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Colossians

Colossians Chapter 1: Understanding Jesus and His Sufferings

Nov 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Colossians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

The great danger to the churches in Asia Minor was the Eastern philosophy, part of which was the thought that Jesus was like a phantom—that he did not really die but only appeared to do so. Our redemption is not merely because Jesus was a way-shower (one who showed the way), but because he was the Redeemer in a much more realistic sense. Blood was involved. The false philosophy claimed Jesus was all spirit, not human, and that he only appeared to suffer but did not actually do so.

The philosophy gained strength that those Christians who repented for sins and suffered disease, violence, and death through persecution were not living up to their privileges. They were regarded as lesser Christians, not God’s elite. Feeling that the elite class lived above the sufferings, followers of this philosophy did not see the need for suffering and humility. They wanted all the honors, emoluments, and prestige—the future honors of the reign—without any of the suffering. Over and over Paul tried to show that his role as an apostle was made valid by his sufferings. What he suffered was a mark of his apostleship, not the reverse. Those with the wrong thinking argued that if he were an apostle, he would not suffer. By extension, then, they reasoned that Jesus could not have really suffered or died. This erroneous philosophy made tremendous inroads into the Church as time went on.

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Colossians Chapter 2: Warning about False Doctrines

Nov 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Colossians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

In his Epistle to the Colossians, Paul was emphasizing the importance of Jesus’ role in his ministry of 3 1/2 years while here on earth in the flesh (Col. 1:19-22; 2:9). Paul talked of the risen Lord on other occasions, but his words here were particularly slanted to rebut the erroneous philosophy he anticipated would intrude into the class at Colosse. Some said that Jesus was only a messenger of truth and not the representative of God. They said he did not really suffer or die on the Cross, that his death was only a pretense. Proponents of this heresy looked down on those who were persecuted and/or poor temporally. Suffering for Christ and for righteousness’ sake was not seen as an evidence of faithfulness. In an effort to combat this error, Paul had to state that all of his sufferings and persecutions were marks of his apostleship.

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Colossians Chapter 3: Forsaking the Works of the Flesh by Living for Christ

Nov 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Colossians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Verse 7 refers back to verse 5. Prior to consecration, we walked in gross sins like fornication, inordinate affection, and covetousness. Verse 8 lists less gross, though nonetheless dangerous, sins the new creature is to put off. If practiced, these sins can also keep one from getting life.

The gross behavior of verse 5 is more easily recognized, whereas the sins of verse 8 are usually not as apparent, for they are only occasionally manifest. However, all of the sins in verse 8 are dangerous and could be outward manifestations of grosser sins (verse 5) being secretly indulged in. Statements from the mouth are not hidden from the Church. In summary, verse 5 lists deeds of a wrong lifestyle. Verse 8 lists sins of the mouth that seem to be less important but are actually symptomatic of a serious condition.

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Colossians Chapter 4: Some Advice and Brethren

Nov 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Colossians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Employees should be given their due. Not only should promotions be deserved, but conversely, reprimands, punishments, and demotions should be administered as deserved and not in excess of what is merited. For example, the jailer observed that Joseph was beneficial not only to himself but also to the other prisoners, and favored him accordingly (Gen. 39:21-23).

Knowing that they have a “Master in heaven” should keep the employer and the slave owner from getting heady with power and authority. All have to answer to Jesus sooner or later. Paul used the same tactic with husbands and wives. The husband is the head of the wife, but Christ is the Head of the husband. As bondservants or slaves of Christ, we should keep the proper perspective.

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