Not on my ability to repeat creeds or confessions. There is another line of interpretation that understands this verse to mean that Paul’s purpose in proclaiming Christ, admonishing and teaching everyone is to bring about changed lives, to make people ‘perfect’ in the way they live. Based on the context of what you have read so far, what. The certainty, the assurance is not something conjured up by positive thinking, but is grounded in the very person of Christ. In favour of the latter are  Paul’s prayer in 1:9 and his instruction in 3:16, both of which point to the importance of believers having ‘all’ knowledge or understanding or wisdom; and  the concept being taught by the false teachers that there was advanced knowledge which only the spiritual elite could attain. ‘Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful’ [Hebrews 10:23]. ‘No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’ [Matthew 11:27]. 1. It remained hidden. In this brief letter he includes more aspects of the true identity of Christ, and more aspects of the salvation obtained through the death of Christ than in any other letter. Now read 2 Corinthians 1:9; 13:4 and Romans 5:3-5. But they couldn’t. IN our last study we saw how Paul told us of the supremacy of Christ, and the all-sufficiency of Christ in his work to save us from our sins, and what this means in a practical and eternal way for all who believe. The false teaching that enticed people beyond Christ to further revelation had not understood this reality. There is nothing better. He wants them to know how great the struggle, the contest, is. But it is not warrantable; it is taking that honour which is due to Christ only, and giving it to a creature. Only the real, deep conviction that Christ is who and what he is will ensure these believers are not led astray. Scripture: Colossians 1:24-2:5 Commentary. Not just for Jews, but for Gentiles also. The Gospel, the hidden mystery now made known, centres on Jesus Christ. Discern truth from error using the following process. (Colossians 2:2, NLT). Such is the nature of any false teaching that succeeds to entrap people. 24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. James Rosscup writes that "Lightfoot is excellent in this 1865 work revised in 1879. Why was this suffering necessary? Colossians 1:24-2:5 We’ve just completed perhaps the great Christological passage in all of Scripture, where the wonder, glory, and authority of Christ is made very evident. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. Colossians 1:24-29. He will not stand by and see the Colossians robbed of their assurance of salvation, he will not stand by and see Jesus Christ robbed of his identity and power to save. Explore It Questions 3. 2012.09.21 20:11 admin Views:4566. What was the commission (stewardship) given to Paul from the first day of His faith in Christ? The ‘with’ is not the with of sharing a physical location, but the with of sharing together with. All God's Word For You Bible Studies are written from a reformed, conservative, evangelical perspective that upholds the historic fundamentals of the Christian faith. Its message is of a God who is a Friend and Lover of the souls of men. Download books for free. Oct 16 God Is Still at Work in Us / Colossians 2:6-15. Colossians 1:24-2:5 Topics . Because he can be trusted, we can be totally confident. But now that the truth is revealed in Christ in all its fullness, now that the mystery is no longer hidden, God willed to make it known among the Gentiles also. Reread Colossians 1:24. (1:24) 2 | Page 4. We will be as glorious as God created us to be. It is not something anyone and everyone can understand. /Grace and peace to you from… Today, we are continuing our look at Paul’s letter to the Colossians. 3 thoughts on “Colossians 1:24-2:5 – Paul’s Labor for the Church – Episode 297” Chad Warner says: March 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm. This is a critical point in respect to the Colossian false teachers: some of them were requiring the Gentiles to conform to Jewish rituals and observances in order to be acceptable to God. In this sermon, we will be looking at how Paul instructed the Colossians church about what it means to BE the church. When you hear the word “mystery,” what comes to mind? ‘I … delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is’ – such order and such solidity will protect them against the errors being promoted among them. ‘which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ – in contrast to the false teaching and its ritual and legalistic requirements, Paul here states firmly a central aspect of this gospel mystery: that Christ in you is the hope of glory. This was. As the Scripture testifies: Christ himself is our hope [1Timothy 1:1]. Because of and on the basis of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which Paul and the apostles proclaimed, these Colossians – whether they are Jewish, or Gentile, or Roman, or whatever – are welded together. It is not just about ‘getting people saved’. As he begins his defence of Jesus Christ, he first of all reaffirms his own commission. Paul then discussed God’s great plan of redemption (“although you were formerly alienated…He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death”). Not on my mystical or subjective human experiences. Commentary on Colossians 1:24-29 (Read Colossians 1:24-29) Both the sufferings of the Head and of the members are called the sufferings of Christ, and make up, as it were, one body of sufferings. 24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. This contrasted with the Colossian heretics’ notion that a mystery was a secret teaching known only to an exclusive group and unknown to the masses. Scripture Text: Colossians 1:24-2:5. Colossians and Philemon: Tyndale New Testament Commentaries | Wright, Nicholas Thomas | download | Z-Library. Focus on the Meaning: Your position in Christ is your: Acceptance before God, assurance of salvation, and identity. The truth about Jesus Christ and about his cross encourages those who believe. The Old Testament was written in anticipation of Jesus Christ; from Genesis to Malachi, it speaks of Jesus Christ. To search beside or beyond Jesus Christ, as the false teachers advocated, is to move into darkness. Nov 13 For the Spread of the Gospel / Colossians 4:2-6 1. Not on rules or regulations or rituals. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991.) James Rosscup - Based on the Greek text, this commentary grapples with problems in an energetic fashion, presenting various views and coming to conclusions. God commissioned him. Who enables (empowers) you to become “fully mature” in Christ? This passage is important for a number of reasons. But behind the false teachers, behind the blind unbelief of men, are Satan and the forces of evil, who have deceived the nations and seek to hold them in that deception. ‘to present to you the word of God in its fullness’ – and that is what he is endeavouring to do in this letter. That is all anyone needs to know: Jesus Christ. It sounded good, and its proponents knew how to promote it to ensure that it sounded good. ‘namely, Christ’ – again Paul gives us a one word summary of all the truth of God. Among these are the incomprehensibility of God and the origin of sin and evil. God's Word For You acknowledges that God exists, that He loves us with an incredible love, and that He has spoken and continues to speak to us in the Bible, his written Word. (Colossians 1:24) How could Paul’s sufferings in prison complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions? Scripture: Colossians 1:24-2:5 Commentary. 2:12-14) …That God would save “Gentiles” was no new revelation (Isa. Something has been brought to completion. (i) The gospel is good news of God. Which ideas or words do you see repeated here from the previous passages (give verses)? The same energy working in Paul is also working in you. The gospel is public information. It is urgent for his readers to know this because of the presence of false teaching. ... In-depth Bible study books. It takes ‘all his (God’s) energy’ – that is, the strong and powerful operation of God working for, in and through him, to enable him to engage, and to keep on engaging, in this task. Paul believed that Christ’s suffering on the cross alone paid for believers’ salvation from sin (Romans 3:23–25). 2. He gives them one fact after another leading up to his bold and exclusive statement in 2:3 and his repudiation of the false teaching in 2:4. Evil will not be there. Why did Paul rejoice? ‘of glory’ – There are over-lapping and interweaving aspects to this glory. ‘… to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ’ [Ephesians 3:8]. Observation: Suffering takes on purpose in what it accomplishes in, for, and through us. The word translated ‘encouraged’ is ‘parakaleo’ – to comfort. Not on my commitment or my sincerity. Colossians 1:24-2:5 New International Version (NIV) Paul’s Labor for the Church. Colossians 1:1, 2 Introduction “Thou, O Christ, art all I want; more than all in Thee I find.” –Charles Wesley “Look on thine own nothingness; be humble, but look at Jesus, they great representative, and be glad. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. Oct 30 The Character of the True Team / Colossians 3:1-14. Commentary on Colossians 2:18-23 (Read Colossians 2:18-23) It looked like humility to apply to angels, as if men were conscious of their unworthiness to speak directly to God. Not on my need for fulfilment or whatever. According to today’s passage, why should we proclaim Christ? All of the Old Testament, of which Christ was the hidden mystery’, has its purpose, its goal, its fulfilment, in Jesus Christ. In other words, the reason he proclaims Christ, the reason he admonishes and teaches, is to bring people to this point of faith where they are united to Christ, and, being united to Christ, are, in Christ, ‘perfect.’. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. But there is more to it than that. Nov 6 Interacting Well With Others / Colossians 3:15-4:1. Even the Psalm writer understood this inability when he prayed: ‘Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law’ [Psalm 119:18]. Colossians and Philemon: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament | Pao, David, W;Arnold, Clinton, E | download | Z-Library. And they are welded together ‘in love’ – the same love of God that has broken down the barriers between them and him, has also broken down the barriers that separated them from each other, as he will tell them later in this letter. Paul personally introduces himself to the Colossians (1:24-2:5) 4. Hence, ‘encourage’. Body, Church, Encouragement, Glory, God, Hope, Jesus Christ, Joy, Serving, Suffering, Teaching, Unity, Wisdom Open It Questions 1. Oct 9 Ministers of the Mystery / Colossians 1:24-2:5. Colossians 1:24-2:5. He himself is the word of God in all its fullness of which Paul previously wrote. The Greek reads ‘To them God has willed to make known’. Paul addresses the cultural pressures and false teaching that is attempting to take the Colossians captive (2:6-23) 5. What could “the hope of glory” mean? Colossians 1:25 to 2:4: Paul now begins to directly address the situation in Colosse where false teaching was unsettling the Christians and trying to entice them away from pure faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ – the one who reveals God. It is this that will result in their being ‘encouraged in heart’. It is not an add-on Jewish thing. Looking at Paul’s reference to mystery in Colossians 1:26-27 and 2:2-3. Nov 6 Interacting Well With Others / Colossians 3:15-4:1. Thinking about what you’ve learned in this lesson, how is Paul “present” with them in spirit though absent from them physically? Paul does not expand this here, but in Ephesians he makes it quite clear that the incorporation of the Gentiles into the people of God was always his plan. About this multi-dimensional glory the Scriptures state: ‘… we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God’ [Romans 5:2]‘… our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us’ [Romans 8:18]‘ … the glorious freedom of the children of God’ [Romans 8:21]‘And we, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ [2Corinthians 3:18, footnote]‘… the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints’ [Ephesians 1:18]‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ [Colossians 3:4]‘… we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ’ [Titus 2:13]. He has heard of the corruption of the word of God being presented by the false teachers, he has heard how it diminished Jesus Christ and diminished the power and impact of the cross of Christ. This consolidates what Paul has already emphasised: everything there is to know about God is known in and through Jesus Christ. Key Verses: 2:2 “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ…” For what did Paul rejoice? I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. ‘Christ in you’ – Paul says a lot about the believer being ‘in Christ’. Colossians 1:24 - Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. According to Acts 9:1-6, who suffers when we suffer? Step #1: Define the terms and issues involved. And taught that this persecution was a cause to rejoice [even as Paul rejoiced - Colossians 1:24]: ‘Matthew 5:11,12: ‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. The Supremacy of Christ – Colossians 1:15-18 This Is the Gospel – Colossians 1:19-23 Working Hard for the Gospel – Colossians 1:24 – 2:5 Living in Christ – Colossians 2:6-10 The Power of the Cross – Colossians 2:11-15 Poor Substitutes – Colossians 2:16-23 Raised with Christ – Colossians 3:1-4 Off with the Old – Colossians 3:5-11 This ignorance and inability is mentioned elsewhere: ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven’ [Matthew 16:17]. Thus it has been said of the two testaments of the Bible: The New is in the Old concealed: the Old is in the New revealed. [Peter also adds that ‘the angels’ also wanted to understand it.]. So, Paul is not saying that we have to suffer to add to what Christ did. 49:6), but that He would dwell in them and deal with them—on the same basis as He did Jews—was new revelation. Rethinking Regeneration (5-Part MP3 Series) It is this mystery, once hidden, but now disclosed, that Paul was commissioned by God to preach in its fullness. Christ himself is the ‘mystery’ of God. Gods Word For You. It is characterised by riches. Q. Colossians 1:24 - Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. Poems & Quotes.  A more precise description of this relation of service, and that, in the first place, with respect to the sufferings which the apostle is now enduring, Colossians 1:24, and then with respect to his important calling generally, Colossians 1:25-29. ὃς (see the critical remarks) ΝῦΝ ΧΑΊΡΩ Κ. Τ. Λ. Paul preached Jesus Christ as the goal, content and meaning of all God’s previous revelation. ‘If our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. But the message of Christ strengthens and encourages. 3:6, KJV), on the same level with Jews, with no middle wall of partition between them (Eph. Now look specifically at verses 1:24-2:5. First of all, it serves as a transition from the letter’s lofty Christocentric introduction to the body of the letter where that heavy Christology is applied to the Colossian problem of a … But He suffered for the redemption of the church; we suffer on other accounts; for we do but slightly taste that cup of afflictions of which Christ first drank deeply. 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