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A Joyful Liberation

 Psalm 30:1 A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.

I will exalt you, LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

2 LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.

3 You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.

4 Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.

5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

6 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”

7 LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.

8 To you, LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:

9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

10 Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help.”

11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.

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Paul Summarizes the Message of His Letter: Colossians 2:6-7

A Short Discussion Guide

Paul Summarizes the Message of His Letter: Colossians 2:6-7

ESV  Colossians 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Paul’s message is “Christ Jesus the Lord.”

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

 

  1. Verse 6: Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,

 

For Discussion:

  • What was the gospel that the Colossians received? (What does Christ’s Lordship include?) Look back in Chapter 1.
  • Think about Paul’s command to “walk in him.” How does the image of someone walking describe our life of faith?
  • Do we walk alone? Who is with us?
  • Can you paraphrase (say in your own words) verse 6? 
  1. Verse 7: rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

 

For Discussion:

  • What are the four images Paul uses in verse 7?
  1. ___________________________
  2. ___________________________
  3. ___________________________
  4. ___________________________

Think about these images one at a time. How does each image illustrate our relationship with Christ and our walk of faith?

 

A Fuller Leader’s Guide

ESV  Colossians 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Paul’s message is “Christ Jesus the Lord.”

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

 

I. Verse 6: Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,

A. as you received

  • Thayer: to receive something transmitted, such as a narrative or instruction by teachers (Thayer)
  • Paraphrase: The teaching you received from Epaphras (Colossians 1:5-7) is good, true, and complete. Stick with that.

B. “Christ Jesus the Lord

  • Why do you think Paul added “the Lord” to “Christ Jesus”? What does Lord signify? What is the impact of this word?
    • Christ IS Lord. He is the Lion of Judah (Psalm 29:9; Revelation 5:5)
    • Order, rank, supremacy, deity above all else (Philippians 2:5-11)
    • There is one Lord (1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:4-5)
    • Naming Christ Lord establishes our relationship to him as servant (slave) to master.
      • This is not a bad thing–it is 1) reality, and 2) worshipful
      • Paul, arguably one of the “greatest” Christians of all time, said this about his own relationship to Christ: (Romans 1:1; Titus 1:1)
      • Being a servant to Christ does not exclude our being his 1) friend (John 15:14-15 How does v. 15 cast light on the apparent contradiction in v. 14?) and 2) sibling (Mark 3:34; John 20:17; Hebrews 2:11).
    • When we receive Christ the Lord, we have an obligation as servant to obey him.
    • Paul establishes Christ as superior to all other spiritual beings whom the false teachers might claim the Colossians need.

C. In this verse, what does Paul mean by saying “so walk in him”?

  • Translation comparison: 1) MESSAGE You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. 2) MOUNCE So then, just as you received · Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 3) NET Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 4) NIV So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,
  • What connotations (associated meanings) does the word walk bring to our minds?
    • movement
    • movement forward
      • progressive
      • sustained
      • orderly
    • not running; not hurky-jerky, not sprinting
    • implies a destination, a goal, a purpose, a definite period of time
      • not meandering, nor wandering, nor strolling
    • implies a steady speed over time
    • good for a long distance
  • Therefore, walk in him is a commandment
    • implying that we have control over our movement, that we are making a choice, that living out our faith is neither passive nor forced;
    • We are under our own volition.
    • Yet, we are being commanded–so walking is something we need to do and should do.
    • The commandment implies a leader–the one who gives the command–Paul, and behind Paul, Christ.
  • The above is how we are to move in Christ, how we are to live out our lives in him.

Definition of walk: to move by foot by our own energy at a comfortable, sustainable pace in a directed or guided motion towards a destination or goal or for an established length of time.

  • BTW: We are NOT alone!
    • Hebrews 13:5c …for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    • ESV  John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
    • Helper in Greek is “paraclete” παρακλητος:  “one called alongside to help; (1) as a legal technical term, as one who appears in another’s behalf advocate, defender, intercessor (1J 2.1); (2) as one who gives protection, help, and security helper, comforter, counselor ( JN 14.16) (Friberg).

So we have God with us–the Helper, the One who walks alongside us and in us, the Holy Spirit–to sustain, guide, and direct us in our walk in Christ.

D. Paraphrase (in other words): Keep on keeping on in Christ alone, just as you were taught from the beginning by Epaphras, your faithful pastor and teacher.

II. Verse 7: rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

A. Paul mixes his metaphors! (Since we know that Paul was a highly educated man, we can conclude that literary style differed then from now.)

1. Rooted in Christ

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  • If we are like roots, then Christ is the soil.
  • Roots are organic, alive, growing.
  • Roots are the part of a plant that is beneath the ground; therefore, outwardly invisible. Christ nourishes and sustains us from within.
  • Roots are the means by which a plant is nourished from the soil.
  • Roots cling to the soil and are all but inseparable from it.
  • Roots and soil, therefore, provide the nourishment, stability, support, and growth of a plant.

2. Built up in Christ

  • “Built up” implies that we are like a structure whose foundation and framework is faith.
  • The structure is increasing in size.
  • A structure passively increases under the hands of a builder–God is ultimately in control of who we become in Christ–and we participate as living stones (1 Peter 2:5).
  • A structure is that which is above the foundation–it is visible from the outside.
  • A structure built in Christ is solid, strong.

3. Established in the Faith

  • confirmed
  • made sure
  • strengthened
  • established
  • tested, tried, and proven, as a secure legal document (the building inspection is passed! and the building is now ready to be used for its intended purpose)

4. Abounding (overflowing) in Thanksgiving

  • overflowing with thanksgiving like a full cup of wine (Wright, 104)

B. Why do you suppose thanksgiving is central to and characteristic of life in Christ?

  • Continuing Paul’s metaphors, thanksgiving might be thought of as…
    • the fertilizer and nutrients in the soil
    • the rebar that runs through and strengthens a structure
    • the official “seal of approval” on a legal document
  • Functions of thanksgiving
    • acknowledges that a blessing has been received
    • opens a door for further blessings
    • focuses our eyes on the giver of the blessings–Father God and the Lord Jesus Christ
    • increases our awareness of blessings
    • places us as debtors to the One who gives
    • feeds joy
    • places trials and hardships in perspective
    • lightens our load
    • completes the circle of grace
    • unites us with the body of Christ–other believing Christians
  • When and how did you learn about thanksgiving in your Christian walk?

III. Verse 6 is Paul’s commandment; Verse 7 provides a “floor plan” of verse 6.

 

Red and Yellow: Theme of Morning Walk

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The New Reality = Change: Old and New Contrasted in Colossians

Colossians 2:6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him

Colossians Contrasts the Old and New in Christ

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Old (Before Christ)

New (Since Christ)

1:13  authority of darkness

1:13  kingdom of the Son–Love

1:21  estranged, hostile in mind,

doing evil deeds

1:22  reconciled, holy, blameless, irreproachable

1:23  living by faith

1:26  mystery hidden for ages and generations

1:26  the mystery now made open, manifest

 1:27 the mystery is Christ in you, the hope of glory

2:8  philosophy, empty deceit, human tradition, elemental spirits of the world

2:8  Christ

2:9 fulness of deity in a human body

2:10  fulness [of life (RSV)], completion (nothing missing)

2:11  [not circumcised] [living in the body of the flesh]

2:11  circumcised [in heart]; body of flesh put off

2:12  [dead] buried in baptism

2:12  raised from the dead

2:13 dead in trespasses and uncircumcision

2:13  alive with Christ, forgiven

2:14  a bond existed against us with legal demands

2:14  released from debt

2:15  [we lived defeated by] principalities and powers

2:15  principalities now disarmed; believers triumph over them

2:16-17 living in the shadows, where food, drink, festivals, new moon, and Sabbath observances judged essential

2:17 living in substance, which belongs to Christ

2:20 alive to the elemental spirits of the world and submission to regulations based on human commands and teachings

2:20 dead to those with Christ

3:1 not raised, subject to death

3:1 raised with Christ and seated at the right hand of God

3:2 minds set on things on earth

3:2 ability to set mind on things above

3:3 alive to self alone

3:3 dead to self and one’s life hidden with Christ in God

3:4 “with Christ” includes his future glory

3:5-9 walking and living in behaviors that require God’s wrath: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, covetousness, anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene talk, lying

3:9, 12-23 have put off the old nature and put on the new; being renewed in knowledge after the image of God, practicing: compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, love, peace, thanksgiving, and many more

3:11 divisions among classes of people

3:11 Christ all and in all—therefore, no classes and distinctions among people

3:25 living under the threat of punishment

3:24 living with knowledge of the future reward of inheritance

4:1-6 more new behaviors

Old vs New Scriptures

1. Given by Christ

shrunken cloth vs unshrunk: Mark 2:21

old wine/new wine: Mark 2:22

old wine/new wine: Matthew 9:17

taste of old wine/new wine: Luke 5:39

2. Given by Paul

law vs Spirit: Romans 7:6

leaven vs unleavened: 1 Corinthians 5:7

old vs new creation: 2 Corinthians 5:17

3. Given by the Writer to the Hebrews

old vs new covenants: Hebrews 8:6

 

 

For Further Reflection: Think of the many Gospel stories you know. Can you find elements of changed lives in each one?

Colossians: Short Review Before Moving On

Why read and carefully study this letter?

Staying Focused on the Word of God Gives Us a Right Heart

  • the Bible tells us why we have trials
  • the Bible commands and encourages not to give upWord_Whole
  • the Bible animates us to not lose hope and confidence
  • the Bible aligns us to something greater than ourselves and our life situations–namely, God
  • God’s Word gives us strength to stand
  • God’s Word gives us freedom to walk
  • will trials rule me? Or, as I cling to his Word and draw near to him, will his Spirit of life direct my steps?
  • God’s truth makes me whole

This is a letter approved and sent by Christ through his servant Paul to be interpreted in a church setting by the Holy Spirit. Conditions for attentively reading this letter still exist today.

Recap

Although Paul at some point may have traveled through Colosse as the route of a journey further west (Hendriksen, 8-9), it is all but certain that he did not “meet and greet” many of the soon-to-become Christians there (Colossians 2:1). Epaphras did the evangelizing of the folk in his hometown (Colossians 1:7; 4:12), having apparently been discipled by Paul.

In view of the fact that Paul had not founded the church at Colosse, nor even met its people, but had heard about them, most likely from Epaphras, he lays a carefully diplomatic and lengthy foundational introduction before he launches into the meat of his practical exhortation to them. Both the foundation and exhortation center upon consideration of Christ’s centrality and all-sufficiency for each and every Christian and for the church as a body.

Outline

I. As a Letter

  • From (1:1)
  • To (1:2a)
  • Greeting (1:2b)
  • Prayer (1:3-12a)
  • Body (1:3-4:6)
  • Closing and Farewell (4:7-18)

II. As a Carefully Aimed Arrow

A. Introductory Remarks: Laying a Good Foundation to Support the Exhortation (1:3-2:5)

  • Prayer for the Colossians (1:3-12a)
  • The Father’s Role in the Colossians’ Salvation (1:12b-13)
  • The Son’s Role in the Universe and in Salvation (1:14-23a)
  • Paul’s Role (1:23b-2:5)
    • for the gospel (1:23b)
    • for the church (1:24-29)
    • for the growth of the Colossians and Laodiceans (2:1-5)

All of the above includes only positive statements in the sense that Paul gives no hint of any lack among the Colossians nor of exhortation of any kind, except for mentioning in 1:23 the general requirement that Christians must continue in the faith in order to receive the blessings of being in Christ.

Application: Do I use Paul’s techniques in my own correspondence, including email and text messages?

B. Paul’s Exhortation (2:6-4:6)

  • Paul threads his theology of Christ into his exhortation
  • Paul’s theology of Christ is the foundation for his exhortation

C. Closing and Farewell (4:7-18)

Scriptural Highlight: Christ Is All in All

NIV  Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

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