Jesus Through the Word: Colossians

Week Forty Seven: Colossians

Outline

Christ Reigns Supreme (1)

Alive Together With Christ (2)

New Life in Christ (3)

Declaring the Mystery of Christ (4)


Themes

Preeminence of Christ

Image of Invisible God (1:15)

Firstborn of Creation (1:15)

Maker of All Things (1:16)

Center of All Things (1:16)

Sustainer of All things (1:17)

Head of the Church (1:18)

The Arche (1:18)

First Fruits (1:18)

The Fullness of God (1:19)

Reconciliation (1:20-22)

The Mystery of God (1:26-27; 4:3)

The Disarmer (2:13-15)

The Substance (2:17)

Above (3:1)

Our Life and Glory (3:4)

Our Peace (3:15)

Our Master in Heaven (4:1)


False Obedience

Philosophy and Empty Deceit (2:8)

Food and Drink, Festivals, New Moons, and Sabbaths (2:16)

Asceticism…

Worship of Angels…

Visions (2:18)

Do not… 2:21-22)

True Obedience

Walk in Him (2:6)

Hold fast to the Head (2:19)

Seek (3:1)

Set (3:2)

Put to Death (3:5ff)

Put on… (3:12ff)

Let Peace Rule (3:15)

Let the Word Dwell (3:16)

Give Thanks (3:17)

Walk in Wisdom (4:5-6)


Prayer

Always Thank God (1:3)

Not Ceased to Pray (1:9)

Steadfast in Prayer (4:2)

Pray For Us (4:3)

Who is Jesus?

Image of Invisible God (1:15)

Firstborn of Creation (1:15)

Maker of All Things (1:16)

Center of All Things (1:16)

Sustainer of All things (1:17)

Head of the Church (1:18)

The Arche (1:18)

First Fruits (1:18)

The Fullness of God (1:19)

Reconciliation (1:20-22)

The Mystery of God (1:26-27; 4:3)

The Disarmer (2:13-15)

The Substance (2:17)

Above (3:1)

Our Life and Glory (3:4)

Our Peace (3:15)

Our Master in Heaven (4:1)

What is this book about?

Paul, in encouraging the Colossians to beware of the gnostic teachers preaching a special knowledge, identifies the false teachings, and clarifies what the Christian life is all about in contrast.

How does it point to Jesus?

Jesus is the contrast — He is the mystery and the knowledge of God revealed, the Ruler of all rulers, the One for whom and by whom all things were made. He is our life and glory, our freedom and joy.


Joe Carlson