Her life was a mess. A failed marriage, a failing business, a failing hope for the future. My beautiful friend was a wreck and she sought personal peace through meditation. She told me that a “sense” of peace would come over her at times when she practiced her Buddhist tradition, but she said it was always temporary, never lasting. And when she returned to the problems of her life, she had no lasting answers to help her navigate through the mess.
She could only reach fleeting and temporary moments of peace—until she met Jesus.
Her face glows when she shares the transformation that took place in her life when she met Him. Her life hasn’t been easy since her conversion to Christ, but it has been filled with lasting peace. And that’s what she shares with anyone who will listen.
The believers at Colossae were being influenced by “spirit guides” who were devaluing the work of Christ and laying out pagan practices as a means of gaining spiritual security. They were confused and in need of truth. Paul wasted no time in relaying to them life-changing truth that would set them free from the false ideology and demonic oppression they were experiencing.
I hope you’ve joined us in studying Colossians. Yesterday, I gave you some information that provides context for this letter. I hope you’ll look at the previous posts to provide you with some background information on this book but also to read about the approach we’ll be taking in studying this book.
If you’re ready to dig in with me, pull out your Bible and read through Colossians 1 before answering these questions. Spend some time in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to teach you as you study. I hope you used a good commentary or Study Bible to answer the context questions, but put away your study helps for now as you read Colossians 1 and answer the questions using your Bible (without study notes). We’ll pick up the commentaries to check our answers later, but for now—dig it out yourself from the Word!
Look up the Scripture references and answer the questions below.
Digging into Colossians 1 ~
- Compare Colossians 1:1–2 with Romans 1:7; Galatians 1:1–3; Ephesians 1:1–2; and Philippians 1:1–2. What similarities do you see?
- What does Paul reiterate in these greetings about his apostleship? Why do you think he does this?
- Paul stresses an important aspect of intercession in Col. 1:3 that can be easily overlooked when interceding for fellow believers. What repetitive prayer action does he mention? Where does Paul mention this again in this chapter?
- In Col. 1:4–6, Paul mentions that these believers have come to understand the “grace of God in truth.” As we’ve talked about the spiritual challenges these believers were facing, what significance does that phrase hold for these believers? How does this phrase set the tone for the rest of the letter?
- Who is Epaphras (v. 7)? See him mentioned again in Col. 4:12 and Philemon v. 23
Did anything in today’s study encourage you? I’m so thankful for the opportunity to know God more intimately through studying His message to us from this book.
Praying this for you, dear reader:
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 qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Col. 1:11–12)
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