Reflections on Colossians

I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I (try to) post about what I’ve read. Other posts this month are on 1 Kings, Ezekiel, Daniel, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians and 1 Timothy.

Paul hadn’t personally been to Colossae, and the church there had been started by Epaphras, a local who’d probably been converted during Paul’s long stay at Ephesus.

1:1-8

Paul is thankful to God for the Colossians’ faith, love and hope. He describes Epaphras as a ‘beloved fellow servant’ and a ‘faithful minister of Christ’. What an honour!

1:9-14

Paul’s prayer for them (and us!) is to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will.

How? Through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Why? So that we may live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to Him.

With what evidence? Bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.

Through what means? Being strengthened according to His glorious might.

To what end? So as to have great endurance and patience.

Our response? Joyfully giving thanks to the Father.

What for? Because He has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints; He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and has forgiven us. Continue reading

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Reflections on March’s readings (2)

I’m reading through the Bible in a year, and every month I (try to) post about what I’ve read.

Here’s Part 1.

Galatians: I had no notes on Galatians, so I decided to read through the entire book in one sitting and see what emerged. Here, according to me, are the themes Paul touches on: justification by faith; enslavement to the law; being heirs of God’s promise; freedom from sin; freedom to follow the Spirit; caring for each other.

Ephesians: I had no notes on Ephesians, either, so I proceeded as above. Themes: blessings from God through Christ from before the foundation of the world; salvation by God’s grace through faith; contrasting what the Gentiles were before and after Christ; how to live in light of what God has done; how to live with each other.

Also of note in Ephesians are Paul’s prayers in 1;15-23 and 3:14-19. Of all things he could have asked for, he prays for knowledge. Maybe I need to change the content of my prayers…

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