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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 9:1-5
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Ἀλήθειαν λέγω ἐν Χριστῷ,
I am speaking the truth in Christ
a I am speaking the truth in Christ—
οὐ ψεύδομαι,
I am not lying
I am not lying;
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συμμαρτυρούσης μοι τῆς συνειδήσεώς μου ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ,
( evidence of my truth-telling:) my conscience is bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit
my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—
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ὅτι λύπη μοί ἐστιν μεγάλη
( the truth I am talking about is ) that grief is great to me,
that I have great sorrow
καὶ ἀδιάλειπτος ὀδύνη τῇ καρδίᾳ μου.
and unceasing pain is in my heart
and unceasing anguish in my heart.
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ηὐχόμην γὰρ ἀνάθεμα εἶναι αὐτὸς ἐγὼ ἀπὸ τοῦ Χριστοῦ ὑπὲρ τῶν ἀδελφῶν μου τῶν συγγενῶν μου κατὰ σάρκα,
(the situation which is causing this grief and pain is that) I could wish myself to be accursed on behalf of my brethren who are my kinsmen according to the flesh (implication: my brethren are accursed)
For b I could wish that I myself were c accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, 1 my kinsmen d according to the flesh.
οἵτινές εἰσιν Ἰσραηλῖται,
(what is so profoundly grievous is that their current accursed state is in spite of the fact that) they are Israelites
They are e Israelites,
ὧν ἡ υἱοθεσία καὶ ἡ δόξα καὶ αἱ διαθῆκαι καὶ ἡ νομοθεσία καὶ ἡ λατρεία καὶ αἱ ἐπαγγελίαι,
(to be an Israelite means that to them belong) the sonship and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple worship and the promises
and to them belong f the adoption, g the glory, h the covenants, i the giving of the law, j the worship, and k the promises.
ὧν οἱ πατέρες
( furthermore , to them belongs) the fathers
To them belong l the patriarchs,
καὶ ἐξ ὧν ὁ Χριστὸς τὸ κατὰ σάρκα,
and (above all ) from them is the Christ insofar as the flesh is concerned,
and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ,
ὁ ὢν ἐπὶ πάντων θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας, ἀμήν.
("their" Christ fully explained) is God over all, blessed unto the ages. Amen
m who is God over all, n blessed forever. Amen.
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