Colossians 4:7-18

Paul ends the letter by sending greetings from those who are with him and giving instructions regarding the distribution of the epistle.  These verses do not contain doctrine per se, but by discussing people in the ministry they provide both encouragement about life in Christ and a sobering reminder of the fallibility of man. 7-9 […]

Colossians 4:2-6

Paul wraps up his admonitions to Christian living by turning the focus outside the church.  To this point he has instructed the Colossians on how to live within the community and interact with fellow believers.  Now he commands them to look outside the body as well.  Every believer lives under the final words of Christ […]

Colossians 3:18-4:1 (Part 2)

Paul takes what he said in verses 12-17 about interacting with one another generally and applies it very specifically to family relationships.  He instructs believers who are free in Christ and who know there are no longer any distinctions between them in Christ how to relate to each other in a household now based in […]

Colossians 3:18-4:1 (Part 1)

Paul takes what he said in verses 12-17 about interacting with one another generally and applies it very specifically to family relationships.  He instructs believers who are free in Christ and who know there are no longer any distinctions between them in Christ how to relate to each other in a household now based in […]

Colossians 3:12-17

Paul mentioned the new self in verse 10 and said it was being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.  He also said that Christ is all and in all.  In light of those truths, he now explains what the new self looks like.  If our identity […]

Luke 2:1-18

Luke 2 is really the quintessential Christmas passage.  It’s the most complete account of the birth of the Messiah and the text most people associate with Christmas.  It’s not, however, simply a narrative.  In Luke’s telling he gives us a picture of how God sovereignly works; of how God is the God of power and […]

Colossians 3:5-11

Since we have been raised with Christ and now seek the things above, where Christ is, we no longer seek the things of this world.  This results in holiness – it can do nothing else.  Death, burial, resurrection and living in union with Someone else change us.  They have a drastic effect on sexual purity […]