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(Updated June 12, 2024)

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June 16, 2024 – Hearts United in Love
Principle Topic – Colossians

Focus Verses (KJV)- Colossians 2:1-15 KJV

Focus Verses (NLT)- Colossians 2:1-15 NLT

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(The Key Verses -

(In King James Version):

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." Colossians 2:6-7, KJV

(In New Living Translation):

"And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness, Colossians 2:6-7 NLT

 


What shall we learn from this lesson:

In the study of Colossians, we will be introduced to a man named Epaphras who had started (planted) the church at Colossae (also spelled Colosse). He appears to be the pastor of the church. He was very concerned about the wellbeing of his congregation.

It could be that he was having doubts about his ability to keep the congregation pointed in the right direction.

This church was then being attacked by heresy of some type. Heresy is false teachings, ideas, and philosophy contrary to acepted Christian doctrine. Epaphras needed help to solve this problem.

The apostle named Paul might be able to help but he was in a Roman prison at that time so Epaphras went to that prison to ask for his help and advise.

Paul couldn't personally go back with him but he did write a letter giving the congregation his advise. Our lesson today is about that letter that is called Colossians in our Bible.

Here is what advice the letter contained in a nutshell:

  1. Jesus is enough - All that is needed to know is in Jesus.
  2. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers and works through them.
  3. Paul emphasized the deity of Christ and listed several titles of Jesus that highlighted His importance and uniqueness.

The church at Colossae was relatively new and therefore subject to false or misleading teaching. The church at Colossae had its problems with false teachings and Paul's letter to them was meant to help combat this problem.

Colossae was located about 120 miles east East of Ephesus. Paul had never visited the church in Colossae and his letter did not specify particular recipients by name.

Instead, he wrote to "God's holy people in the city of Colossae who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ (Colossians 1:2)."

Therefore it appears he was writing to the whole congregation of believers in Colossae. However, he did ask that his letter be sent on to Laodicea after they read it (Colossians 4:16).

Paul's connection to the church at Colossae was through a co-worker of his ... named Epaphras. Paul gave him credit for bringing the Good News to Colossae. He worked with Paul on behalf of the Colossians (Colossians 1:7).

Paul was most likely prompted to write the letter because of a visit (while he was in prison) from Epaphras who lived in Colossae. It was also Epaphras who had started the church at Laodicea. Through him, Paul learned of the progress of the church in Colossae and also the problem with false teaching that then existed there.

Not often did Paul write a letter to a church which he had not founded and of which he did not know the congregation. But, if we read the introduction segment of the letter (Colossians 1:3-5) we will find language that expresses love and encouragement like they were longtime friends through Jesus Christ.

Between 50 and 65AD Paul was more active in writing letters to young churches to provide guidance and making missionary trips. Much of what he wrote we now call Scripture and is located in the new testament of our Bible.

The city of Colossae was probably the smallest and least important city that Paul had ever written to. The situation there was obviously more important and critical than in some other churches in the region.

Paul was concerned that false teaching might come with fine sounding arguments which would contaminate the pure message of Jesus. Another concern is that the Pagan elements of astrology, and magic would be mixed with scripture and distort who Jesus is.

Paul decided that the best way to attack the problem that the Colossians faced was to educate then on who Christ was so they would be better at recognizing teaching that is out of step with the truth. They need to know what it means to live and believe in Jesus Christ.

Paul tells the Colossians that they have not stopped praying for them since they heard of their church. He has prayed that God will give them complete knowledge of His will and also give them spiritual wisdom and understanding. (Col 1:9 NLT).

If the Colossians could understand who Jesus is and what He means to all of us perhaps the members could recognize false teaching and avoid it.

There was a Jewish influence that was trying to convince the Colossians that they needed to also follow certain Jewish laws and traditions.

There was a Greek influence that was trying to convince the Colossians that Jesus was just one of many Gods (Polytheism). What Paul stressed was that these extra things that some people wanted to add to Christianity was not needed.

Christ is all you need; no supplements required! If you are in Christ, you've received God's fullness and have everything you need for living fully for Him.

Colossians has four chapters. Chapter 1 is about the supremacy of Christ. Chapter 2 is about being rooted in Jesus. Chapters 3 and 4 are about living as followers of Jesus.

Colossians 1:15-20
"15. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,

16. for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.

17. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

18. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.

19. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,

20. and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross."

Colossians 2:7-9

"7. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

8. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

9. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body."

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Rooted means to be firmly fixed and not wavering. What part of us do we want to be rooted? We want our faith to be rooted in Christ.

In Christ, the old has passed away and behold the new has come.

 





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