Introduction of Colossians

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Introduction of Colossians
Colossians 1
Colossians 2
Colossians 3
Colossians 4

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I. The Bible: The Truth, God's Word

Sometimes we do not like the truth, but truth is a reliable thing you can rely on. The Holy Bible is the book of truth because God is truth. If we are reading the Bible, we are reading the Book of Truth.

The problem is that sometimes people believe in different things. How do we know which one is truth?

If you want to know the truth, to know about God, go to the Bible. It begins and ends with truth. It says about God, his work, and His Son - Jesus Christ. The bible is addressed to us.

How do we know that it is truth? How can we rely on it?

To know the bible is a process. It is complex and takes time to learn and study. It will speak for itself. If we read the bible, we will see that it is relevant to our lives.

God is the author of the bible. He wrote it through men. God called them to write specific books, which were collected together and called The Holy Bible.

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2Timothy 3:16 NKJV)

The bible is God-breathed. He breathed it out. All scriptures are God-breathed, not by man.

The bible has a purpose. It is story about God redeeming man. From the beginning to the very end, the story has not changed. From Genesis chapter 3 to Revelation is the story about redemption. The seed of Woman would beat the head of Satan. The stories in the Old Testament are also the shadow of what would be fulfilled in the New Testament. One example is about the kinsman-redeemer in the book of Ruth. Boaz, who was Ruth's kinsman-redeemer, was just like Christ. Jesus Christ is our Kinsman-Redeemer.

In the New Testament, Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament. He came to fulfill the law. Not to condemn or judge, but to redeem.

The bible is about the God and His Son. He wants to redeem us, and we are the objects. It is about His characters and attributes.

God reveals Himself in different ways: from nature, from the creations, from circumstances of life, and, specifically, from the Bible. That is how we know about truth. That is why we learn the bible.

Jesus is the perfect reflection of God. This is how we know God as well. He is the perfect representation of God.

The bible is without error or contradiction. It is written by 40 men, over 1,500 years, but no contradiction.

"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" (Number 23:19 NKJV)

God is God, and not a man. He has not changed His Mind. He does not retract or erase what he has said. He does exactly what he said He would do.

Jesus declared that God's words are truth. The Holy Spirit will teach us about the truth and teach us to understand it. God's word is eternal and powerful.

"Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light." (Genesis 1:3 NKJV)

From Genesis chapter 1, we would see how God created the earth. He said "let there be ...", and then it was so. Everything became reality. That is the power of His Word.

"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)

Spirit of Truth will teach us to understand the bible which is God's Word and Truth. Pray before reading it. Ask what He wants us to learn.

If we would give Him a chance, open the Word, and see how it would change your life. It takes time to study God's Word.

Bible study is more than study in the class. It is a way of life. You can never learn too much about God. You have to continue to study about The Word.

PRINCIPLE I:

  • God Spoke the Bible. It is TRUE. Its purpose is to reveal God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

II. Colossians: A Letter in the New Testament

The author is Paul. We can learn about Paul's life from Acts chapter 9 to 28.

It was written about 63 AD in Rome. At the same period time, he also wrote other 2 books, which are Ephesians and Philemon.

Colossians is the people of Colosse. Paul did not start the church. It was not an important city then, but we learn a lot from this book.

Paul spent full 2 years in Ephesus at the school of Tyrannus. Epaphras came to visit him from Colosse and became a believer. He learned in this school and go back to start a church.

Epaphras reported a problem occurred in the church at Colosse. The problem was about Heresy going on in the church. And Paul wrote the letter back to the church.

There heresy or false teaching has some characteristics. It takes the Word of Christ and add to it. This became the problem in Colosse. It became false Gospel.

  1. Human philosophy. Basic principles of the world added to the word of Christ. The important one is Gnosticism (related to "gnosis" which means knowledge). People were called "in the KNOW", spiritual aristocrat (superior to others). They taught that salvation is not through faith, but through superior knowledge. They went on to Greek philosophy. They said that all men are evil and spirit is good. They tried to separate flesh, spirit, and the world. They protect God, and taught that the emanating of God created the world. They tried to fit God in their philosophy.
  2. Jewish element. It is about Asceticism, which taught self-denying way of lives, and called the belivers to try to control the flesh.
  3. Pagan element. It was about worship of angels. The people might worship them directly or use them as a way to connect with God. Anyway, they are not true way to worship God.

Heresy wears a mask of Christianity. False belief in Christ is not rooted completely in the Bible. It may add something to it or extract something from it.

There are 3 questions to consider in order to determine that the teachings are heresy or not.

  • Is Christ the HEAD or not?
  • Is Christ SUPREME or something less?
  • Is Christ SUFFICIENT to save or not?

This is why we have to back to the WORD. God's Word is truth and absolute. It is unchangeable.

PRINCIPLE II:

  • You Cannot ADD or SUBTRACT From The Truth of the Jesus and Still Call It Christianity.

 

III. The Truth of JESUS in Colossians

Paul wanted to correct the church. Paul stressed on the Supremacy of Jesus Christ in this book.

It has 2 portions: basic doctrine of Christ, and practical applications.

It shows detailed picture of Jesus Christ about how He is. Jesus Christ is the object of Christian's faith because He is the Redeemer. He is the Son of God. He is the Head of Church and Supreme. He is the Fullness of Salvation. Jesus Christ is the reconciler of the universe. He pull back to Himself to the redemption through His Blood.

Jesus Christ is also the fullness of God. He is the bodily form of God. He had the Fullness of God within Himself.

He is the one who fulfilled the Old Testament.

PRINCIPLE III:

  • The Bible says CHRIST is the ONE Who Is

    • SUPREME (Superior)

    • The HEAD over all

    • SUFFICIENT to SAVE

 

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Gary Walthall

BSF Foreign Resident Ambassador

คำแบ่งปันสำหรับ Bible Study Fellowship pilot class III: Introduction to Colossians

เมื่อวันที่ 29/03/2010

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