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Week One - Colossians 1:1-14

Discussion in 'Deeper Fellowship' started by reeann, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. reeann

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    Father God, help us empty our minds of worries, examine our
    hearts for sin, and be focused upon Your Word as the Holy
    Spirit instructs us in Your will. In Jesus name, Amen


    Book Chosen Colossians

    What is the overall theme/purpose of this book?

    Jesus Christ is God; He is the Creator and sustainer of all

    things, the head of the church, the first to be resurrected into

    heaven, fullness of God in the form of man. In a nutshell, Paul is

    telling the Colossians that all we need is Jesus.Col 1:15-22

    Why was this letter/passage written?
    To tell the Colossian church of the adequacy of Christ and to

    guard against deceptive and hollow philosophies. Col 2:8

    What type of literature is this (doctrinal, poetic, historical, etc.)?

    I think this is doctrinal, as this book seems to deal directly with

    the sufficiency of Jesus and is contrast to how other things that

    fall short or are empty of promise.

    Who wrote the book?

    Paul, he identifies himself in Chapter 1:1
    To the Church at Colosse: Chapter 1:2

    THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE FOCUS: Colossians 1:1-14

    1: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and

    Timotheus our brother,
    2: To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at

    Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father

    and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    3: We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus

    Christ, praying always for you,
    4: Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love

    which ye have to all the saints,
    5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye

    heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
    6: Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth

    forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it,

    and knew the grace of God in truth:
    7: As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is

    for you a faithful minister of Christ;
    8: Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
    9: For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not

    cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with

    the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual

    understanding;
    1: That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being

    fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of

    God;
    11: Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,

    unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
    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

    What are the recipients of this letter doing right?

    Their great faith is known. The love for other people, and they

    were proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.

    What are the recipients of this letter doing wrong?

    Nothing mentioned thus far in the focus passages, but Paul

    does pray that the Colossians "live a life worthy of the Lord and

    may please him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work,

    growing in the knowledge of God"

    How can I apply this passage to my life? What similar situations

    do I face

    I’ll be adding to this tonight after my prayer time
     
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  2. reeann

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    ok had to repost, not sure what i did wrong in the initial post :)
    i'll be adding my self-application later. Looking forward to responses and input from others as God has lead them to share.
     
  3. nomad

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    Paul heres about the Colossians faith in Christ and desires them to grow in knowledge and understanding of the Lord so that they may be more fruitful and pleasing in there service to Him.  Paul also talks with the Lord about this so that it may come about by the Lords direction.  The Colossians read what Paul wrote and take him up on it knowing Paul to be a proven man of God.  They come to the understanding that in order to be fruitful they must understand what God wants and learn how to go about it.  In order to do this they must learn to listen to God and apply what God shows them.  They then experience for themselves what God is really like and begin to know Him better.  Paul is not pointing to his own letter to learn about God but to obtain from God more knowledge and wisdom directly.  It is then we become more fruitful and worthy of service to the Lord because we are obeying God we are doing precisely what He wants.  We listen to God, apply what we learn by going and doing it.  The more we listen, the more we learn, the more we go, the more we know, it no longer is belief it becomes knowledge that is unshakable.  Wisdom is gained through experience and experience requires action.  We gain both Knowledge and wisdom by doing what God wants us to do.  The Colossians are no longer relying on Pauls direction but are Relying on Gods direction directly and that is what Paul wants them to do.

    Since God is a Spirit it is obvious that we must learn about spiritual things.  His voice comes from a Spirit and that is what we are to listen to and learn from to gain the wisdom and knowledge.  To know God we need to learn about Him and his nature.  Since His nature is spiritual then all things of him we must accept.  We gain knowledge and wisdom of spiritual things by applying those things of God that are given to us by the Holy Spirit. 

    By applying What God says to us directly and by using what God has given us through His Holy Spirit in the way of special abilities we gain more knowledge and widsom of God and are able to produce more fruit that is pleasing to God for we are doing it like He does it by His direction.  We then know God through that which we do.

    Paul knows that if the Colossians establish and cultivate their knowledge of God directly they will not be swayed by false doctrine or philsophy for they will simply know for themselves who God is.  They will with their knowledge and wisdom gained be able see a false doctrine or philsophy and simply ignore it.  They will not loose the little they may have at that point when Paul writes to them.
     
  4. Doreen

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    Written cAD60-62 by Paul

    Overall theme/purpose is the preemminance and glory of Jesus Christ as God's Son

    It was written to warn against legalism and so that ethical demands and intellectual standards would be properly intergrated into their pattern of Christian living.

    I think it's a doctrinal book and that the main thought of Colossians is the supremecy of Jesus

    Background:  False teachers had been trying to modify the gospel message by challenging the preemminance of Jesus and evcouraging angel worship, etc as well as having faith in Christ.  Col 2:8

    Colossians in general teaches me that in Him is freedom and He wants me to act, talk, etc like Him instead of reacting, etc the wrong way.

    Will be adding more later.
     
  5. reeann

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    I am extremely blessed by Colossians 1:5:6
    Speaking of the Colossians faith in Jesus, and the worth of Truth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ....
    ..."constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth."

    Jesus is always at work in us. When we are obedient and faithful, the gospel of the saving grace of Jesus will bear fruit and increase in our lives...as it has been. Wow. That got me to wondering, and remembering, of how God used me in the past. I remember one day inviting a young tawianese women to the ladies bible study. SHe lived near the church and a women of our church had invited her to attend. I saw her and had invited her to Women's Bible Study. I was inviting everyone then as I was groving in leaps and bounds. Her name was Spring and she is a missionary now in California, and there are talks of her going to the orient. The point is, I was doing the simple task of studying, praying and learning of God's will for my life. Hiding His word in my heart *Psalms 119:11*, and telling all of what I learned. God has placed many others times that; while I was not the one praying and leading people in the sinners pray; that my obedience and trust in His sufficiency did bear fruit. It truly was nothing special on my part EXCEPT my obedience.

    Have any of you been like me? Have you let the the basic trust of sufficiency of "grace of God in truth" . Well the Bible says Jesus has been working a great work in us since the day we heard. satan would love to whisper to us and say.... well... if your such a high and wonderful christian why don't you feel wonderful...why don't you .... why don't you...

    Remember, it was Jesus and Him crucified, nothing more, that obtains us grace.

    Get obedient... whether we feel it or not...God promises His simple message will bear fruit. In doing so, we will walk in a manner worth of God, *increasing* in His knoweldge (v.10); strengthened in according with God's power (v11)

    God has delivered through Jesus from the "domain of darkness"...

    We have been redeemed, Praise Him.

    I'll have more on this tomorrow
     
  6. reeann

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    I cannot stress this enough.  Amen for your posting this.  This is exactly what God is laying on my heart for myself.  I stopped reading, studying and praying.   These three things will help us increase in the Knowledge of God, but its the Holy Spirit the illuminates.  And God will.  Obedience always and daily food from God's word is a great way to start so that the promise of "bear fruit in every good work and increase in the knowledge of God" (v10).

     
     
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    Awesome input.  Amen on the Preeminance and Glory of Jesus, and the Caveat....warning against legalism.  This is so overlooked today.  Its not about how much you do; but how much God did :)
     
  8. nomad

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    This is such a wonderful thing to experience.  The total simplicity of it all.  What works God can do through us when we allow Him.

    Thank you Lord for my teacher.  Please reveal more to her as she studies your word.  Let us recieve from you new incite into your word.
     
  9. nomad

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    This struck a chord.
     
  10. reeann

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    I'll be posting Monday Morning my study in Colossians 1:15-23. I've been enjoying digging into God's word again, and I thank those of you who have posted and others who have encouraged me to trust and obey:)

    These verses coming up talk about Jesus being Supreme God and man and us as sinners being reconciled through Him. It talks of being a servant at one part. It would be nice if someone here, not necessary though, would do a devotional on what is a servant heart.

    Blessing to you all, and may God place a hedge of supreme protection around our troups in the middle east.

    Love

    Reeann
     
  11. Gerry

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    Before you move on, it might be interesting to see how the Church in Colosse came into being. Colosse was located some 100 miles or so from Ephesus. While Paul was preaching in Ephesus there were some visitors from Colosse who heard his preaching and came to know Christ. One of them was a fellow named Philemon. These visitors returned home and a Church was formed. If you read the first 2 verses of Philemon, it would seem to suggest that the services of this Church were held in Philemon's house. Epaphras was the Pastor and possibly the one who founded the Church.

    Though Paul had never visited there, he wrote, as you can see, as though they were one of his. He wrote to emphasize that Christ is the fullness and completeness of God. This because gnosticism had had slipped in with it's false teaching that God did not directly create all that was created. One of the tenets is that God created a creature, who in turn created another, who in return created another until one of these creatures finally created the universe and somewhere in that line Christ was one of these creatures.

    The Gnostics were proud, arrogant and boastful, claiming they had a kind of SUPER knowledge. Thus Paul wrote in verse 9 that he prayed and desired that they be filled with the knowledge of God's will "in all wisdom and spiritual understanding."

    Paul emphasized to them that Christ was the Head of the body of believers that comprised the Church, and that the body was subject to the Head: That while Christian living was the center of the circle, Christ was the all encompassing periphery of that circle. Pauls companion Luke expressed in this way in Acts 17:28: "For in him we live, and move, and have our being;..."
     
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    Remove the head coach, and the team flounders: break the fuel line and the car won't run: unplugged the electrical appliance has no power: without the head, the body dies. Whether for leadership, power, or life, connections are vital!

    Colossians is a book of connections.

    Colossians may be the most Christ-centered book in Scripture everything in it lifts the mind and heart to things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

    The theme of Colossians is particularly clear: The person and work of Jesus Christ is supreme and sufficient for the believer's salvation and sanctification. Paul knew that the best way to refute error is to focus on a clear presentation of the truth, so he wrote this Christ centered epistle to combat false teachings that were begining to take hold in Colosse. 

    Cherylq :pray: :pray:
     
  13. reeann

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    WoW, this is great. Amazing that God directed to me to this book, the basics of the Gospel, Jesus Christ :)

    I found something on Gnostism, i'm gonna post it here. :)

    I appreciate this input it is teaching me alot and is appreciate :)

    Blessings to you all

    Love,
    Reeann
     
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    Here it is :


    Understanding Gnosticism (from The International Inductive Study Bible)

    Much like the church today, many members of the early church were significantly influed by the prevailing philospophy of the day. While some of the New Testament was being written, te church in Asia was being threatened by gnosticism, a philosphy which become the main opponent of the gospel in the early apostolic church.


    Many member of the early church were seeking enlightenment, and were easily deceived by Gnostic teachers and led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. Some had aparently left the church to form their own community, teaching a different gospel from what the apostles had preached. This movement away from the church caused those who remained to question what was true, and thus confusion crept in.

    The term 'gnosticism' comes from te Greek work, gnosis, meaning "knowledge" Gnisticism is a philosphy of which centers on a search for higher knowledge. The Gnostics taught that this knowledge was not intellectual knowledge but a knowledge which the ordinary Christian was incapable of attaining. Once a believer came into possession of this extraordinary knowledge, according to Gnostic thought, he had "salvation."

    -the first major Gnostic doctrine was the supremacy of knowledge. Certain 'pneumatikoi' or "spiritual ones' claimed ot have special knowledge of the truth. Ordinary Christians did not or could not possess this secret of higher knowledge.

    -The second major doctrine of gnosticism was the "separation of spirit and matter." All matter was considered to be evil and the source of evil. The spirit was considered to be good and impervious to defilement by anything the body (matter) did.

    Claiming a so-called higher knowledge beyond that revealed by God in Christ Jesus and through the prophets, gnosticism had its origins in the philosophies of the Greeks and the Romans, in the creeds of Plato and Philo, and in the religions of the East, especially those of Persia and India. As long as Christianity kept its Judaic roots, it was free from these heresies. However, when Christianity spread to Gentile territory, an attempt was made on the part of Eastern philosophical religion to form an alliance with it.

    Many Gnostics allegorized the Old Tesament and did not interpret its teachings literally. They strayed from the veracity of the Word, which would have exposed their erroneous teachings regarding creation, sin, and restoration of all things. They failed ot see how a supreme God, pure in spirit and essentially good, could create a universe of matter which they considered evil.

    When the Gnostics embraced Christianity, they split into factions on the subject of Christ's diety. Two of the major factins taught as follows:

    1. The Docetic Gnostics denied the humanity of Jesus. The word 'docetic' comes from te Greek wod "dokeo", "to seem." According to the Docetists, it was impossible for God, who was spirit and good, to become flesh, which was matter and evil, in the person of Jesus Christ. They believed that Jesus was a phantom; He didn't possess a real flesh-and-blood body. He only seemed to have a body.

    2. The Cerinthian Gnostics (followers of Cerinthus) separated the man Jesus from the aeon, the power of Christ. They believed that when the dove came on Jesus at His baptism, the power of Christ came and rested on the man Jesus. This power then departed before His death on the cross. So it was simply the "man" Jesus who died, not Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.

    These Gnostic heresies denied that God became man and walked this earth in the person of Jesus Christ to bring redemption and salvation to mankind. Having eliminated Jesus Christ as the only way to God, the Gnostics believed they could make their own way to God through their inquiry and knowledge. Faith and one's deeds were viewed as having no significance in salvation or the life of a believer.

    Understanding the basis of gnosticism and the forms of thought that it took in the early days of the Christian church will enable you to better understand te doctrinal heresy which some of the New Testament writers addressed.
     
  15. Gerry

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    Very good Reeann! I am glad you included all this. There is a great deal more and maybe one day it might make an interesting study in itself! I like the way you pointed out that some had left the Church, teaching a "DIFFERENT" gospel that what the Apostles had taught. Does that remind you of another Scripture? Galatians 1:8,9!
     
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