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Our Weekly Bible Study begins with us reading the assigned scripture ahead of time and preparing our hearts for study and discussion. When we meet (virtually or in person) we first read the scripture as a group, and then take turns sharing and discussing what impacted us the most, and our general interpretation of what we read.
Making Notes as we go through Bible Study is always encouraged, as it helps to increase our understanding of what we have read, and also allows us to become more comfortable and familiar with the Bible.
To make participation easier and more memorable for our younger children, we will include a link to Storybook Bible images of the readings whenever these are available.
This week’s virtual Bible Study focused on Colossians 1, the first chapter in our new study on the Book of Colossians. After praying and reading through the chapters, we discussed the verses at length, and shared our personal views on what we had read.
Historical Background: Paul had not traveled to Colosse himself, but the brethren had traveled back and forth from there, and it is believed this is how the church was started in that area. Colosse is modern day Turkey.
The theme of this book is relationships, it is also doctrinal and shows the Preeminence of Jesus as the Son of God. It highlights His deity and all-sufficiency.
Verse 1: Paul establishes his authority as an Apostle of Christ by the will of God.
Verse 2: He addresses the saints and the faithful. He extends grace and peace to them; grace and peace go together, where there is one, the other will be also. Grace is extensive. it is all around us. We are delivered from so much; we have been taken out of the darkness and brought into His glorious light.
Verse 3: We should give thanks at every opportunity, and take nothing for granted. We must know how to be thankful with each other before we can truly give thanks to God. “Praying always”- we should always be praying for others, we never know which of our prayers will go up to God as a “sweet-smelling aroma”.
Verses 4-5: Paul speaks of their faith in Christ Jesus and their love for all the saints”- These are both very important. He also speaks of the hope that is laid up in heaven, the hope that we also have in heavenly places. This hope is our helmet.
Verse 6: Paul speaks of the spread of the Gospel. Today, the Word has indeed reached the world, but is it bringing forth fruit? Paul also reminds the brethren at Colosse that the Gospel of Truth had been delivered to them.
Verse 9: It is very important that we pray for ourselves and others to be filled with the knowledge of His will. When we are in His will, even though there may still be challenges, they will be much easier to deal with as we will have the wisdom, knowledge and understanding that the Lord provides to carry us through. We must also seek God before we act to ensure that the actions we are considering are in keeping with His will. Once we are in His will, it will go well for us.
Verse 10: When we have wisdom, knowledge and understanding, we will automatically want to do the things that please Him, and in so doing, will bear fruit.
Verse 11: “Strengthened with all might”- When we are in this relationship where we are in His will, and we are pleasing Him, we will be strengthened with all might.
Verse 13: Grace enters once again- By delivering us from the power of darkness. Darkness has a power that blinds the eyes and tells people to do things that are evil.
Verse 14: We are reminded that we have redemption through His blood.
Verse 15 : He is the image of the invisible God. He is there even though we may not be able to see His face. He is the Alpha and Omega.
Verse 16: All things were created by Him, for Him (for His good pleasure).
Verses 17-18: Here we see divinity. Paul is attempting to correct the error of those who did not recognize the divinity of Jesus. They worship angels, and although they did acknowledge the existence of Jesus, they saw Him only as a prophet.
Verse 20: Jesus is the Son of God and He is divine.
Verse 21: He has done the work to present us holy, blameless and above reproach, if we continue in the faith.
-Persecution comes with a blessing, often when we suffer something painful, it allows us to help someone else.
Verse 24: Paul explains that what he is going through is for the sake of the body.
Verse 25: If we have understanding, we will have joy.
Verse 26: (Ref. Galatians 6:16) “The Israel of God” This is part of the mystery that has been hidden. The Gentiles, even though not Israelites, have become the lost sheep of Israel. Paul now understood that salvation was for the whole world, not just for the Jewish people.
Verse 29: Paul understood these truths, and he laboured on them to make sure that we understood the divine nature of God.
As you read through this week’s Bible passage, ask yourself:
What are MY thoughts on what I am reading?
How can I apply this to MY life?
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