so irritating, Jamie. Soooooo frustrating. What a great point you made!!! I love that! Hi Sister Marg, you are really a gift from above to the Church. Yes, I believe ministry is not gender based but gift based. Continue doing your ministry. Press on for your labor is not in vain in the Lord. God loves you and so do I.
God bless! As I was reading Colossians today in the Contemporary English I noticed Nympha was a woman who had church meetings in her home. I did not recall reading this before. This is all to say, thank you for the clarity.
I am a woman preacher and teacher. I am thankful for the extensive research. However, there are circumstances when individuals cannot see another perspective other than their own engrainded ideologies. Only the Holy Spirit can open their eyes. I completely agree.
It is only the Holy Spirit who can open eyes and change minds. The church really has taught some terrible things and done terrible things. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Your Email. The Ministry of Nympha So what can we know about Nympha and the church she hosted? Margaret MacDonald writes, Leadership in Pauline Christianity has been linked with the ability to provide services. Offering a house for church meetings, as Nympha did, was an important ministry in the 1st century.
Please share! About The Author. Marg Marg Mowczko lives north of Sydney, Australia, in a house filled with three generations of family. Related Posts. Jack Gillespie on September 19, at pm. Marg on September 19, at pm. Thanks, Jack. Marg, are you the husband of one wife? A Suitable Helper in Hebrew Do you want to preach? Titus Busy at Home: How does Titus apply today?
Jamie on September 20, at pm. George on September 19, at pm. I appreciate the preparation and scholarship you put into these articles Reply. Thanks, George. Jamie on September 19, at pm. Marg on September 20, at am. Hi Jamie, I think people look for the wrong words when trying to see who were ministers in the NT church.
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Marg on September 20, at pm. Hi Sasha, There are men pastors who also champion women. I hope you find a good church. It can be hard. Jennifer on September 20, at am. Russell Newell on September 21, at pm. Marg on September 22, at pm.
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Wonderful, Russell. Anne Morelli on September 25, at am. Marg on September 25, at pm. Thank you. Anne Morelli on September 27, at am. Megan on October 8, at pm. Marg on October 8, at pm. Hi Megan, How do I know this? Megan on October 9, at am. Marg on October 9, at pm. Russell Newell on October 9, at pm. Megan on October 9, at pm. Hi Russell, You are welcome to use any of my words. I hope she sees your message, Russell. Thank You Megan and sleep tight, Marg… smile….
Megan on October 10, at am. Marg on October 10, at pm. Hi Megan, There are masculine words in 1 Timothy ff and Titus ff. Your questions are important. Megan on October 10, at pm. Perhaps because it flies in the face of centuries of traditional, but incorrect, teachings. Jamie on October 10, at pm. Megan on October 11, at am. JamiE on October 11, at am. Hey Megan! Megan, keep learning, and keep growing in grace with anyone who might disagree with your views.
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