Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
C Name the author of the book of Colossians.
C Identify to whom the book of Colossians was written.
C State the purpose for the book of Colossians.
C Write the Key Verses of the book of Colossians from memory.
C State the Life and Ministry Principle for the book of Colossians.
TO WHOM: Believers at Colosse who were to share the letter with the believers at Laodecea.
PURPOSE: To deal with doctrinal issues in the church. KEY VERSES: 3:1-3
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLES: Christ is all and is in all.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Paul, Tychicus, Anesemus, Aristarchus, Markus, Justus, Epaphras, Luke, Demas, Nymphas, Archippus
I. Introduction: 1:1-14
A. Greetings: 1:1-2
1. From : Paul and Timothy: 1:1
2. To: The saints and faithful brethren in Christ at Colosse: 1 :2
3. Grace and peace from God and Jesus: 1 :2
B. Thanksgiving: 1:3-8
C. Paul’s prayer for Christians at Colosse: 1:9-14
1. Continual: 1:9
2. Desiring they might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all
wisdom and spiritual understanding : 1:9
3. That they might walk worthy of the Lord: 1:10
4. That they might be fruitful in every good work: 1: 10
5. That they might increase in the knowledge of God: 1:10
6. That they be strengthened with all might unto patience and long
suffering with joyfulness: 1:11
7. That thanks be given to the Father: 1:12-13
a. For making us partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
b. For delivering us from the power of darkness: 1:13
c. For translating us into the Kingdom of His Son: 1:13
II. The person and work of Jesus: 1:15-23
A. Lord of creation: 1:15-17
1. In relation to its origin : 1 : 1 5 -1 6
2. In relation to its continuity : 1 :1 7
B. Lord of the church: 1:18-19
1. Head of the body: 1:18
2. The beginning: 1:18
3. The firstborn from the dead: 1:18
4. He is to have preeminence in all things: 1:18
5. In Him, all fullness dwells: 1:19
C. Reconciler: 1:20-23
1. He has made peace through the blood of His cross: 1:20
2. He has reconciled all things to Himself, both in earth and Heaven: 1:20
3. Those alienated by wicked works He has reconciled: 1:21
4. Through His death, we can be presented: 1:22
c. Unreproveable in His sight.
5. We are to continue in the faith: 1:23
a. Grounded: 1:23
b. Settled : 1 : 2 3
c. Not moved from the Gospel which was: 1:23
(l) Heard by them .
(2) Preached to every creature.
(3) Whereby Paul was made a minister.
III. Paul: God’s minister of reconciliation : 1:24-2 :7
A. Sufferings: 1:24
2. With a spiritual purpose.
B. Minister of the mystery of Christ: 1:25-29
1. The circumstances of his ministry: 1:25
2. The message of his ministry: 1:26-27
a. Mystery of God: 1:26-27
b. Jesus Himself: 1:27
3. The methods of his ministry: 1:28
4. The goal of his ministry: Presenting every man perfect in Jesus: l:28
5. The power behind his ministry: Striving according to His working
which worketh mightily: 1:29
C. Desire for unity and stability in Christ: 2:1-7
1. His striving for the believers: 2 :1
a. At Colosse.
b. At Laodicea.
c. For those he has not seen.
2. The persons for whom He strives: God the Father and Christ: 2:2
3. The purpose of the striving: 2:2-7
a. That their hearts might be comforted : 2:2
b. That they might be knit together in love: 2 :2
c. Unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding: 2:2
d. That they might understand the treasures of wisdom and
knowledge hid in Christ: 2:3
e. To prevent them from being beguiled by enticing words: 2:4
f. That they might be steadfast in the faith: 2:5
g. That they might walk in Christ: 2:6
h. That they would be rooted in Him : 2:7
i. That they would be built up in Him: 2:7
j. That they would be established in the faith as they were taught:
k. That they would abound therein with thanksgiving: 2:7
IV. Christ’s Lordship over false teaching: 2:8 -3:4
A. Lord of every power: 2:8-10
1. Philosophy: 2:8
2. Vain deceit: 2:8
3. Tradition of men: 2:8
4. Rudiments of the world and not after Christ: 2:8
a. In Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily: 2:9
b. Ye are complete in Him: 2:10
c. He is the head of all principality and power: 2: 10
B. The new life: 2:11-14
1. Circumcision of the heart: 2:11
2. Buried with Him in baptism: 2:12
3. Risen with Him through faith: 2:12
4. Quickened together with Him: 2:13
5. All trespasses forgiven: 2:13
6. Eliminating the ordinances against us: 2:14
C. Conqueror of principalities and power: 2:15
1. Spoiled them: 2:15
2. Made a show of them openly: 2:15
3. Triumphing over them: 2:15
D. Practices denying Christ’s lordship: 2:1 6-3:4
1. Ritual: 2: 1 6-17
a. Meat: 2:16
b. Drink: 2:16
c. Holy days: 2:16
d. New moon: 2:16
e. Sabbath days: 2:16
2. Angel worship: A person who practices this is: 2:18-19
a. Intruding into those things which he hath not seen: 2:18
b. Vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind: 2:18
c. Not holding Christ as the Head: 2:19
(1) From which the body has nourishment.
(2) By whom we are knit together in love.
(3) By whom we increase with the increase of God.
3. Subject to rudiments of the world: 2:20-23
a. We are not to be subject to them: 2:20
b. What they concern: 2:21
c. The commandments and doctrines of men: 2:22
d. They are an outward shew: 2:23
(1) Of wisdom in will worship.
(2) Of humility.
(3) Of neglecting the body.
(4) Not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh.
4. Worldly, temporal affections: 3:1-4
a. Seek those things above: 3:1
b. Set your affections on things above, not on this earth: 3:2
c. This is possible because of your union with Jesus: 3:3
(1) Past: Ye were raised with Christ: 3:3
(2) Present: Your life is hid with Christ in God: 3:3
(3) Future: When Christ shall appear, then shall ye also appear
with Him in glory: 3:4
V. Christ’s lordship and the Christian life : 3:5-4:6
A. We are responsible to mortify our fleshly desires: 3:5
B. The wrath of God comes on those who disobey and walk in these desires: 3:6
C. In times past, we walked in these sinful ways but now we are to put them off:
D. Old life to put off: 3:5-9
1. Fornication : 3:5
2. Uncleanness: 3:5
3. Inordinate affection : 3:5
4. Evil concupiscence: 3:5
5. Covetousness which is idolatry: 3:5-7
6. Anger: 3:8
7. Wrath: 3:8
8. Malice: 3:8
9. Blasphemy: 3:8
10. Filthy communication out of your mouth : 3:8
11. Lies: 3 :9
E. New life to put on: 3:10-17
1. The new man: 3:10
a. Which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that
created him: 3:10
b. In whom there is no division: 3:11
2. Bowels of mercies: 3:12
3. Kindness: 3:12
4. Humbleness of mind: 3:12
5. Meekness: 3:12
6. Long suffering: 3:12
7. Forbearing: 3:13
8. Forgiveness: 3:13
9. Charity: 3:14
10. The peace of God: 3:15
11. Unity in the body: 3:15
12. Thankfulness: 3:15
13. God’s Word dwelling in you richly: 3:16
a. In all wisdom .
c. Admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
14. Good works: 3:17
a. Both word and deed.
b. To be done in the name of Jesus.
c. Giving thanks to God.
F. Special situations: 3 :18-4 :6
1. Home: 3:18-21
a. Wives: 3:18
b. Husbands: 3:19
c. Children: 3:20
d. Fathers: 3:21
2. Work relationships: 3:22 ; 4:1
a. Obey your masters: 3:22
b. Serve as unto Christ: 3:22
c. Masters are to give servants that which is just and equal: 4:1
3. General guidelines: 3:23-25
a. Do all as unto the Lord and not unto men: 3:23
b. Recognize that you serve the Lord and from Him you will receive
your reward: 3:24
c. Understand that those who do wrong will receive justice from
VI. Final instructions: 4:2-6
A. Duty of prayer: 4:2-4
1. Responsibility to continue in prayer: 4:2
2. To watch with thanksgiving: 4:2
3. To pray for open doors for those spreading the Gospel: 4:3-4
B. Duty of witness: 4:5-6
1. Proper walk in wisdom : 4:5
2. Proper use of time : 4:5
3. Proper speech: 4 :6
a. With grace.
b. Seasoned with salt.
c. With knowledge of how to answer every man.
VII. Closing: 4:7-18
A. Personal greetings: 4:7-17
1. The bearers of the letter: 4:7-9
a. Tychicus: 4:7-8
b. Onesimus: 4:9
2. Greetings from his companions: 4:10-14
3. Salutations to the Laodiceans and command to have the epistle read
there also: 4 : 1 5- 16
4. A special message to Arcippus: 4:17
B. Salutation: 4:18
1. By the hand of Paul.
2. Request to remember his bonds.
3. Grace be with you.