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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Colossians Chapter 1 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (60 AD)
Overview: The Deity of Jesus Christ and the Church (c 1-4)
Theme: What Christ has Done (c 1-2)
Message: Paul's Prayer for the Colossians Believers (v 1-29)

Colossians 1 Commentary

(1:1-2) Colosse had early been a stopover along the main road from the east on the way to Ephesus. However, under the Roman Empire, the preferred route was through Laodicea, so Colosse declined in importance although it was still a large and busy city. As a trading center it was a crossroads for ideas and religions. Colosse had become the home of many Jews who had fled there when they were forced out of Jerusalem under the persecutions of Antiochus III and IV, almost two hundred years before Christ. The church in Colosse had been founded by Epaphras (1:7), one of Paul’s converts. Although Paul had not yet visited this church, he wanted to write this letter to refute heretical teachings about Christ that were confusing many of the Christians there.

(1: 3-14) Paul made it a habit to pray for the churches—some he had visited, some he had not. He knew that the churches had to withstand difficulties from without and within. Paul wasn’t able to go to the churches, and his letters would take weeks to arrive, but he could pray—regularly and persistently—for the strength and growth of the believers. Never underestimate the power of intercessory prayer. Who prays regularly for you? For whom do you regularly pray?

(1:15-23) Christ is Supreme - In the Colossian church there were several misconceptions about Christ that Paul directly refuted in this section:Believing that matter is evil, false teachers argued that God would not have come to earth as a true human being in bodily form. Paul stated that Christ is the image—the exact likeness—of God and is himself God, and yet he died on the cross as a human being.They believed that God did not create the world because he would not have created evil. Paul proclaimed that Jesus Christ, who was also God in the flesh, participated in the creation of the universe.They said that Christ was not the unique Son of God but rather one of many intermediaries between God and people. Paul explained that Christ existed before anything else and is the firstborn of those resurrected.They refused to see Christ as the source of salvation, insisting that people could find God only through special and secret knowledge. In contrast Paul openly proclaimed the way of salvation to be through Christ alone. Paul continued to bring the argument back to Christ.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Jesus is All We Need

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we start the book of Colossians with Chapter 1 and in our text we see Paul's letter to the Church in Colosse from a Roman jail as he prays for the Church, their work, and his concern for them explaining how Christ is sufficient for all they need. In making application this truth still holds true today. Jesus-Christ is all we need to sustain us in this lost world as He now lives in us and will never leave us or forsake us. This truth should allow us to live above our circumstances, do His will, and erase any fear of the enemy who is a liar. How about you? Do you see that Jesus is all we need? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Paul that Jesus is all we need as He is our salvation, our protector, our provider, our sustainer , and simply our all in all - in Him we can do all things.


Colossians 1

Colossians 1

 1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

 2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 3We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

 4Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

 5For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

 6Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

 7As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

 8Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

 9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

 10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

 11Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

 12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

 13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

 16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

 19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

 20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

 21And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

 22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

 23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

 24Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:

 25Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

 26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

 27To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

 28Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

 29Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily