Colossians was written by apostle Paul and Timothy to the people of Colosse.
the Holy Spirit gives us the love for others.
when God gives you complete knowledge of His will, Spiritual knowledge and understanding, the way you live will always honour and please the Lord. you will grow as you learn to Know God better and better.
to have all the patience an endurance you need, you have to be strengthened with God’s glorious power.
for he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear son who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
he has……..(notice the past tense used here)
rescued……(another past tense) this means to save from danger or distress. it also means to sve. to bring away something from a dangerous or harmful situation.
transferred…to move somebody or something from one place to another, to change or move somebody to another group or location or service. it also means to hand over the possession of certain rights to somebody else.
purchased……(another past tense) the process or act of buying something.
freedom………state of not being a prisoner or slave. a special privilege or right of access.
forgave……….(another past tense) to stop feeling angry or resentful towards or about something. to stop blaming or wanting to punish somebody.
sin……………..an act that breaks the religious or moral law.
Christ is the visible image of the Invincible God everything was created through him and for him. he existed before everything created (things we can see, those we can’t, thrones, kingdoms, rulers, authorities in the unseen world. everything was created through him and for him. he is the head of the church which is his body)
through Christ God reconciled everything to himself and made peace with everything by means of christs blood on the cross (including us who were once far away from Him by our evil thoughts and actions.) He reconciled us to himself by the death of Christ in his physical body and as a result, he has brought us into his own presence making us holy and blameless. now, we can stand before him without a single fault. you must know this truth and stand firmly by it. do not drift away from the assurance you recieved when you first heard of the goodnews.
THE SECRET (which has been kept secret for centuries and generations has now been revealed to God’s people because God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ is for gentiles too) Christ lives in me. (us). this gives us assurance of sharing his glory.
we should have complete confidence that we understand God’s mysterious plan which is in Christ himself.
we should understand that in Christ lies all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge. you should know this and latch unto this truth so that no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments or capture you with high sounding nonsense, empty philosophies that come from human thinking and spiritual powers from this world.
as you accepted Christ, let your roots grow down into him, let your lives be built on him, then your faith will grow strong in the truth and you will overflow with thankfulness.
in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. through our union with Christ who rules over every ruler and authourity—we are made complete.
when you came to Christ, you were circumcised spiritually–(the cutting away of your sinful nature). before you met christ, you were dead. spiritually dead. but God made you alive with christ because he forgave all our sins, cancelled the record of charges against us, took them away by nailing it to the cross. by this, God disarmed the spiritual rulers and authourities, shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
Christ is the reality.
you have died with christ and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world.
since you have been raised to this new life, set your sights on the realities of heaven whare Christ seats in the place of honour. think about the things of heaven, set your sights on the realities of Heaven.
your real life is hid with christ in God.
a greedy person is an idolater, worshipping the things of this world. put to death all th sinful and evil things lurking within you. have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust and evil desires. now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behaviour, slander and dirty language. don’t lie to each other.
be renewed as you get to know your creator and be more like him. in this new life, Christ is all that matters and he lives in us. we should clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. clothe yourselves with love which binds us together in harmony. make allowance for each others faults and forgive anyone who offends you. always be thankful. you are called to live in peace. whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus. work willingly at what ever you do as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Children obey your parents. live wisely among those that are not believers, let your conversation be seasoned with salt. let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.