Hey guys! Today I thought it would be fun to do a follow along type of Bible study through Colossians 1. I know it can be kind of tricky to understand some parts of the Bible or context, so hopefully this helps you guys. I will be using Enduring Word for some info (which I highly recommend!). Also, if you follow along, tag me in your Bible study pictures on Instagram 🙂
Before I start my Bible study, I always choose a color code so that I can read through it easier.
Purple – inspiration
Light pink – important
Coral – things to do or work on
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Paul is the author of Colossians and he actually wrote this while in prison. There were false teachers teaching that God wasn’t really God, so Paul addresses this in Colossians while teaching about who God really is. In the beginning of the book, he speaks about the issue and also prays for the church of Colosse.
When Paul prays for the Colossians, he made sure to give thanks for several things. Verse 4 explains the things that he is thankful for, including their true faith in Jesus Christ, their love and the hope that is laid up for them in heaven. He was thankful (5) that the word of the truth, the gospel, was bearing fruit even while he was in prison.
We can learn a lot from what Paul prays about next in verse 9! He starts by praying that they understand the knowledge of God’s will. It is important that we understand who God is and what He wants us to do. In verse 10, Paul prays that they would live accordingly to that knowledge, that they would live their lives worthy of God. It is one thing to understand or have knowledge of what God tells us to do, but it is another thing to do it. He also prays that they bear fruits in EVERY good work and increase in their knowledge of God. This verse is super important for a few different reasons. When we are living for God we will bear fruits in everything that we do. What are the fruits? Things like love, joy, peace, kindness, etc. These are all things that we should be striving to produce with our works. This verse also says every good work. Everything we do should produce these amazing things and we should also be taking the opportunities to produce them. Paul is telling us here how we can really walk in a way that pleases the Lord. We continue to grow our knowledge of Him and we bear good fruit in our good works. Paul also reminds us that we are strengthened through God when we are living like he wants us to be (11).
I really love verse 12 because it tells us that God is the one who qualifies us. We may think that we qualify ourselves, but it is really God. He is the one who qualifies us for redemption. It is not the works we do or how we act, it is God. Verses 11 and 12 serve as a good reminder for me. God qualifies us AND He gives us strength to do what he calls us to do! He also rescued us from the darkness (Satan) and brought us to His own kingdom. We are truly free from the darkness and sin that seeks to hold us down because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross! (13-14) Now, what is this darkness that he is referring to? It is obviously evil, but what is it? This darkness can be concealed as many things that we need to be on the lookout for. It can be something that sounds really cool or something that will help us escape. Sin is tempting, but it is evil and will lead to death.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
In verse 15 Paul tells us who Jesus is. He is the image of God. He is a reflection of who God is and is the author of all creation. Jesus created this world and it can be easy to overlook it’s beauty. Paul understands that Jesus is the beginning and is not only the creator, but the one who sustains everything as well (17). Through Him everything was made and survives. But he saved each of us who are sinners and doing evil things from eternity in hell and washed us clean from our sins (21-22). Verse 23 says that we should continue in faith! It is important that we continue to act in a Godly was but we also have to remember that that isn’t what saves us.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Remember that Paul is in prison at the moment, but he is rejoicing in his sufferings because he isn’t suffering for himself, he is suffering for Jesus (24). Paul wanted to make the word of God fully known because the gospel is amazing news! (25) This should be our goal as well. Verse 27 talks about the hope of glory for Christians which is Christ in us. It doesn’t have anything to do with our good works or how much money we donate, it all is due to Jesus.
Lastly, Paul talks about his preaching and the goals for his preaching. He teaches about Jesus, nothing else and his goal is to bring everyone to Jesus. Paul’s teaching was for every man and was strengthened by God!
Thank you for reading. Let me know if you want me to go over any other books of the Bible or any specific topics you want to see a post about! Also, don’t forget to subscribe by scrolling all the way down and entering your email.