The doctrine of God as found in the book of Colossians
- Col 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus
- Jesus - means Saviour, Jesus came to save man from sin's penalty. He
did so by dying on the cross to provide substitutionary atonement. Therefore
redemption was provided. See V 13 ff.
- Christ - means annointed one, marked out to a specific ministry or
- Jesus Christ - Apostles were assigned to him
- God - Almighty, supreme, eternal, all knowing, all powerful, ever present.
God has a will and exercises it in reference to the human experience.
Col 1:2 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.
- Christ - some may be "in" Him. Those who are are called brethren,
with adjectives of saints and faithful. In this passage they
have a specific location, Colosse.
- God - is described as Father with all the implications of sustinance,
care, protection, etc., implied by this term.
- from references provisions from God, grace and peace.
- The father is a
personal father with the personal pronoun "our". The "our" refers
to the "saints and faithful brethren". These are specific persons
with qualities and values designating them as different from
just anyone. "in" implies a relationship of location.
- and refers to the joint ministry and co-relationship between
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. And could also suggests
- and - Webster - And is a conjunction, connective or conjoining
- Lord - From kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority,
that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful
- Jesus - Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua),
"Jehovah is salvation"
- from 3068 and 3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua),
the Jewish leader: Compare 1954, 3442
- h3068 - from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah,
Jewish national name of God:
- h1954 - from 3467; deliverer; Hoshea, the name of five
- compare h3442 - for 3091; he will save;
Jeshua, the name of ten Israelites, also of a place in
- Christ - 5547 - from 5548; anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet
- 5548 - probably akin to 5530 through the idea of contact;
to smear or rub with oil, i.e. (by implication) to consecrate
to an office or religious service:
- Col 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying
always for you,
- God - One who Paul understands is the appropriate object of extending
- God and Father -
- two names combined with the word and. This makes a descriptive
comparison which extends to the Lord Jesus Christ and indicates relationship
- Col 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and
of the love which ye have to all the saints,
- CP Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:27
- Faith in Christ Jesus indicates an expected response to Christ Jesus
and all its implications.
- Col 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof
ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
- This is listed as a characteristic and application of God because man
cannot lay anything up for someone else in heaven except God.
- The word of the truth carries a hint of personification of God because
of John 1 "the Word became flesh".
- Col 1:6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world;
and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the
heard of it, and
knew the grace
of God in truth:
- God is seen here as the extender of grace
- God operates in the realm of truth.
- Col 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant,
who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
- People minister according to the standard, or calling, or authority
- Col 1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
- Love may be portrayed in many ways, but here it is "in" the Spirit.
This establishes the manner and character of that love.
- Col 1:9 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;
- his will - God has a will, the will is knowable, it is a
will which has a filling nature, it is based upon two characteristics,
all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
- Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being
fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
- The Lord - one who has supreme authority
- your walk is examined by Him
- worthy walk is determined as a standard
- unto all pleasing - is determined as the quality control
- along with being fruitful in every good work
- and increasing in the knowledge of God
- God is knowable and this knowledge has practical usefulness
and has a growing characteristic.
- Col 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,
unto all patience and longsuffering
- his "glorious power "
- This is a reference to the almighty nature of his power.
- This is reference to the spectacular nature of his power.
- all might
- Power is characterized by might
- This quality of might is applied to believers in a strengthening
- The might is not limited -"all".
- Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet
to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
- a continued expression of his power
- Again God is characterized as "Father"
- he is worthy of thanks being given by the faithful
- Father provides benefits to the believer
- in his provision to "make us meet" to be partakers
- of an inheritance
- an inheritance of a special kind "of the saint in light"
- Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated
us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
- a continued expression of his power
- he delivered us from another power "the power of darkness"
- he translated us into the kingdom of
- God has a dominion other than here
- it is a place and has people
- personalized posession "his"
- personalized in quality "dear"
- identified as having a kingdom, implying kingship, authority, position,
ownership, and ? a nurturing nature.
- Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness
- "In whom" refers to His dear Son in verse 13
- Jesus had (has) physical properties - blood
- His blood was the instrument through which redemption was possible.
- The nature of His provided redemption included the forgiveness of sins.
- Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
- "who" refers to His dear son vv 13 and Jesus in v. 2
- Jesus is the image of the invisible God
- image refers to that which someone is able to see.
- Jesus is the firstborn of every creature
Col 1:16 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:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Col 1:18 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.
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to
reconcile all things unto himself; by him,
I say, whether they be things in earth, or
things in heaven.
Col 1:21 And you,
that were sometime alienated
in your mind by wicked
works, yet now hath he reconciled
Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable
and unreproveable in his sight:
Col 1:23 If ye continue
in the faith grounded and
not moved away
from the hope of the
have heard, and
to every creature which is
under heaven; whereof I Paul
Col 1:24 Who now rejoice
in my sufferings for you,
and fill up that which
is behind of the afflictions of Christ in
my flesh for his body's sake, which
is the church:
Col 1:25 Whereof I am made
a minister, according to the dispensation of
God which is given to
me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations,
but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this
mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every
man, and teaching every
man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Col 1:29 Whereunto I also
labour, striving according to his working, which
worketh in me mightily.
Col 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for
them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
Col 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love,
and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement
of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Col 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Col 2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
Col 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit,
joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
Col 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in
Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have
been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after
the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without
hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision
Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through
the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which
was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them
openly, triumphing over them in it.
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect
of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Col 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and
worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen,
vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and
bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the
Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world,
why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
Col 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Col 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and
doctrines of men?
Col 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility,
and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear
with him in glory.
Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which
Col 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the
image of him that created him:
Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of
mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have
a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which
also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching
and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Col 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the
Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Col 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing
unto the Lord.
Col 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Col 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh;
not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto
Col 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Col 3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath
done: and there is no respect of persons.
Col 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing
that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Col 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Col 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of
utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
Col 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may
know how ye ought to answer every man.
Col 4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother,
and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:
Col 4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know
your estate, and comfort your hearts;
Col 4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They
shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
Col 4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son
to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you,
Col 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These
only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort
Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always
labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete
in all the will of God.
Col 4:13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them
that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
Col 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
Col 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church
which is in his house.
Col 4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also
in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from
Col 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast
received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
Col 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be
with you. Amen. <Written from Rome to Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.>