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18 March 2015

Colossians 3:18-4:1

Colossians Chapter 3:18-4:1



A1 Scripture

B1 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 3:18-4:1, NKJV)

B2 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, for that is what you should do as Christians. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents always, for that is what pleases God. Parents, do not irritate your children, or they will become discouraged. Slaves, obey your human masters in all things, not only when they are watching you because you want to gain their approval; but do it with a sincere heart because of your reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve. And all wrongdoers will be repaid for the wrong things they do, because God judges everyone by the same standard. Masters, be fair and just in the way you treat your slaves. Remember that you too have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 3:18-4:1, GNB92)




A2 Outline--God's rules for dealing with those who are close to us

B1 Wives

C1 Submit

C2 To own husbands

B2 Husbands

C1 Love your wives

C2 Do not be bitter with them

B3 Children

C1 Obey your parents

C2 In all things

B4 Fathers

C1 Do not provoke your children

C2 Lest they become discouraged

B5 Bondservants

C1 Obey your masters (human)

C2 In all things

C3 Not only while they watch you

C4 In sincerity of heart

C5 Fearing God

C6 Do everything

D1 Do the best of your ability and

D2 With a good attitude

C7 The promise

D1 The Lord will give

D2 The reward of service

C8 Jesus Christ is the ultimate boss whom we really serve

C9 The one who disobeys will also be rewarded.

C10 God shows no partiality.

B6 Masters

C1 Give what is fair

C2 Give what is just

C3 Remember you have your Master in heaven


A3 Notes

B1 These are part of the practical laws in the New Testament that we are required to do.

B2 Wives

C1 These are females (XX, not XY).

C2 The word is plural not because we are allowed to have more than one wife, but it is because Paul is writing to the whole church at Colossae.

B3 Submit (Colossians 3:18)

C1 Not as a slave with no rights.

C2 But a yielding to the higher authority.

C3 Someone has to have the last word.

C4 The word means "under another".

D1 Instead of pushing for superiority, dominance, bullying,

D2 Has the idea of willing to acknowledge the better opinion of another.

D3 The idea of amenable, docile, open (to another's opinion).

"ready or willing to answer, act, agree, or yield; open to influence, persuasion, or advice; agreeable; submissive; tractable:

an amenable servant."--amenable. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 17, 2015, from website:

C5 This does NOT mean a woman is second rate. Consider

D1 Eve is called the "Mother of all living."

D2 Miriam is called a prophetess.

D3 Deborah is a judge in Israel.

D4 Mary, the mother of Jesus.

D5 The first Human witnesses of the resurrected Jesus were women.

D6 The deacon Phillip had daughters who were recognized as prophetesses.

C6 God has a very high opinion of women.

C7 It is to their own husbands, not just to any male.

C8 "As fitting to the Lord" has the idea of this is what we should do as Christians.

B4 Husbands

C1 The word husband in English has the idea of

D1 One of the house

D2 That lives in there, build, and cultivates

D3 So one who has the responsibility of overseeing the household for safety and stability.

C2 Are one with their wives (Matthew 19:5)

C3 God wants wives treated well. "Yet you say, "For what reason?" Because the LORD has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion And your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. "For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one's garment with violence," Says the LORD of hosts. "Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously." (Malachi 2:14-16, NKJV)

D1 The word treacherously means to be unfaithful.

D2 It also has the idea of breaking treaties, agreements, promises, etc.

D3 It even includes ideas as betrayal.

D4 God punishes such. "But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it." (Proverbs 2:22, NKJV)

C4 To love our wives.

D1 Love here is agape.

D2 It is the love of choice and faithfulness.

D3 It is the love of 1 Corinthians 13

D4 It is not necessarily of words but definitely is of actions.

C5 Without bitterness (per definition at

D1 Distressful

D2 Causing pain

D3 Hostile

D4 Resentful or cynical

C6 Words and actions do hurt.

C7 Bitterness is not to be a Christian activity or attitude. "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and blasphemy be removed from you, with all malice." (Ephesians 4:31, EMTV)

C8 Some things that make a marriage better.

D1 Listen to your wife. When she is talking, look at her.

D2 Respect her opinion.

D3 Do something nice for her like wash the dishes or vacuum the carpet.

C9 To praise your wife (genuine praise please) especially in public. "Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her." (Proverbs 31:28, GNB92)

B5 Children

C1 This would be children at home.

C2 Obey in all things.

D1 Positive aspect--It may save your life.

D2 Negative aspect--do not obey if it is criminal (that is, against God's law) or hurts someone.

D3 Learning to obey helps out in life situations as when the children get a job.

B6 Fathers

C1 Very important in the life of a child.

C2 Article

C3 Bible verses

D1 We are to pity, have compassion on, our children. "As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him." (Psalms 103:13, ESV2011)

D2 Teach children wisdom and right from wrong. "My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother." (Proverbs 1:8, NKJV)

D3 The teaching of restraint and self-control are vital. "Discipline your son, for there is hope; don't be a willing party to his death." (Proverbs 19:18, WEB)

D4 Live what we teach. "Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right." (Proverbs 20:7, GNB92)

B7 Parents

C1 Are not to make their children angry by

D1 Setting unrealistic goals. Demanding too much from them as in expecting a 5 year old to read at the 12th grade level or to have all "A's" in school.

D2 Abuse them in any way.

D3 Let them run wild without learning any self-control.

D4 Lying to them.

D5 Lying about them.

D6 Treat them like they are worthless.

D7 Be inconsistent. Have them obey one rule for one child and the other doesn't have to, or have all obey a rule for a while and then not obey for a while then return to obeying the rule.

D8 Criticize your spouse in front of the children.

D9 Never show love or kindness to your spouse, your children, or the pets.

D10 Never allow them to express their opinion.

D11 When your child asks you why they have to do something tell them, "Because I said so."

D12 Often when a child is hurt frequently (as in abuse or a lack of love), they become bitter. When bitterness goes on and on, they become angry. If the irritant (as abuse or lack of love) continue, it might be hate. If hate remains, it may lead to murder. Consider Absalom, King David's son.

D13 Always tell them what not to do, but never tell them the right way to do something.

D14 Criticize them frequently.

D15 Never listen to them.

D16 Break your promises to them.

D17 Falsely accuse them of something.

D18 Play favorites.

D19 Never praise a child for anything good they do. Always point out there faults and weaknesses.

D20 Never take an interest in what they are doing. For example, they may say to you, "Daddy, look at this pretty picture I drew for you." If your child is doing something special in school, never ask how they are doing, never show up when they do this special thing, never listen to them when they tell you what award or honor they have achieved.

D21 Tell them you hate them.

D22 Tell them they are in your way.

D23 Tell them you wish they were never born.

D24 Never be sympathetic or empathetic.

D25 Have your child be your therapist as in telling them all your worries, fears, sins, etc.

D26 Overprotect your child.

D27 Never let your child experience failure. Always cover up for their mistakes and blame someone else.

D28 Never let your child make a decision. Make all their decisions for them.

D29 Don't do anything with your child. Maybe you like fishing, so don't take them with you. Maybe they like fishing, so don't take them fishing.

D30 Yell at them a lot.

D31 Be arrogant.

D32 Tease them about their looks.

C2 Lest they become discouraged

D1 They want to give up for it seems impossible to please their parents.

D2 Often they, then, reject what the parents believe.

B8 Bondservants

C1 Servant

D1 Different words

E1 Strong's number G3610 refers to household servants. οἰκέτης

F1 These are those who work in the house.

F2 "Now when the angel who had been speaking to Cornelius had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually." (Acts 10:7, EMTV) (Bold is the word for household servant--οἰκέτης (oiketēs).

E2 Strong's number G1401 refers to servants. δοῦλος

F1 The difference between servants and slaves.

G1 The word slave in English engenders the torture and treatment of the Old South and her plantations.

G2 The word servant in English gives the idea of being an employee serving another person.

G3 The word servant in Greek has the idea of dependence on a Lord.

G4 While some Greek servants were mistreated, it would be no different than modern workers who are mistreated by their employers.

G5 The "Greeks have a strong sense of freedom. Personal dignity consists of freedom. There is thus a violent aversion to bondage. Service may be rendered to the state, but by free choice. Slavery is scorned and rejected. This explains the fierceness with which the Greeks fought for political independence. The only slavery Plato will allow is to the laws. The laws, however, represent the goal of humanity, so that slavery to law is in no way derogatory. Aristotle shows a similar scorn for slavery; for him slaves have no part in the state or true service to it. The Stoics have a broader view of service. Zeus himself summons us to it, so that, while free in relation to all people, we are unconditionally bound to all. Yet the Stoic would never call himself the doúlos theoú; he moves through the world as basileús and despótēs, the very opposite of the doúlos. This is the characteristic of the wise. Those who are not wise are slaves, no matter what the form of their bondage (cf. Epictetus, Plutarch, and Philo)." Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume, Kittel, Gerhard; Friedrich, Gerhard, 1985, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Entry on the would doulos (G1401).

D2 If would seem unlikely that the Apostles who designate themselves as servants would consider themselves slaves as understood by modern English readers. "Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:1, WEB)

C2 Instructions for servants, employees, and other types of workers.

D1 Obey your masters (human)

D2 In all things

D3 Not only while they watch you

D4 In sincerity of heart

D5 Fearing God

D6 Do everything

E1 Do the best of your ability and

E2 With a good attitude

D7 The promise

E1 The Lord will give

E2 The reward of service

D8 Jesus Christ is the ultimate boss whom we really serve

D9 The one who disobeys will also be rewarded.

D10 God shows no partiality.

B9 Masters

C1 Give what is fair. This would be a proper wage, not just a wage required by law.

C2 Give what is just. This would be a honest pay check, not one based on fudged hours.

C3 Remember you have your Master in heaven. The Master in heaven, Jesus, will deal with you either now or later.

13 March 2015

Commentary: Colossians 3:12-17

Colossians 3:12-17 Relationship between believers


A1 Scripture

B1 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

(Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV)

B2 You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.

(Colossians 3:12-17 GNB)


A2 Outline

B1 Description of the saint (Colossians 3:12)

B2 Duties of the saint

C1 Put on

D1 Tender mercies

D2 Kindness

D3 Humility

D4 Meekness

D5 Longsuffering

D6 Forbearing (Colossians 3:13)

D7 Forgive

E1 God forgave us

E2 We should forgive others

D8 Love (Colossians 3:14)

C2 Let

D1 Peace of God rule (Colossians 3:15)

E1 Rule in the heart

E2 Realizing we are called in one body

E3 Really be thankful

D2 Word of Christ live (Colossians 3:16)

E1 In wisdom

E2 In teaching one another

E3 In admonishing one another

F1 In psalms

F2 In hymns

F3 In spiritual songs

G1 Singing with grace

G2 Sincerely to God

D3 Our word and action (Colossians 3:17)

E1 Done in the name of Jesus

E2 Done with giving thanks


A3 Notes

B1 Saint

C1 Defined

D1 Child of God.

D2 All born again Christians are saints.

C2 Described

D1 Holy

E1 Has to do with "dedicated to the gods."

E2 One which is dedicated to the God, Yahweh, would be of a certain character.

E3 Morally and spiritually blameless.

E4 Separated for God's service.

E5 Such a person (holy because of the work of God in their heart) is holy because of God's mercy and love. If there was no prevenient grace, there would be no saved and holy people.

D2 Beloved

E1 Because these obey the call, repented, and trusted into Jesus Christ.

E2 Christians are more loved by God because of this.

E3 John Wesley in his comment on Colossians 3:12 writes, "All who are thus renewed are elected of God, holy, and therefore the more beloved of him. Holiness is the consequence of their election, and God's superior love, of their holiness."

B2 Put on

C1 This is in contrast to the things that we are to put off (Colossians 3:8).

C2 The list presented here would be good for any society.

C3 The list presented here is rare in society as the human heart is evil.

C4 The list presented here is important because it reflects the character of God and His way of life.

C5 The list presented here is important for us today, because it is the way of life in the Kingdom of Heaven.

C6 The list

D1 Tender mercies

E1 Mercy is not receiving what we deserve.

E2 It is for those things which we possible can overlook. Some things cannot be overlooked as those things which might endanger our or others' lives and well-being as verbal abuse, physical abuse, elder abuse, neglect, financial abuse, etc.

E3 It is for those things when someone genuinely asks for forgiveness.

E4 It is what God does to us when we ask forgiveness.

D2 Kindness

E1 Kindness is a form of gentleness.

E2 It is being nice to someone.

E3 It is the opposite of rough treatment, words, thoughts, etc.

D3 Humility

E1 Humility is to think of ourselves honestly.

E2 It is to NOT think of ourselves as the greatest, best, most intelligent, etc.

E3 It is NOT to think of ourselves as pretending we are nothing.

E4 It is listening to another's opinion or thoughts, then weighing that information before making a decision.

D4 Meekness

E1 Meekness is not to push our rights (supposed and actual).

E2 It is NOT to put up with evil, so called tolerance, bullying, or manipulation.

E3 It is an attitude of not being pushy in relationships of any type.

D5 Longsuffering

E1 It is putting up with situations as a someone sickness and still treating them gently and kindly.

E2 It is not reacting when someone is venting.

E3 It is being patient.

E4 It is NOT being easily provoked.

E5 It is to get angry slowly rather than instantly being in rage.

E6 It is a form of love in action.

E7 It is NOT putting up with words and actions that are damaging emotionally, financially, physically, etc.

E8 It is accepting God's will if He allows suffering and persecution (as the Lord Jesus demonstrated in His trials).

D6 Forbearing (Colossians 3:13)

E1 Forbearing is a ceasing or pausing of action or reaction to people for a time.

E2 It is to back off something for a while.

D7 Forgive

E1 God forgave us

E2 We should forgive others

E3 Forgiveness is for humans to turn over all revenge, penalty, judgment to God to deal with. He may punish or convict. If one is convicted of their evil, then they can repent and ask God for forgiveness.

E4 Jesus paid the penalty for sin by suffering for our sins. When He forgives, it is pardon, because the penalty has been paid.

D8 Love (Colossians 3:14)

E1 Love is a choice, attitude, with or without emotion, passion, etc.

E2 Love is many things in action as seen in 1 Corinthians 13.

B3 Peace of God (Colossians 3:15)

C1 Peace is calmness, rest, freedom from physical, emotional, or spiritual discomfort.

C2 There are types of peace as peace in the world, peace with others, etc.

C3 There are types of false peace as suppressing them emotionally or in drugs and alcohol, etc.

C4 Peace of God is the peace that God gives. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27, EMTV)

B4 In your hearts (Colossians 3:15)

C1 Our deepest place in our inner life.

C2 The source of motivation, attitude, desires, even evil.

C3 When God gives peace it is into our hearts.

C4 Therefore whatever we face in life can be handled because that peace, God's peace, is in our hearts, and He will be there also.

C5 To rule means to be the deciding factor, the umpire, for our competing feelings, emotions, etc.

B5 One body (Colossians 3:15) All Christians are one body, one group, one family, and comrades in life.

B6 Thankful (Colossians 3:15).

C1 Thankfulness is telling or showing someone appreciation for what they have done or said.

C2 We are to be thankful to God for many things especially His mercy and in meeting our daily needs.

C3 We are to be thankful to the brethren, to the church, to our neighbors, and to all we meet as much as is possible.

B7 Word of Christ (Colossians 3:16)

C1 Has the idea of the teachings that the Lord Jesus gave us.

C2 This would be the opposite of our dwelling of the teachings of the age.

B8 Richly--much, a lot of

B9 Wisdom, teaching, and admonishing

C1 The teachings of the Lord Jesus are to be abundant in our life.

C2 In wisdom--thinking God's way, so taking the teachings in their plain, normal sense and basing our decisions on them.

C3 In teaching--what we teach others.

C4 In admonishing--that is in encouraging others in their Christian walk.

D1 Three ways of doing the admonishing is through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. "Teaching Through Music"

E1 Psalms--music set to a Psalm and sung.

E2 Hymns--teaching a doctrine.

It Should Have Been Me (with Ron Hurst)

© 1978 Dan Simmons Author: words & music: Dan Simmons

It was my sin that brought Him there and nailed Him to that tree...It was my pain that He would bear the stripes were meant for me... It was my guilt, my shameful blindness that brought Him to that place...Yet it was love, tender loving kindness that brought the fullness of God's grace


It was judgment and punishment that brought Him agony...I was condemned to die, bound up in chains 'til Jesus set me free...Crucified in shame, hanging there on a cross between two thieves...He showed me just how much He cared, the day that Jesus died for me


All the way up to Calvary, He walked there in my place...Every step up that mountain steep was a step of love and grace... As my Savior He died on that cruel and rugged tree... O, yes but it should have been me


From His heaven from His holy throne, He came to bear my hell...Of such love and grace and mercy shown no tongue could ever tell... And someday I'll stand before Him and I'll see Him face to face... I will worship and adore Him for the day He took my place


And all the way up to Calvary, He walked there in my place...Every step up that mountain steep was a step of love and grace... As my Savior He died on that cruel and rugged tree... O, yes but it should have been me


O, yes but it should have... it should have been me....O, yes but it should have been me


E4 Spiritual Songs--songs teaching encouragement, etc.

Hold Me Jesus--Ronnie Lee Hurst

Well, I've been trav'lin' down a long road

Through a dry and weary land



And I've been stumblin' on the way Lord

Over things I just don't understand

I've been wastin' precious moments

On this burnt out, selfish man

Help me Jesus, hold me Jesus in Your hand


And I've been walkin' through some hard times

That have cut me to the soul

And I've been searchin' for some answers

Though the questions, I don't know

I've been wondering through this desert

And all I feel is scorching sand

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus in Your hand


Hold me Jesus...hold me Jesus

Lift me up me stand

Lord I need us to walk together through this land

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus in Your hand


Hold me Jesus...hold me Jesus

Lift me up me stand

Lord I need us to walk together through this land

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus in Your hand

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus in Your hand

Help me Jesus...hold me Jesus ...

In Your hand

D2 Music can be used to teach doctrine and encouragement.

D3 Songs that lead us into a nearly trancelike experience are NOT doing this.

B10 Word and action (Colossians 3:17)

C1 Everything we do should be glorifying to God.

C2 Our words, thoughts, desires, and actions should show the world that we are Christians.

C3 "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it shines on everything in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:15-16, EMTV)

C4 What we do and how we do it is noticed by people.

D1 Negatively as hypocrites.

E1 ""Moreover, when you fast, do not become gloomy, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly I say to you, that they receive their reward in full." (Matthew 6:16, EMTV)

E2 "But all their works they do in order to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and they enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the first couch at banquets, and the best seats in the synagogues," (Matthew 23:5-6, EMTV)

D2 Positively as being genuine

E1 "Now in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which, being translated, means Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable giving which she was doing." (Acts 9:36, EMTV)

E2 "Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and encountered bandits, who after having stripped him of his clothing and having wounded him, departed, leaving him half dead. Now by coincidence a certain priest was coming down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite, arriving at the place, came and saw, and passed by on the opposite side. But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came by him; and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. And coming to him, he bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and putting him on his own animal, he brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever you spend in addition, when I come back, I will repay you.' So which of these three does it seem to you proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the bandits?" And he said, "the one who showed mercy to him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:30-37, EMTV)


25 February 2015

Colossians 2:6-15

Chapter 2:6-15


A1 Scripture

B1 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been rooted and built up in Him and being established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. See that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and in Him you have been made complete, who is the head of all principality and power. In whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by the putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were raised together through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and He has taken it out of the midst, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed principalities and powers, He mocked them in public, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:6-15, EMTV)

B2 Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving. See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by human beings and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ. For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity, and you have been given full life in union with him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority. In union with Christ you were circumcised, not with the circumcision that is made by human beings, but with the circumcision made by Christ, which consists of being freed from the power of this sinful self. For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ through your faith in the active power of God, who raised him from death. You were at one time spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were Gentiles without the Law. But God has now brought you to life with Christ. God forgave us all our sins; he canceled the unfavorable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross. And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his victory procession. (Colossians 2:6-15, GNB92)


A2 Outline

B1 Received Christ

C1 Already

D1 Rooted

D2 Built up

D3 Established

D4 Abounding in it

D5 Thankful

C2 Now--walk

B2 Continue in Christ

C1 Don't be deceived by

D1 Philosophy

D2 Empty deception

D3 The traditions of men

D4 The basic principles of the world

C2 Be in Christ who

D1 Has all fullness of the Godhead bodily

D2 Makes us complete

D3 Head of

E1 All Principality

E2 All Power

D4 The circumciser of the heart

D5 His baptism

E1 We were buried with Him

E2 We were resurrected with Him

D6 He is the life giver

E1 We were dead

F1 Because of sins

F2 Because we were Gentiles without the Law

E2 We are now alive

F1 God forgave sins

F2 God canceled our record of sins

F3 God nailed it all to the Cross

D7 Christ defeated

E1 Spiritual rulers

E2 Spiritual authorities

E3 Christ mocked them

E4 Christ won the battle over them


A3 Notes

B1 A summary of the passage would be becoming a true, Bible believing Christian is only the start of the Christian walk. Now there are many things as doctrine and rules for a Christian life,

B2 Colossians 2:6

C1 Received Christ

D1 Believed God that they were NOT good and lawbreakers

D2 Believed God that they would be punished with hell forever

D3 Believed God that they could not do anything to receive forgiveness for these trespasses

D4 Believed God that Jesus is the only Savior

D5 Believed God that asking for and fully believing in the Lord Jesus would receive forgiveness

C2 The Lord

D1 Jesus is not just Messiah

D2 Jesus is not just a religious leader

D3 Jesus is not just a good, easy going friend

D4 Jesus is Messiah, Head of the Church, and King of our lives

D5 Jesus is the one to whom we submit to His rules

C3 Walk is living the daily Christian life

B3 Colossians 2:7

C1 Rooted

D1 Grounded in Messiah

D2 Secure in Messiah

D3 Nourished by Messiah

C2 Built up is the growth of the Christian. We do not grow ourselves but are feed by the Scriptures, blessed by prayer, encouraged and lead by the Holy Spirit.

C3 Established is settled and unmovable in faith and doctrine--both written and living.

C4 Faith is the Christian faith of doctrine and lifestyle

C5 Paul and the others taught the people these things. So it should be so today.

C6 Abounding is a growth spurt.

C7 Thanksgiving is recognizing the source of blessing and help even in difficult time.

B4 Colossians 2:8

C1 Captive is a loss of freedom. It is being enslaved by something. God gives up libertarian freedom, not exhaustive determinism. The idea also carries the idea of stealing something from a person.

C2 Philosophy

D1 The word is has the idea of using man's ideas through using science, logic and rhetoric.

D2 It is totalitarian science.

D3 It is the idea that science as all the answers.

D4 Using persuasive speech, false promises, lies in the name of science to control all people.

D5 It is science as being the highest knowledge.

D6 Thus the philosophers would be these wise priests of science who alone can enable a successful life.

D7 See this link. See this review.

C3 Empty deception is the lies and pervasive speech to convince people they are wrong and the so called philosophers are right.

D1 It is to lead the Christian astray. It is to lead us away from the libertarian freedom of the truth taught by Jesus Christ.

D2 The divide is clear. One will either follow the philosophy/science authority or the authority of God.

C4 The tradition of men. The idea of this type of philosophy and deception have been practiced for millennia.

C5 Basic principles of the world. The exact opposite of the basic principles of God.

B5 Colossians 2:9

C1 Godhead

D1 Godhood

D2 Everything that is God, is Jesus also with the idea of Jesus having a physical body.

D3 Jesus is fully God.

C2 Bodily

D1 Jesus is 100% man and 100% God.

D2 When someone saw Jesus, they saw God.

B5 Colossians 2:10

C1 We have been made complete

D1 Jesus is everything we need.

D2 "...but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." (1 Corinthians 1:24, EMTV)

D3 Sin fractures us, separates us, affects us in many bad ways. Jesus heals all our spiritual illnesses.

D4 The Jews and Gentiles are no longer separate. They are now Christians--just one group. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's descendants, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29, EMTV)

C2 Head--the highest authority

C3 Principality and power

D1 Ranks of angelic beings.

D2 Ranks of human rules.

D3 Jesus is Lords of lords.

B6 Colossians 2:11

C1 Circumcision made without hands.

D1 The circumcision done by God on the evil, unregenerated heart.

D2 "...but he is a Jew that is one inwardly; and circumcision is of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter, whose praise is not from men but from God." (Romans 2:29, EMTV)

D3 For we are the true circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh, (Philippians 3:3, EMTV)

C2 Christ performed this circumcision, not a human, Jewish priest or physician.

C3 Sin and its effects are now cut off and throw away.

D1 "...that you put off, concerning your former way of life, the old man which is being corrupted according to deceitful lusts." (Ephesians 4:22, EMTV)

D2 "...knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, so that the body of sin may be done away with, that we should no longer serve sin." (Romans 6:6, EMTV)

C4 " the circumcision of Christ." This refers to the fact that Jesus kept the Law perfectly.

B7 Colossians 2:12

C1 Baptism is an image, illustration, of burial and resurrection. Jesus did this literally; we do this to illustrate what He has done for us.

C2 All this is through faith. Faith is believing God. What God says is true and if we agree with Him, especially when we are wrong, it is faith. For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." (Romans 4:3, EMTV)

B8 Colossians 2:13

C1 Dead in trespasses.

D1 Really dead. Because of sin we do not seek God. There is nothing in us that is good. We cannot seek God.

D2 Trespasses are breaking God's law.

C2 Uncircumcision of flesh

D1 There is nothing good in us or about us.

D2 We need someone to remove this load of sins.

C3 Alive together

D1 The same process.

D2 The rebirth.

D3 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name; (John 1:12, EMTV)

C4 Having forgiven us all trespasses

D1 Our sins are forgiven.

D2 We are justified.

D3 We are pardoned.

D4 The penalty was paid by Christ. The conditions and plan were from God. The opening of our heart and mind was of God. We only did not resist when God gave the command to repent.

D5 The atonement by Jesus shows that God's Law was righteous (Jesus did die). It also shows God's love for humans in that there is the provision for sin if the sinner meets the conditions.

D6 We are not sinless but forgiven. The penalty of God's law, hell, is now removed.

D7 No one deserves forgiveness. It is not a right. It is a free gift. It cost Jesus everything however.

D8 Faith, as God defines it, is the condition to be met.

B9 Colossians 2:14

C1 Blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us

D1 Blotted out means that it was overwritten. The original cannot be seen any more.

D2 The handwriting of ordinances was the miles long list of our sins.

D3 God did this out of love. Jesus choose to be the Passover Lamb for us.

C2 Nailed it

D1 When Jesus died, He paid the full penalty and punishment for sin.

D2 He did not go to hell and suffer there for our sins (some heretics teach this).

D3 This long list had written on it, in a sense, "Paid in full."

B10 Colossians 2:15

C1 Disarmed

D1 He freed Himself from the demonic and human authorities.

D2 He was a victor over these evil ones.

D3 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (Hebrews 2:14, ESV2011)

C2 Mocked them

D1 They thought they had killed God, made Him a loser (He did not accomplish what He set out to do), and make Him look like a weak fool.

D2 He rose from the dead in triumph. He is victor over death or sin's penalty. He accomplished all that God wanted.

D3 This is the open shame. The smile of triumph and victory from the evil beings was turned upside down.

C3 Triumphing

D1 God never loses. Even when it seems like it, He turns it all around and is the Victor.

D2 He let them do it. They thought they did it. God used them and their openly evil actions, so show the complete loss of evil's war.

D3 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12, NKJV)



Welcome, Thou Victor in the strife,

Welcome from out the grave;

Today we triumph in Thy life

Around Thy empty grave;

Today we triumph in Thy life

Around Thy empty grave.


Our enemy is put to shame,

His short lived triumph o'er;

Our God is with us, we exclaim,

We fear our foe no more;

Our God is with us, we exclaim,

We fear our foe no more.

--Benjamin Schmolck