Colossians 1: He is the head of the body, the church

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1. Complete Chapter

Colossians 1
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Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
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To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3
We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
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since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
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because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
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which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
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as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
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who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
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For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10
that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11
strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12
giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
13
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14
in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
15
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
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For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
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And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
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And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
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For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
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and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
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And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
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in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight;
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if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
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I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,
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of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
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the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
27
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
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To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Colossians 1:1-2

2. To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse

Colossians 1:1-2
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Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Who is this letter from?
    • Colossians 1:1
      Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
  2. Who is this letter to?  How does Paul greet them?
     
    • Colossians 1:2
      To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:3-8

3. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints

Colossians 1:3-8
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We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
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since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
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because of the hope which 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, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
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as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
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who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

  1. What did Paul do always for them?
    • Colossians 1:3
      We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
  2. What had he heard about them?
    • Colossians 1:4
      since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
  3. Where was their hope laid up for them?  What had they heard?
    • Colossians 1:5
      because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
  4. Who had the gospel come to?  Where was it bringing forth fruit?
    • Colossians 1:6
      which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
  5. Who had they learned it from?
    • Colossians 1:7
      as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
  6. What had Epaphras declared about them?
    • Colossians 1:8
      who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

Colossians 1:9-14

4. For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding

Colossians 1:9-14
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For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10
that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11
strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12
giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
13
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14
in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

  1. What did Paul not cease to do? What did he pray that they would be filled with?
    • Colossians 1:9
      For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
  2. How would this make them walk?  Who would they be fully pleasing to, and what would they be fruitful in?
    • Colossians 1:10
      that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
  3. How would they be strengthened?  What would this produce in them?
    • Colossians 1:11
      strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
  4. What has the Father qualified us to be partakers of?
    • Colossians 1:12
      giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
  5. What has He delivered us from and conveyed us into?
    • Colossians 1:13
      He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
  6. How, and through whom, do we have redemption?
    • Colossians 1:14
      in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:15-18

5. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth. visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers

Colossians 1:15-18
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He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
18
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

  1. What is Jesus the image of?  What is He the firstborn over
    • Colossians 1:15
      He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  2. What was created by Jesus? Who were they created for?
    • Colossians 1:16
      For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
  3. What is He before?  In whom do all things consist (hold together)?
    • Colossians 1:17
      And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
  4. What is He the Head of?  What is His body?  In what things will Jesus have first place (preeminence)?
    • Colossians 1:18
      And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Colossians 1:19-20

6. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven

Colossians 1:19-20
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For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

  1. What pleased the Father?
    • Colossians 1:19
      For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
  2. Where are the things, and what are the things will He reconcile to Himself?
    • Colossians 1:20
      and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Colossians 1:21-23

7. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, if indeed you continue in the faith

Colossians 1:21-23
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And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
22
in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight;
23
if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

  1. How were we once alienated from Him? What has He now done in the body of His flesh?  How will He present us?
    • Colossians 1:21
      And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
      Colossians 1:22
      in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight;
  2. For this to happen, what must we continue in?
    • Colossians 1:23
      if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Colossians 1:24-29

8. According to the stewardship from God which was given to me, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints

Colossians 1:24-29
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I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,
25
of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
26
the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
27
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that 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 mightily.

  1. What did Paul rejoice in for them?  What was lacking?  What is His body?
    • Colossians 1:24
      I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,
  2. How did Paul receive this stewardship?  What would Paul fulfill?
    • Colossians 1:25
      of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
  3. When had the mystery been hidden?  When had it been revealed?
    • Colossians 1:26
      the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
  4. What did God will to make know?  What are the riches of the glory of this mystery?  What is the hope of glory?
    • Colossians 1:27
      To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  5. How was Paul warning every man?  How did he want to present every man?
    • Colossians 1:28
      Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
  6. How did he labor to do this?
    • Colossians 1:29
      To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.