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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE
COLOSSIANS

Author: Paul the apostle with Timothy the brother (1:1).

Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 64, when the Epistle to Philemon was written (4:9; Philem. 10-12).

Place of Writing: Rome, where Paul was imprisoned (4:3, 10, 18).

Recipients: The saints in Colossae (1:2).


Subject:
Christ -- The All-inclusive One,
Having the First Place in All Things
as the Mystery and Embodiment of God,
as the Head and Constituent of the Church,
as the Allotted Portion, Life, Constituent,
and Hope of the Saints, and
as the Body of All Positive Things

CHAPTER 1

I. Introduction
1:1-8

A. The Apostle's Greeting
vv.1-2


1 1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the 2awill of God, and bTimothy the brother,

2 To the 1asaints in Colossae and faithful brothers in Christ: bGrace to you and peace from God our cFather.


B. The Apostle's Thanksgiving
vv.3-8


3 We give thanks to God, the 1Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always concerning you,

4 Because we have heard of your 1afaith in Christ Jesus and the 1blove which you have unto all the saints

5 Because of the 1ahope 2laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the bword of the 3truth of the gospel,

6 Which has come to you, even as it is also in all the world, bearing fruit and growing, as also in you, since the day you heard and knew the 1agrace of God in 2btruth;

7 Even as you learned from aEpaphras, our beloved fellow slave, who is a faithful 1bminister of Christ on your behalf,

8 Who also has made known to us your alove in the Spirit.


II. The Preeminent and All-inclusive One,
the Centrality and Universality of God
1:9--3:11

A. The Portion of the Saints
1:9-14


9 Therefore we also, since the day we heard of it, do not cease apraying and asking on your behalf that you may be filled with the full knowledge of 1His bwill in all 2spiritual cwisdom and understanding,

10 To 1walk worthily of the Lord to please Him 2in all things, 3bearing fruit in every good work and growing by the full 4knowledge of God,

11 Being aempowered with all 1power, according to the 2bmight of His glory, unto all endurance and long-suffering with joy,

12 Giving thanks to the Father, who has 1qualified you for a share of the 2allotted aportion of the saints in the 3blight;

13 Who 1delivered us out of the authority of 2adarkness and transferred us into the bkingdom of the 3cSon of His love,

14 In whom we have 1aredemption, the 2bforgiveness of sins;


B. The Image of God and the Firstborn
Both in Creation and in Resurrection
1:15-23


15 Who is the 1aimage of the binvisible God, the 2cFirstborn of all creation,

16 Because 1in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether 2thrones or 3alordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created 4bthrough Him and 5unto Him.

17 And He is 1before all things, and all things 2acohere in Him;

18 And He is the aHead of the bBody, the church; He is the cbeginning, the 1dFirstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;

19 For in Him 1all the 2afullness was pleased to dwell

20 And 1through Him to areconcile 2ball things to 3Himself, 4chaving made peace through the dblood of His cross -- 1through Him, whether the ethings on the earth or the things in the 5heavens.

21 And you, though once aalienated and 1benemies in your 2cmind because of your evil works,

22 1He now has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you aholy and without blemish and without reproach before 1Him;

23 If indeed you continue in the 1faith, agrounded and steadfast and not being moved away from the 2bhope of the gospel, which you heard, which was proclaimed in call creation under heaven, of which I Paul became a dminister.


C. The Mystery of God's Economy
1:24-29

24 I now arejoice in my sufferings on your behalf and 1fill up on my part that which is lacking of the bafflictions of Christ in my flesh for His cBody, which is the church;

25 Of 1which I became a 2aminister according to the 3bstewardship of God, which was given to me for you, to 4complete the cword of God,

26 The 1amystery which has been hidden 2from the ages and from the generations but now has been manifested to His saints;

27 To whom God willed to make known what are the 1ariches of the glory of this bmystery among the Gentiles, 2which is 3cChrist 4in you, the dhope of 5eglory,

28 Whom we announce, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man 1afull-grown 2in Christ;

29 For which also I labor, 1astruggling according to His boperation which operates in me in 2power.