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Tom Steller is Pastor for Leadership Development and Associate Professor of New Testament.
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Paul wants the Colossians to be informed about how he is doing and to encourage their hearts.
Colossians 4:7-11
Paul moves toward the conclusion of his letter.
Colossians 4:2-6
Even the one who has the least options is to do his work wholeheartedly to the Lord.
Colossians 3:22-4:1
The Christ-centeredness of these calls to submission and instructions to the ones in authority are radical.
Colossians 3:18-21
The overarching banner of the new person is love.
Colossians 3:12-17
Put your worldliness to death. Get rid of vice. And do not lie to your brothers and sisters.
Colossians 3:5-11
Verses 3-4 is a tri-fold ground to the command to occupy our minds with what (WHO!) matters most--Christ, our ascended and seated Lord.
Colossians 3:1-4
Man-made, religious rules have no value to curb the real problem of our fallen human nature.
Colossians 2:20-23
The centrality of Christ is what frees us from the obsession with peripheral matters.
Colossians 2:16-19
Knowing the exalted Christ is the antidote to deception.
Colossians 2:6-15
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!
Colossians 2:1-5
While Christ's atoning suffering is complete once for all, his sufferings continue through his servants.
Colossians 1:24-29
The purpose of gospel reconciliation is to be presented holy to the Father.
Colossians 1:21-23
All things have been created in Christ and through Christ and for Christ!
Colossians 1:15-20
Paul prays for their knowledge of God's will to the end of producing in them a lifestyle of thanksgiving for Christ.
Colossians 1:9-14
Here is yet one more passage in Scripture that undermines the idea that one can be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.
Colossians 1:3-8
How trusting in God empowers Moses to think, choose, and act in a way that enables him to endure suffering for the sake of lasting joy
Hebrews 11:24-26
Central idea--persevere in the trials that are designed to perfect you.
James 1:2-4
God's assessment of who we are is the only assessment that ultimately matters.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Lord, help me to think, trust, and act like Moses when I am tempted to pursue life's fleeting pleasures
Hebrews 11:23-28
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Romans 9-11
Romans 11:16-22
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Romans 11:16-22
εἰ δὲ ἡ ἀπαρχὴ ἁγία,
If the firstfruits are holy,
καὶ τὸ φύραμα•
then the lump is holy also,
καὶ εἰ ἡ ῥίζα ἁγία,
(to say the same thing in other words :) if the root is holy,
καὶ οἱ κλάδοι.
then the branches are holy also.
Εἰ δέ τινες τῶν κλάδων ἐξεκλάσθησαν,
(Before I talk more about the future implications of what it means that the lump and branches are holy (vv 23-32), let me make clear the response you Gentiles should not have and the response you should have.) Now if some of the branches were broken off,
σὺ δὲ ἀγριέλαιος ὢν
and although you (a Gentile) are a wild olive shoot,
ἐνεκεντρίσθης ἐν αὐτοῖς
( nevertheless ) you were grafted in among the others
καὶ συγκοινωνὸς τῆς ῥίζης τῆς πιότητος τῆς ἐλαίας ἐγένου,
and you became a sharer in the root of the fatness of the olive tree
μὴ κατακαυχῶ τῶν κλάδων•
( therefore ) do not boast over the branches.
εἰ δὲ κατακαυχᾶσαι
(Here's why you shouldn't boast over the branches) If you are boasting,
οὐ σὺ τὴν ῥίζαν βαστάζεις
( then you are forgetting that) you do not support the root,
ἀλλὰ ἡ ῥίζα σέ.
but the root is supporting you.
ἐρεῖς οὖν• ἐξεκλάσθησαν κλάδοι
Therefore you will say, “Branches were broken off
ἵνα ἐγὼ ἐγκεντρισθῶ.
in order that I might be grafted in.”
( although what you are saying ) is true.
τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ ἐξεκλάσθησαν,
( nevertheless) they were broken off because of their unbelief,
σὺ δὲ τῇ πίστει ἕστηκας.
but you stand fast through faith.
μὴ ὑψηλὰ φρόνει
( therefore since you stand only by faith and not by any distinctive you have) do not think lofty things (about yourself, cf. 18a),
ἀλλὰ φοβοῦ•
but fear.
εἰ γὰρ ὁ θεὸς τῶν κατὰ φύσιν κλάδων οὐκ ἐφείσατο,
For if God did not spare the natural branches,
οὐδὲ σοῦ φείσεται.
( then ) neither will he spare you.
ἴδε οὖν χρηστότητα καὶ ἀποτομίαν θεοῦ•
therefore behold the kindness and the severity of God:
ἐπὶ μὲν τοὺς πεσόντας ἀποτομία,
( on the one hand , behold God's) severity toward those who have fallen,
ἐπὶ δὲ σὲ χρηστότης θεοῦ,
( but, on the other hand , behold) God’s kindness to you,
ἐὰν ἐπιμένῃς τῇ χρηστότητι,
if you continue in his kindness.
ἐπεὶ καὶ σὺ ἐκκοπήσῃ.
Otherwise you too will be cut off.
olive tree as symbol of Israel Jer. 11:16; Hos. 14:5-6
John 4:22; Gal 3:7
φύραμα, “lump,” “dough” (cf. Rom. 9:21 ; 1 Cor. 5:6, 7 ; Gal. 5:9 )
branches are taken up again in vv. 17-24
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