Colossians

Colossians (Kuh-losh´uhnz)

The Letter of Paul to the, one of thirteen letters in the NT attributed to the apostle Paul. It bears remarkable similarities to the Letter to the Ephesians and offers a response to a “philosophy” proclaimed by certain Christian teachers at Colossae (Col 2:8), a teaching that the author views as antithetical to the true gospel.

Outline of Contents

Colossians

I. Epistolary salutation (Col 1:1-2)

II. Thanksgiving for the Colossians’ past and present fidelity (Col 1:3-8)

III. The need for continued fidelity to the gospel (Col 1:9-4:6)

A. The true way of salvation (Col 1:9-3:4)

1. The author’s basic thesis (Col 1:9-12)

2. Supporting reason: God in Christ has accomplished a complete deliverance (Col 1:13-20)

3. Reiteration of the thesis (Col 1:21-23)

4. Supporting reason: Paul’s fidelity in proclaiming the gospel (Col 1:24-2:3)

5. Counterexample: the infidelity of the new teachers (Col 2:4-13)

6. Reiteration of the thesis (Col 3:1-4)

B. The ethical practices that follow from this (Col 3:5-4:6)

IV. Concluding greetings and instructions (Col 4:7-18)

Col 2:8

8See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, ... View more

Col 1:1-2

Salutation
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,2To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: ... View more

Col 1:3-8

Paul Thanks God for the Colossians
3In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,4for we have heard of your faith in Christ J ... View more

Col 1:9-4:6

9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spirit ... View more

Col 1:9-3:4

9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spirit ... View more

Col 1:9-12

9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spirit ... View more

Col 1:13-20

13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.The ... View more

Col 1:21-23

21And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,22he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and ... View more

Col 1:24-2:3

Paul's Interest in the Colossians
24I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ's afflictions f ... View more

Col 2:4-13

4I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments.5For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see you ... View more

Col 3:1-4

The New Life in Christ
1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.2Set your minds ... View more

Col 3:5-4:6

5Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).6On account of these the wrath ... View more

Col 4:7-18

Final Greetings and Benediction
7Tychicus will tell you all the news about me; he is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant in the Lord.8I ... View more

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