According to bruce metzger, it was written in the 50s while paul prison. When that happens, there is no end to the moral breakdown and degeneracy in humanity for false theology leads to ungodliness. What are some distinctive features of this book? The letter was included among the Paulines in the Chester Beatty codex 46, and there is no textual evidence that it ever circulated under the name of any other person. One of the first things you should do when coming to a book study is to try to grasp the big picture of the book. It was apparently familiar liturgical material to the author, the audience, and the false teachers.
These books are known as Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul. Smalley Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973 , pp. William Barclay, The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 2nd ed. Of course without the leading by the Holy Spirit, there would be no understanding of the truths, for all the truth of the Scriptures are revealed to us by God's Spirit. He also gave advice to the church to put God at the center of their lives.
It was a native Phrygian and cultic variety that was mingled with Eastern or Oriental mysticism. We find such ideas in the gospel of John, but that is thirty to forty years later. They named this lesser deity the Jehovah God of the Hebrews. The reason the Christians were killed was because they were rebels. Similar cultural pressures pose challenges for Church members today. We can tolerate genuine pluralism, the idea that the religions of the world can peacefully co-exist, but not syncretism, the idea that the beliefs of various religions can be mindlessly combined. Until recently, Rome was considered by most to be the location from which Paul wrote 2.
He teaches believers how to live at home, how to manage family matters, and how to get along with other believers in Christ. But, and this is very important for today, the heresy confronting the Colossians seems also to have included the worship of angels 2:18. Since all is one and all is God, we too are gods. It did not deny Christ, but it did dethrone him. This historical relevance is one of the marks of inspiration. The second half is a mini-ethics course, addressing every area of Christian life.
Because Jesus Christ is God, He was able to pay the penalty of sin in order to rescue mankind. Most likely all of them were primarily Gentile. He has engaged in post-graduate studies at Dallas T. The nature of the heresy must be inferred from statements he made in opposition to the false teachers. Some of these Paul filled with biblical content and used them against the heresy itself showing that in reality such ideas can only be found in Jesus Christ because of who He is His person and what He has accomplished His work. For help in dealing with these problems that the new teachers posed at Colossae, Epaphras sought out Paul, who was then imprisoned , at a place that the letter does not mention.
The New Age movement promotes a belief in monism. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Paul instructed the Colossian Saints to share the letter with the members of the Church in nearby Laodicea see. Related Topics: Malick received a Masters of Theology in Bible Exposition, with honors, from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1984. It also seems clear that Paul borrowed certain catchwords and phrases used by the heretical teachers.
Why should we try to restrict an author to his usual vocabulary under all situations. In my opinion, these views reflect the theological prejudices of those who create these theories more than any real theological difference between the books. What makes Paul's epistles distinct? Second, while on a visit to Ephesus, a young man from Colossae named Epaphras evidently heard the gospel from Paul and was converted. In one form or another, approximately 75 of the 105 verses in Colossians can be found in Ephesians: Colossians mentions that the church is the body of Christ 1:18 ; this doctrine is then further developed in the sister epistle of Ephesians. . Colossians stresses Jesus as Head, which Ephesians emphasizes the church as His body. Implicit References in the Book: a.
The heresy contains a combination of parts of many of the above views wherein Jews and Gentiles are attempting to advance beyond apostolic Christianity b. Personal: The Private Plans and Affairs of the Apostle 4:7-18 A. Epaphras was so concerned about this heresy that he made the long journey from Colossae to Rome 4:12-13 , where Paul was a prisoner. Is it any wonder that Charles Wesley wrote: Thou, O Christ, art all I want, More than all in Thee I find. Moreover, it was an esoteric knowledge, open only to those who had been initiated into the mysteries of the Gnostic system.