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Literature / Book of Colossians

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The 12th book of the New Testament and the seventh of the Pauline epistles.


Structure of the book:

  • Greeting (Colossians 1:1-2)
  • Thanksgiving and prayer (Colossians 1:3-23)
  • Paul's ministry to the church (Colossians 1:24-2:5)
  • Alive in Christ (Colossians 2:6-15)
  • Let no one disqualify you (Colossians 2:16-23)
  • Put on "the new self" (Colossians 3:1-17)
  • Rules for Christian households (Colossians 3:18-4:1)
  • Further instructions (Colossians 4:2-5)
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  • Final greetings (Colossians 4:6-18)


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  • Forgiveness: Colossians 3:13 encourages believers to forgive one another just as Jesus forgave them.
  • Good Parents: Like in Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21 instructs parents to not provoke their children, or they will get discouraged.
  • Listing the Forms of Degenerates:
    • Colossians 3:5 instructs the reader to put aside these sinful qualities.
    "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry."
    • Colossians 3:8 also instructs this to the readers:
    "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth."
  • No Ontological Inertia: "And [Christ] is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (Colossians 1:17, NKJV)" Literally, if Christ, that is, God the Son, ceased to exist (which is impossible), then the universe would also cease to exist.
  • No Woman's Land: Subverted in Colossians 3:18-19. Like in Ephesians 5:22-23.
    "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
    Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them."
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  • Sympathetic Slave Owner: Colossians 4:1 instructs masters to provide for slaves what's just and equal because they have a Master in heaven.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The epistle instructs slaves and employees to do the work they're meant to do at all times, not only when their earthly masters' eyes are on you.
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