The introduction for the book of Colossians found in the HCSB explains that: “Extreme self-denial, the invocation of angels, visionary experiences, and the scrupulous observation of religious rites characterized the practices of a factional group in the Colossian church. In his pastoral concern about this dangerous teaching, the Apostle Paul wrote the church a letter, calling them to a renewed appreciation of their sovereign Lord and Redeemer and urging them to live consistently with the full implications of their relationship to Jesus.”

1:11-14: “May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Clinton Arnold declared that “The cross of Christ is the point of decisive victory over the powers of evil; believers can now be victorious over them through their union with Christ. They will be vanquished once and for all at the end of the age.”

1:16-18: “because by Him everything was created…all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together…so that He might come to have first place in everything.” God has created us so that we may serve for Him by allowing His Spirit to work through us. Why did Paul mention this? We read in 2:2-3: “I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding, and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. In Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.”

3:2, 5, and 8-10: “Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his practices and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of his Creator.” Everything that is found on this earth that we are instructed to put to away to death comes from the fall of Adam (old man). Once we have acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have agreed to “put on the new man.” By growing in our faith, we begin developing to become more like our Creator in Christ. 3:12-14: “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must forgive. Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity.”

3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” A few verses later, we receive a little more specific instruction in 3:23: “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.” Also in 4:2, 5-6: “Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.”

As we continue on with our relationship with Jesus, Paul points out in 4:17 that we should: “Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it.”

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