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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Colossians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Colossians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In Colossians, Paul encourages the Colossian Christians to see Jesus as the center of all reality, so they don’t give in to pressure from other religions.

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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the


IF Ephesians can be labeled the epistle portraying the “church of Christ,” then
Colossians must surely be the “Christ of the church.” Ephesians focuses on the
body; Colossians focuses on the Head. Like Ephesians, the little Book of Colossians
divides neatly in half with the first portion doctrinal (1 and 2) and the second
practical (3 and 4). Paul’s purpose is to show that Christ is preeminent—first
and foremost in everything—and the Christian’s life should reflect that priority.
Because believers are rooted in Him, alive in Him, hidden in Him, and complete in
Him, it is utterly inconsistent for them to live life without Him. Clothed in His love,
with His peace ruling in their hearts, they are equipped to make Christ first in
every area of life.
This epistle became known as Pros Kolossaeis, “To the Colossians,” because of
1:2. Paul also wanted it to be read in the neighboring church at Laodicea (4:16).



1 PAUL, aan apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

2 To the saints aand faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:

bGrace to you and peace from God our Father 1and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Their Faith in Christ

3 aWe give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 asince we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of byour love for all the saints;
5 because of the hope awhich is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
6 which has come to you, aas it has

CHAPTER 1 References

1 aEph. 1:1
2 a1 Cor. 4:17
bGal. 1:3 1NU
omits and the
Lord Jesus
3 aPhil. 1:3
4 aEph. 1:15
b[Heb. 6:10] 5 a[1 Pet. 1:4] 6 aMatt. 24:14
bJohn 15:16
cEph. 3:2 1NU,
M add and
7 aPhilem. 23
b2 Cor. 11:23
8 aRom. 15:30
9 aEph.
b1 Cor. 1:5
c[Rom. 12:2] dEph. 1:8
10 aEph. 4:1
b1 Thess. 4:1
cHeb. 13:21
d2 Pet. 3:18
11 a[Eph. 3:16;
6:10] bEph. 4:2
c[Acts 5:41]

also in all the world, and bis bringing forth 1fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew cthe grace of God in truth;
7 as you also learned from aEpaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is ba faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
8 who also declared to us your alove in the Spirit.

Preeminence of Christ

9 aFor this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask bthat you may be filled with cthe knowledge of His will din all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 athat you may walk worthy of the Lord, bfully pleasing Him, cbeing fruitful in every good work and increasing in the dknowledge of God;
11 astrengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, bfor all patience and longsuffering cwith joy;

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12 agiving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of bthe inheritance of the saints in the light.
13 He has delivered us from athe power of darkness band 1conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14 ain whom we have redemption 1through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is athe image of the invisible God, bthe firstborn over all creation.
16 For aby Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or bdominions or 1principalities or 2powers. All things were created cthrough Him and for Him.
17 aAnd He is before all things, and in Him ball things consist.
18 And aHe is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, bthe firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ

19 For it pleased the Father that ain Him all the fullness should dwell,
20 and aby Him to reconcile ball things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, chaving made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, awho once were alienated and enemies in your mind bby wicked works, yet now He has creconciled
22 ain the body of His flesh through death, bto present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—
23 if indeed you continue ain the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are bnot moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, cwhich was preached to every creature under heaven, dof which I, Paul, became a minister.

Sacrificial Service for Christ

24 aI now rejoice in my sufferings bfor you, and fill up in my flesh cwhat is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for dthe sake of His body, which is the church,
25 of which I became a minister according to athe 1stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
26 athe 1mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, bbut now has been revealed to His saints.
27 aTo them God willed to make known what are bthe riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: 1which is cChrist in you, dthe hope of glory.
28 Him we preach, awarning every man and teaching every man in all

12 a[Eph. 5:20] bEph. 1:11
13 aEph. 6:12
b2 Pet. 1:11
14 aEph. 1:7
1NU,M omit
through His
15 a2 Cor. 4:4
bRev. 3:14
16 aHeb. 1:2, 3
b[Eph. 1:20, 21] cHeb. 2:10
17 a[John 17:5] bHeb. 1:3
18 aEph. 1:22
bRev. 1:5
19 aJohn 1:16
20 aEph. 2:14
b2 Cor. 5:18
cEph. 1:10
21 a[Eph. 2:1] bTitus 1:15
c2 Cor. 5:18, 19
22 a2 Cor. 5:18
b[Eph. 5:27] 23 aEph. 3:17
b[John 15:6] cCol. 1:6
dCol. 1:25
24 a2 Cor. 7:4
bEph. 3:1, 13
c[2 Cor. 1:5;
12:15] dEph.
25 aGal. 2:7
or administration
26 a[1 Cor. 2:7] b[2 Tim. 1:10] 1secret or hidden
27 a2 Cor. 2:14
bRom. 9:23
c[Rom. 8:10, 11] d1 Tim. 1:1 1M
28 aActs 20:20
bEph. 5:27
29 aEph. 3:7

CHAPTER 2 References

1 aPhil. 1:30
2 1NU omits
both of the
Father and
3 a1 Cor. 1:24,
4 aRom. 16:18
5 a1 Thess. 2:17
b1 Cor. 14:40
c1 Pet. 5:9 1Lit.
and seeing
6 a1 Thess. 4:1
7 aEph. 2:21
1NU omits in it
8 aGal. 1:14
bGal. 4:3, 9, 10
1Lit. plunder
you or take
you captive
9 a[John 1:14] 1in bodily form
10 a[Eph. 1:20, 21] 1rule and authority
11 aDeut. 10:16 bRom. 6:6; 7:24 1NU omits of
the sins 12 aRom. 6:4 bEph. 1:19, 20 cActs 2:24
14 a[Eph. 2:15, 16] 1certificate of debt with its

wisdom, bthat we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me amightily.

Not Philosophy but Christ


1 For I want you to know what a great aconflict1 I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, 1both of the Father and of Christ,
3 ain whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 Now this I say alest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.
5 For athough I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing 1to see byour good order and the csteadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 aAs you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
7 arooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding 1in it with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest anyone 1cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to athe tradition of men, according to the bbasic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For ain Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead 1bodily;
10 and you are complete in Him, who is the ahead of all 1principality and power.

Not Legalism but Christ

11 In Him you were also acircumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by bputting off the body 1of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
12 aburied with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through bfaith in the working of God, cwho raised Him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
14 ahaving wiped out the 1handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

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15 aHaving disarmed bprincipalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
16 So let no one ajudge you in food or in drink, or regarding a 1festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
17 awhich are a shadow of things to come, but the 1substance is of Christ.
18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has 1not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 and not holding fast to athe Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, bgrows with the increase that is from God.
20 1Therefore, if you adied with Christ from the basic principles of the world, bwhy, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—
21 a“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”
22 which all concern things which perish with the using—aaccording to the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 aThese things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and 1neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

15 a[Is. 53:12] bEph. 6:12
16 aRom. 14:3
1feast day
17 aHeb. 8:5;
10:1 1Lit. body
18 1NU omits
19 aEph. 4:15
bEph. 1:23;
20 aRom. 6:2–5
bGal. 4:3, 9
1NU, M omit
21 a1 Tim. 4:3
22 aTitus 1:14
23 a1 Tim. 4:8
1severe treatment,

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Trust in the Salvation of the LORD

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 HOW long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? aHow long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

PSALM 13 References

1 aJob 13:24;
Ps. 89:46
3 a1 Sam.
14:29; Ezra
9:8; Job 33:30;
Ps. 18:28 bJer.

3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; aEnlighten my eyes, bLest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him”; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

5 But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.




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