The Great Issue Of Colossians

In the “Context and Flow” series, we are in the book of Colossians. The following chart/outline is essential to our studies. Paul warns us in Colossians about “empty deceitful philosophies” and those who would “judge us” and “arbitrate against us.” Many speculate that the problem in Colossians is “Gnosticism.” There is no evidence of that, although that may be one of the many systems of philosophy and religion which would, in that syncretistic era, draw us away from Christ. We don’t need to know everything about the systems of men to stay true to God, but we do need to know about Christ as revealed in the Scriptures rightly divided. The more we know Christ, the easier we will be able to detect those things which are “not according to Christ.” Enjoy this chart and our studies.

The Flow of Truth and Practice in Colossians

Colossians 1:14-18 The Son of God’s Love…Who Is…He is…And He Is… (Image…Firstborn of every creation…Outflowing Source …Sovereign…Firstborn from among the dead…)

Colossians 2:4-11 In Christ (Gr. En)

Colossians 2:12-3:4 With Christ (Gr. Sun)

Colossians 3:5-4:6 Put to death therefore…put off…put on…bearing with…And let…And whatsoever you do…Submit…love….obey…provoke not…give…Continue in prayer…Walk…Let your speech…

First: we learn WHO the Son of God’s love is.

Second: we learn about the riches that are IN Christ.

Third: we learn about our identification WITH Christ.

Fourth: we are encouraged to LIVE our lives accordingly.

This is the proper order. WHO – IN – WITH – LIVE.

Truth is based on the solid foundation of the knowledge of God. Unlike the idols of the nations, our God and Savior reveals to us Who He Is, shares with us the riches inherent IN Him, joins us in an intimate union WITH Him, and then He encourages us to CONDUCT our lives in response to His love.

Truth is relational. Truth always leads to action. The Scriptures aren’t dead letters.

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