Colossians; Four of My Favorite Chapters

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This week I’ve been reading through the book of Colossians. I love all of God’s Word but Paul’s letter to the Christians at Colosse is my favorite to read again and again. It’s poetically written and full of easy to understand but deep doctrinal truths.

It contains a powerful argument for the diety of Jesus Christ and exhorts the Colossians to not be drawn away by Gnostic philosophy. There were people in their day just like today that were of the persuasion that Jesus was a good teacher but not God. Paul argues that it is only because Jesus is God that He has the power to forgive sins.

It tells us so much about Jesus teaching us that He is;

  • The King (in reference to His kingdom)
  • The Creator
  • The Son of God
  • The Redeeming Sacrifice
  • The Image of The Invisible God
  • The Firstborn of Every Creature (a reference to the old testament)
  • The Head of The Body
  • The Beginning
  • The Firstborn from the dead

The letter is full of encouragement and exhortation to keep our hearts on the Lord and not be distracted by this world.

It reminds us that we are totally complete in Christ and there is nothing that we lack or can add to His sacrifice. “And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:” 2:9

It’s only four chapters long and easy to read so if your soul needs some encouragement in the Lord today, I recommend reading Colossians.

Colossians 1:12-18King James Version (KJV)

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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.

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One thought on “Colossians; Four of My Favorite Chapters

  1. I love Paul’s explanation of the connection between law and the principalities and powers. How do you understand Colossians 2:1319? Through the cross Jesus has canceled the written code, and disarmed the principalities and powers. Oh, side note, the Greek word for putting them to public shame is used only once else in the New Testament: Matthew 1:19. Whatever it is that Paul is saying by connecting the principalities to the power of the law, it leads him straightway into chapter 3 where Paul assures us of our freedom in Christ, and therefore the encouragement to continue in holiness.

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