Reconciled by Christ
Colossians 1:21-23
Central Idea - We are reconciled to God through Christ's bodily sacrifice (his body was real) with t...
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Central Idea - We are reconciled to God through Christ's bodily sacrifice (his body was real) with the purpose of being presented as holy, blameless, and above reproach Explanations - 1. The main action is "He has now reconciled." It happened in the past. It is an action that Christ did (and He did it for us). This is a statement of fact (indicative). It is qualified with the means for reconciliation , that is through Christ's bodily death. If there was heretical teaching in Colossae regarding the physical nature of Christ's body, this looks like a clear counter attack by Paul to teach the church that His body was indeed real. 2. The purpose for the action - that they, the Colossians, would be presented as holy, blameless, and above reproach. 3. The condition - they had to remain in the gospel Questions/Thoughts - 1.What makes this section of verses significant enough for Paul to include it in his letter? For instance: Did the readers understand that they were alienated and hostile in mind to God? Is this in some way related to what the Colossian heresy was trying to overcome through their traditions, angel worship, and wild asceticism? (Were these people trying to get through to God/overcome their separation from God?) Or is Paul simply stating a fact in building his case? Did the readers have a desire to be presented holy, blameless, and above reproach? I think Paul wanted to show how helpless the Colossians were in approaching God. There is no way they could do it in their own power, with their own designs of how to do it. This would be in direct contrast with the non-gospel teachings in Colossae, which encouraged trying to approach God through angels, rituals, visions, and asceticism. Rather, their only means of approaching God was through Christ and the work he had already done. 2. How does vs.23 (if you continue in the faith) fit with John 10:28 "no one will snatch them out of my hand"? Cross-references - 1. On reconciliation - 2 Cor 5:18-20 - Paul commands the Corinthians to be reconciled to God (restored relationship with God because their rebellion against God brings God's wrath upon them). This becomes part of the revealed will of God - He wants us to be reconciled with Him - and thus, part of the knowledge of God's will that we can pray would fill our minds (Col 1:9). And then we all become ambassadors for Christ, that is we must be persona grata in both countries - the one we represent and the one we go to. As ambassadors, we entreat members of the other country, we bear the message of God and speak for Him, to be reconciled. (God speaks through Christ's representative, those who are already reconciled).
10000000012645 12645 Notes 2009-09-25 06:56:19 2010-03-01 18:31:12 Central Idea - We are reconciled to God through Christ's bodily sacrifice (his body was real) with the purpose of being presented as holy, blameless, and above reproach Explanations - 1. The main action is "He has now reconciled." It happened in the past. It is an action that Christ did (and He did it for us). This is a statement of fact (indicative). It is qualified with the means for reconciliation , that is through Christ's bodily death. If there was heretical teaching in Colossae regarding the physical nature of Christ's body, this looks like a clear counter attack by Paul to teach the church that His body was indeed real. 2. The purpose for the action - that they, the Colossians, would be presented as holy, blameless, and above reproach. 3. The condition - they had to remain in the gospel Questions/Thoughts - 1.What makes this section of verses significant enough for Paul to include it in his letter? For instance: Did the readers understand that they were alienated and hostile in mind to God? Is this in some way related to what the Colossian heresy was trying to overcome through their traditions, angel worship, and wild asceticism? (Were these people trying to get through to God/overcome their separation from God?) Or is Paul simply stating a fact in building his case? Did the readers have a desire to be presented holy, blameless, and above reproach? I think Paul wanted to show how helpless the Colossians were in approaching God. There is no way they could do it in their own power, with their own designs of how to do it. This would be in direct contrast with the non-gospel teachings in Colossae, which encouraged trying to approach God through angels, rituals, visions, and asceticism. Rather, their only means of approaching God was through Christ and the work he had already done. 2. How does vs.23 (if you continue in the faith) fit with John 10:28 "no one will snatch them out of my hand"? Cross-references - 1. On reconciliation - 2 Cor 5:18-20 - Paul commands the Corinthians to be reconciled to God (restored relationship with God because their rebellion against God brings God's wrath upon them). This becomes part of the revealed will of God - He wants us to be reconciled with Him - and thus, part of the knowledge of God's will that we can pray would fill our minds (Col 1:9). And then we all become ambassadors for Christ, that is we must be persona grata in both countries - the one we represent and the one we go to. As ambassadors, we entreat members of the other country, we bear the message of God and speak for Him, to be reconciled. (God speaks through Christ's representative, those who are already reconciled). notes
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Colossians 1:21-23
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καὶ ὑμᾶς ποτε ὄντας ἀπηλλοτριωμένους καὶ ἐχθροὺς τῇ διανοίᾳ ἐν τοῖς ἔργοις τοῖς πονηροῖς,
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
νυνὶ δὲ ἀποκατήλλαξεν
(he has now reconciled)
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ἐν τῷ σώματι τῆς σαρκὸς αὐτοῦ διὰ τοῦ θανάτου,
he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death,
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παραστῆσαι ὑμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους καὶ ἀνεγκλήτους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ,
in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
εἴγε ἐπιμένετε τῇ πίστει τεθεμελιωμένοι καὶ ἑδραῖοι καὶ μὴ μετακινούμενοι ἀπὸ τῆς ἐλπίδος τοῦ εὐαγγελίου οὗ ἠκούσατε, τοῦ κηρυχθέντος ἐν πάσῃ κτίσει τῇ ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανόν, οὗ ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ Παῦλος διάκονος.
if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
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10000000012645 12645 Arc 2009-09-25 06:56:19 2010-03-01 18:31:12 editing Colossians 1 21 1 23 Colossians 1:21-23 51 NT tisch esv i166819 i166820 i166821 i166814 καὶ ὑμᾶς ποτε ὄντας ἀπηλλοτριωμένους καὶ ἐχθροὺς τῇ διανοίᾳ ἐν τοῖς ἔργοις τοῖς πονηροῖς, And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, i166815 νυνὶ δὲ ἀποκατήλλαξεν (he has now reconciled) negativepositive 2 i166816 ἐν τῷ σώματι τῆς σαρκὸς αὐτοῦ διὰ τοῦ θανάτου, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, actionmanner 1 i166822 i166817 παραστῆσαι ὑμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους καὶ ἀνεγκλήτους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, i166818 εἴγε ἐπιμένετε τῇ πίστει τεθεμελιωμένοι καὶ ἑδραῖοι καὶ μὴ μετακινούμενοι ἀπὸ τῆς ἐλπίδος τοῦ εὐαγγελίου οὗ ἠκούσατε, τοῦ κηρυχθέντος ἐν πάσῃ κτίσει τῇ ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανόν, οὗ ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ Παῦλος διάκονος. if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. conditional 2 1 actionpurpose 2 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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