Colossians 4 Bible Study

Colossians 4 Outline

 

– Spreading the gospel (Colossians 4:1-6)

– Paul makes his final greetings (Colossians 4:7-18)

                                                                                                                                  
Colossians 4 Bible Study

In Colossians 4:1, Paul asks the slave owners to treat the slaves justly according to the agreed wages in the contract. Slave owners should give their slaves better treatment, treating them nicely as a person and not slave.

In Colossians 4:2-4, we should be persistent and never give up in our prayer. We should always spend time pray for missionaries, pastors, church workers and etc so that they can concentrate and do the work of Christ without hindrances from the devil. Whenever you are with a non-believer, you should grab the opportunity to talk about Jesus to him. It is important that you use the right word so that they can be persuaded to accept Jesus. We must be friendly when preaching the gospel in order to be effective. We must preach the gospel in a way that the listener can understand. You must be clear about the message of salvation before you can talk it to others. If you aren’t clear about it, your listener will get confused as well.

In Colossians 4:5-15, Paul is sending Tychichus and Onesimus to the Colossians to report about the good things that the Lord has done for him there. Aristarchus, Mark and Justus also sent their greetings with Paul. Epaphras, another follower of Christ, also sent his greetings to the church of Colossae. Luke, a doctor, also sent his greeting to the Colossians. Finally, Paul sent his greetings to the followers at Laodicea including Nymphia and her church. Nymphia used her home as a church.

Colossians 3 Bible Study

Colossians 3 Outline

 

– Being risen to life in Christ (Colossians 3:1-17)

– Christian living rules (Colossians 3:18-25)

Colossians 3 Bible Study

In Colossians 3:1’“4, Paul asks the Colossians to set their mind on heavenly things instead of earthly things. Christians should always think of things that please God. Every evil thought that is not of God should be eliminated from your mind once and for all. The best way to get rid of evil thought is to replace it with good thoughts. To have good thoughts, you must concentrate on the heavenly things. When you only have good thoughts in your mind, the devil has no way in taking away your happiness. Not all earthly things are evil. For example, money is good but if you put money first in your life, having money can lead you away from God.

In Colossians 3:5’“9, as Christians, we should no longer obey the desires of our bodies. Every false desire that is not what God want in our lives should be eliminated. Paul rebuked all kinds of sins including sexual immorality, lustful thoughts, greed, revengeful, evil, hateful, insult people, and lying. Sexual immorality refers to all kinds of sexual sins including homosexuality, fornication, and lustful desire. Homosexuality means sex or marriage with people of the same sex. Fornication is having sexual intercourse with other people without getting married. All sorts of evil thoughts and evil deeds should be eliminated from your life. Every Christian has the choice to follow either the world or Jesus. God doesn’t tolerate people who disobey him. Even if you commit one sin, you will be condemned in hell.

In Colossians 3:10’“11, if you truly repent and change your old habits for Jesus, you will now be a new person. It is just like taking off dirty clothes and putting on a completely clean set of clothing. When you are a changed person in Christ, you will be eager to learn the word of God and obey his commandments. Christ died for the sins of the whole world, not just the Jews. Therefore, no matter if you are a Jew or not, it is all the same to God. Christ treats us all the same, regardless of your race, ethnicity, and skin color. Once you have accepted Jesus, he will live in come into your life and be your God.

In Colossians 3:12’“14, you came to believe in Jesus because God chose you (John 6:37). Christians should show good qualities such as humble, meekness, patient, kind and gentle. When someone offends you, you must not hate him or want to take revenge. We should forgive people no matter how they have offended us. Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Showing love to others in your life is one way to manifest yourself as Christian.

In Colossians 3:15’“17, every Christian represents a bodily member of Christ. Christ is the head of the church and the church is the body of Christ. We must overcome every evil thought with godly thought. In this way, the peace of Christ will control your mind. No matter what circumstance you are in, you must be grateful. You can sing hymns and spiritual songs to express your gratitude to God. Everything you do should be for Jesus so that you can glorify his name.

In Colossians 3:18’“25, it is the duty of every Christian wife to put her husband in priority. Husbands must respect their wives and not abuse her. Children must listen to their parents and do what they say. Parents should not give their children too much requirements because this can discourage them. Servant should be obedient to their masters and do their work without fretting, just like they are serving Jesus.

Colossians 2 Bible Study

 

Colossians 2 Outline

 

– Paul use his sufferings as a role model for the church of Laodicea (Colossians 2:1-5)

– Building your foundation in Christ (Colossians 1:6-19)

– Jesus brings life (Colossians 1:20-23)

 

 

Colossians 2 Bible Study   

                                                                                                      

In Colossians 2:1-5, Paul was glad to suffer for the gospel for the people at Laodicea. Laodicea is a city located about 10 miles west of Colossae. It was located on the Lycus River bank in the territory of Turkey. During the Roman era, Laodicea was a wealthy city. The Laodicean church is known for their lukewarm attitude towards God (Revelation 3:15-16).

Paul believed that his sufferings will make him a role model to other followers and encourage them. When they see his sufferings, they will be more enthusiastic about Christ. Christians that are discouraged leave a door way for the devil to attack them. Enthusiasm will encourage the believers to unite in love. Although being enthusiastic for the Lord and uniting in Christ are important, having God’s wisdom about God’s truth is equally important. It is important that a Christian has full understanding of his salvation and God’s character. When you have complete understanding in your salvation, you will have more confidence in God. The three God’s mysteries are the church as Christ’s body, hope of glory, and wisdom and knowledge of Jesus. Paul is telling them this because he does not want them to be deceived by fancy talk.

In Colossians 2:6-7, Paul asks the Colossians to start building their foundation in Christ since they have accepted Jesus. Their duty now is to grow and mature in Christ.

In Colossians 2:8, Paul warned them not to give in to persuasive arguments which can lead them away from Christ. False teachers always have smart ways in persuading people to accept their teachings. Having the wisdom of God allows you to discern false teachings.

In Colossians 2:9-13, Jesus set us free from all kinds of sins such as selfish desires. The way Jesus cleanse our sins is the same as the physical circumcision of the foreskin. Baptism involves dipping into the water for a short period. It suggests that your sins are cleansed because of the presence of water. Death and resurrection are also symbolized in baptism. When you are baptized, you have to dip your head into the water. This means that you old self die and your sins are nailed to the cross along with Jesus. When you come up from the water, it is a symbol that you are a new creation in Jesus. Before you get baptized, you must understand fully about your salvation. If you don’t understand about your salvation, baptism will only be a ceremony to you. Baptism is a requirement to get saved. Once you have confessed and believe that Jesus is your savior, you must get baptized so that your name can be recorded in the Book of Life. Jesus said that he did not come for those that are healthy but those that are sick. Jesus came to call the sinners to repentance. Once you are alive in Christ, your sins are completely forgiven (Mark 2:17). Once Jesus had forgiven our sins, we will be alive in him. When you are a sinner, you are dead in your sins. Sins are things you do that violate against God’s law. Only Jesus can forgive your sins and make you alive. Without Jesus, we can never inherit eternal life and get to heaven

In Colossians 2:14-19, Jesus’ crucifixion prevents us from getting punished when we disobey the Law of Moses. Jesus had defeated all kinds of curses, sicknesses, and evil powers by dying on the cross. Paul warned the Colossians not to listen to the false teachers who asked them to observe festivals in the Law of Moses such as New Moon Festival. We should not simply believe anyone who acts humble, like he is a good person. In addition, we should also not simply believe in vision. Vision can be from God or the devil so it doesn’t mean that people who see visions belonged to God. They can be false prophets, used by Satan as a vessel to lead you away from Christ. Christ is the head of the body. The church is Christ body. Christ is the source of strength for the followers. We are the members of Christ’s body such as hands, legs and etc.

In Colossians 2:20-23, Paul asks the Colossians to stop obeying the rules in the Law of Moses. In the Law Moses, God forbid the Israelites to do a lot of things. Since Christ had nailed the Law of Moses to cross, there is no need to obey the rules anymore. It only makes them appear outwardly humble when they follow the Law of Moses. The Judaism religion is based on the work of men to reach God while Christianity is God reaching down to mankind through love in Christ.

Colossians 1 Bible Study

 

Colossians 1 Outline

 

– Paul greets the Colossians church (Colossians 1:1 ‘“ 2)

– Paul always thank God for the Colossians faith (Colossians 1:3-8)

– Jesus rescue us from eternal doom (Colossians 1:9 ‘“ 23)

– Paul is happy to suffer for the gospel (Colossians 1:24-29)

 

Colossians 1 Bible Study

 

In Colossians 1:1 ‘“ 2, Paul sends his greeting and Timothy’s greeting to the church of Colossians. Timothy was a Greek, who worked alongside with Paul in the gospel ministry. Paul became a follower after he had seen a bright light from heaven while he was on the road to Damascus to persecute the Christian. As usual, Paul saluted the followers at the church of Colossae with the standard greeting by wishing them grace and peace from God.

 

In Colossians 1:3 ‘“ 8, Paul thanked God every time he prayed for the Colossians. When Paul was conducting his missionary, he started several churches. He often prayed for the churches he established. Paul have heard about how the faith of the Colossians Christians and how they show love to others. The Colossians are warm Christians just like when they first received the gospels. They are in for the rewards in heaven because of their faith and love in Christ. Paul said that the good news about Jesus is spreading at a fast pace around the world and in the same manner among the Colossians after Epaphras preached to them. Epaphras was a Colossian that preached the gospel to the people in the Colossae. He had started a church in Colossae. When Paul was a prisoner at Rome for 2 years, Epaphras came to visit him. Epaphras told Paul about the good things that have taken place at the church in Colossae. Epaphras is the pastor at the Colossian church. The Colossians not only understand the word of God but they also take action. Real Christian followers will unite in the spirit. They will show love for others and treat them like brothers and sisters.

 

In Colossians 1:9 ‘“ 14, Paul constantly prayed for the Colossians ever since he first heard about them. Christians have the duty to pray for each other. Paul was concerned about the spiritual growth of the Colossians. He wanted them to have the wisdom of God in handling all matters. Having the wisdom of God allows you to lead a lifestyle that honor God. When you have the wisdom of God, you will know God’s will in your life. God is faithful. He had promised to rescue us from the clutch of Satan so that we can enter into his kingdom.

 

In Colossians 1:15 ‘“ 20, Christ and the Father God are one. Christ is unseen, although he has a flesh body. He is both man and God. He was the only son of God. Before this universe existed, Christ already existed. Everything on this earth is created by and for Christ. The rulers and authorities in this world are determined by God. Through God’s son, everything on earth will be held together. The church is portrayed as the body of Christ. The believers are the different members of Christ’s body. Every single believer is important, just like a body needs every member and organ to functions properly. Jesus was the first one to be resurrected from the dead. In the end time, Christian followers will be raised from the dead in their graves. The Father God dwells in the son and the son dwells in the Father God. Through the blood that Jesus shed on the cross, every sinner on earth or heaven will reconcile to God.

 

In Colossians 1:21 ‘“ 23, before the Colossians accepted Christ, their mind are filled with thoughts that are not of God. Christ came to the earth and die for our sins on the cross so that we can reconcile with God. Through believing in Christ, we become righteous people that can stand before God blamelessly. Paul asked the Colossians to never lose faith in Jesus and give up the hope they first received when the gospel was preached to them. If they lose hope, all the blessings that they had will be gone.

 

In Colossians 1:24 ‘“ 29, Paul was glad that he can suffer for preaching the gospel. He was glad that God used him to teach and strengthen other Christians. Paul was chosen by God to preach the gospel to his people. Paul’s mission is to help people see that Jesus Christ is the savior. Many people don’t understand the salvation that Jesus Christ offers. Every soul has the free will to obey or disobey God. Most of us will hear about the gospel at least once in our lifetime. If you reject Jesus when the gospel is preached to you, you will end up in hell. Christ lives in every believer. He is the ground of your hope so you must hold on to him tightly. Mature Christians should teach the younger Christians about God’s word and rebuked those that sin against God so that everyone will be made perfect in Christ.