[Linux4christians] Missing Colossians 1:21-29 from Monday's Study
pastordavid at bibleseven.com
Tue Oct 20 21:34:58 EDT 2009
I apologize for the editing error - here is the commentary
for Colossians 1:21-29 - Missing from the Monday Study:
Verses 1:21-23 appear to create some conflict with Paul's
prior teaching on the assurance (permanence) of salvation,
once received, but the appearance is the result of
translation ambiguity as the correct Word of God is never
self-contradictory -- any "error" is always on the part of
the reader and/or the translator, God never errs. What Paul
has said here is that "... by His physical body"
[Jesus-the-man] He became the substitutionary sacrifice for
man, despite our "evil deeds" which "expressed" our "minds"
as "one time strangers and enemies". This provision creates
the potential to "... present you holy, without blemish, and
blameless before Him", which is necessary given that no
imperfect being and no being capable of rebellion will ever
be permitted in heaven again. In order to properly
understand the first half of 1:23 one must understand the
context of the second half "... from the hope of the gospel
that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all
creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its
servant." Paul is speaking of evangelism and not concluded
salvation and/or discipleship of believers - there is not a
presumption that everyone in his audience is saved, nor
should that presumption ever be made - even in a gathering
designed for believers. Only God knows for sure;
therefore, "... if indeed you remain in the faith,
established [this term means saved] and firm [doubt
precludes salvation], without shifting from the hope of the
gospel [it is no longer "hope" once one has been saved, it
is a promise].
Paul then explains that his ministry was to "... complete
the Word of God", which may be taken to refer to his
writings and to his effort to evangelize all of the known
world - as he had already been "to Judah and Samaria". His
message "... the glorious riches of this mystery [Christ's
salvation of the "saints"] among the Gentiles, which is
Christ in you, the hope of glory."
Then Paul explains how this evangelistic mission will be
accomplished "We proclaim Him by instructing [evangelizing]
and teaching [discipling] all people with all the wisdom so
that we may present every person mature in Christ.
He concludes "Toward this goal I also labor, struggling
according to his power that powerfully works in me."
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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