Sunday, February 28, 2010

Putting Christ First: Introduction and Outline Of Colossians

Colossians:

Background:

Paul had never seen these believers in person (Col. 2:1). Epaphras may have been instrumental in starting the church (1:7; cf. 4:12-13), during Paul's three year ministry in Ephesus, when "all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord" (Acts 19:10). Apparently, Epaphras informed Paul (who was imprisoned in Rome (Acts 21:17-28:31), of the empty philosophy which was influencing the Colossians (2:8-23).

Purpose:

To refute the heretical influence of man-made philosophy, by imparting the spiritual wisdom of Christ, so believers will bear the fruit of God in their daily walk (1:9-10).  
 
Contents:

1:1 - 2:15 show why Christ is first, or chief, presenting Him as the fulness of Deity in bodily form, the wisdom who makes believers complete, and the head over all rule and authority. 2:8-23 warns believers not to be taken captive by or submit to the decrees of philosophy, empty deceit, legalism, mysticism, or any other man-made religion. Chapters 3 - 4:6 show how to walk according to our complete position in Christ. 4:7-18 gives closing remarks.

Theme: You should put Christ first

General Outline:

1) Reasons

Introduction (1:1-12)

A. Because He redeemed all believers (1:13-14)

B. Because He created all things (1:15-16)

C. Because He sustains all things (1:17)

D. Because He heads all things (1:18)

E. Because He reconciled all things (1:20-23)

F. Because He completes all believers (1:24 - 2:15)

2) Ways

A. By rejecting empty philosophy (2:8-23)

B. By setting your mind on Christ (3:1-4)

C. By putting off the old man (3:5-9)

D. By putting on the new man (3:10 - 4:6)

Closing remarks (4:7-17)

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