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Saturday, September 8 2012
The Epistles: Colossians
"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible"
Colossae (also rendered Colosse) was a city of Asia Minor (known today as Turkey). It was located in the same region as the famous "seven churches" of Revelation (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea; see also Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?) and as such was located along the same inland route that Paul used in his three missionary journeys between Asia and Europe (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey).
Paul's epistle to the Colossians was written while he was being held by the Romans, around the same time that he wrote his epistle to the Ephesians (see The Epistles: Ephesians). Despite his confined situation, Paul was nevertheless kept informed by those who courageously stood with him, including Luke (who wrote two major epistles himself; see The Epistles: Luke and The Epistles: Acts) and Timothy.
"1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
The Colossians understood that the Messiah was "the LORD God" (see Who Is The LORD?) through Whom, and by Whom, the work of Creation was done. With that awareness, they held the major key to Biblical understanding.
"1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work [see Works Means Obedience], and increasing in the knowledge of God; 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners]:
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men"
The term "Body of Christ" was based upon how the Church was created from Him - the reason that the Church is also referred to as the figurative woman through whom the children of God are conceived and will be born in due time (see Brides From Their Sides and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Paul encouraged them to walk fully in Christ, not by means of any man-made philosophy that merely uses His Name (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?).
"2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Christ's true Holy Days have always been about Christ (see our Christian Holy Days Calendar page at Calendar of Christ's Holy Days for detailed studies and sermons for each).
"2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism], and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
The Messiah's resurrection was the ultimate example of what He is making possible for everyone who truly follows Him.
"3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Living a truly Christian life is the Way to Life (see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God).
"3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Fact Finder: What is the purpose of the "New Covenant" that the LORD made with Israel?
This Day In History, September 8
394: Arbogast, a general of the Roman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots, A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), committed suicide after the battle of the Frigidus River that ended in victory for Theodosius.
1011: The Danes sacked Canterbury and seized Aelfheah, the archbishop of Canterbury, who they held for 7 months before killing him in April 1012.
1264: The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews safety and personal liberties and giving battei din jurisdiction over Jewish matters, was promulgated by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland.
1331: Stephen Uros IV Dusan declared himself king of Serbia.
1380: The Battle of Kulikovo. Russian forces defeated an army of Tatars and Mongols, stopping their advance.
1504: Michelangelo's David was unveiled in Florence, Italy.
1565: The Knights of Malta lifted the Turkish siege of Malta that began on May 18.
1664: The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York after the Duke of York.
1755: During the Seven Years War in North America, English troops under the command of William Johnson defeated French and Indian force at the Battle of Lake George.
1760: The French surrendered Montreal to British forces under the command of Jeffrey Amherst.
1831: William IV and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen were crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1860: The Steamship Lady Elgin sank on Lake Michigan, with the loss of around 300 lives.
1900: A hurricane with winds of 120 mph and a following tidal wave at Galveston, Texas, killed at least 8,000 people and destroyed over 2,500 buildings in the city.
1923: The Honda Point Disaster. Nine U.S. Navy destroyers ran aground off the California coast. Seven of the ships were lost, twenty-three sailors killed.
1944: Germany began the V-2 rocket bombing of Britain.
1945: Korea was partitioned into North and South by the U.S. and the Soviet Union (within a decade, the French partitioned Vietnam into North and South also).
1945: Hideki Tojo, Japanese prime minister during most of the Second World War, attempted suicide rather than face a war crimes tribunal. The attempt failed and he was later convicted and hanged.
1974: To prevent criminal prosecution of Richard Nixon, President Gerald Ford granted the former President a full pardon for "any and all crimes that he may have committed while in office."
1991: The Republic of Macedonia became independent.