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Thursday, March 7 2013
Colossians: By Him Were All Things Created
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 (see Romans: In The Heart Of The Beast), around the same time that he wrote his epistle to the Ephesians (see Ephesians: Put On The Whole Armour Of God). 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 Luke: The World Of The LORD and Acts: Luke's Second Letter To Theophilus) 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," born as Jesus of Nazareth (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) 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]:
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 (see The Harvest Prophecies, The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries and the studies list below).
"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.
Studies For The Book Of Colossians
Fact Finder: What is the purpose of the "New Covenant" that the LORD made with Israel?
This Day In History, March 7
322 BC: The Greek philosopher Aristotle died. He was a teacher of Alexander the Great (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
161: Emperor Antoninus Pius died and was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
321: Emperor Constantine I decreed that the Babylonian/Roman Dies Solis Invicti ("Sun day") was to be the official day of rest of the Empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?; also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1080: Pope Gregory VII deposed King Henry IV of Germany in a dispute over the selection of bishops (see Emperors and Popes).
1793: France declared war on Spain.
1799: Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa in "Palestine" (see also The Joppa Lessons Of Jonah And Peter).
1814: Napoleon, with 37,000 troops, defeated 90,000 Prussians the Battle of Craonne in France.
1821: The Austrians with a force of 80,000, trying to restore Ferdinand IV to the throne of Naples, heavily defeated a force of 12,000 Neapolitans under Pepe at the Battle of Rieti.
1876: Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.
1906: Finland became the first democratic country to give women the right to vote.
1912: Roald Amundsen announced the discovery of the South Pole.
1912: French aviator Henri Seimet flew non-stop from London to Paris in 3 hours.
1918: The Bolsheviks renamed themselves as the Russian Communist Party.
1926: The first transatlantic telephone call, London to New York.
1935: The Saar was incorporated into Germany.
1936: Nazi Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles by reoccupying the Rhineland (on borders of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and France). Under the treaty, the region was to remain under control of the allied nations for 5 to 15 years after the end of WW1, with Germany forbidden to militarize the area, but the last allied troops, the French, withdrew in 1930 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: The British evacuated Rangoon, after completing all essential demolition. The Japanese entered the city the next day.
1965: Police in Selma, Alabama used clubs and whips against 600 civil rights demonstrators.
1979: Voyager 1 arrived at Jupiter.
1986: Divers located the mostly-intact crew cabin of the Challenger space shuttle on the ocean floor.
1989: Iran broke off diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's novel "Satanic Verses."