Colossians 1:23-29: Bible Study

When suffering comes, we will be tempted to give up.  Hard times will come.  Our reaction will be a determining factor of how we go through those difficult seasons.  Paul demonstrates what a committed attitude looks like for us. Colossians 1:23-29 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, … Continue reading Colossians 1:23-29: Bible Study

Colossians 1:9-22, Part 2: Bible Study

In the previous blog post, we looked at Colossians 1:9-13.  We will be looking at the remainder of the larger passage in 1:9-22.  In this passage, Paul emphasizes the preeminence of Christ.  Preeminence is the superiority of an individual in comparison to others.  Even more, it advances the idea that this person is “before” others.  What else could be said of Jesus?  He far surpasses all creation … Continue reading Colossians 1:9-22, Part 2: Bible Study

Colossians 1:9-22, Part 1: Bible Study

The following passage of Scripture is lengthy.  To fully observe the passage, I am going to look at it in two parts.  We will look at the first part, verses 9-13, in this post.  In the next post, we will look at verses 14-22.  The entire passage, seen as a whole, is a beautiful Christology.  In the first set of verses look at the salvific … Continue reading Colossians 1:9-22, Part 1: Bible Study

Colossians 1:7-8: Bible Study

Paul always demonstrates gratefulness for those who help in the ministry.   Colossians is no different.  Paul refers to a pastor-like individual named, Epaphras.  His name means, “lovely.”  He was the first to bring the Gospel to the people of Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis (Col. 4:13).  The rest is shrouded in mystery.  For Epaphras, there only remains a few more descriptions of his character. Colossians 1:7-8 … Continue reading Colossians 1:7-8: Bible Study

Colossians 1:1-6: Bible Study

Over the next few days, I will blog through the letter to the Church at Collosae.  Colossians, as we know it, provides a robust Christology to the church.  It was written somewhere between 58-62 A.D.   The apostle, Paul, wrote this letter to a congregation of believers who may have become heavily influenced by heresies concerning the nature of Jesus’ deity and humanity.  Paul also … Continue reading Colossians 1:1-6: Bible Study

Salvation Possible

Today, because of traveling for school, I had the privilege of attending the College Wesleyan Church.  It was a great experience.  While listening to the sermon, I found myself thinking about the surrounding context of the kingdom parable the minister was preaching.  The parable is about the workers of a vineyard who put in different hours, but all receive the same wages (Matt. 20:1-16).  The … Continue reading Salvation Possible