Oct. 30 – (Col. 1:1-2) Let’s get a little background as we read and study Colossians.  Paul wrote this letter to Christians living in the small city of Colossae.  It was probably written C. A.D. 62, while Paul was in prison in Rome (acts 27-28).  This was about the same time he wrote Ephesians and Philemon.  All three letters were sent with Tychicus and Onesimus.

                A dangerous teaching was threatening the church at Colossae, one that lessened Christ’s role and undermined the new identity of believers “in Christ” (1:2, 28).  Paul wrote to warn against this false teaching and to encourage the believers in their growth toward Christian maturity.  He emphasizes Christ’s authority over all evil powers. Christians are united with the risen Christ, and therefore they share in His power and authority.  Paul also encourages these to fight against sin, pursue holiness, and live as distinctive Christian homes.

                Have you ever planted a garden (or even just one flower or vegetable) from seed? You put it in the ground, cover it with rich soil, water it, and wait.  After a week or two you see green things pushing up out of the soil and it’s just amazing that something you initiated, God did His work and wa-la you have growth and a beginning that only God can create and transform, as you are faithful to nurture it.  I think Paul felt this way about the Christians at Colossae.  To what extent would you say the seed of “the word of truth, the Gospel” is evident (growing up out of the dirt) in your own life?  Okay then, how are you “planting seeds” in another person’s life?  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father (Col. 1:2 b).”

Oct. 31 – (Col. 1:3-8) “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.” Who do you pray for?  How often do you pray for them?  Do you thank God for everyone you pray for?  Do you thank God and pray for those you are struggling with??   Selah!

Nov. 1 – (Col. 1:9-10) If you are going to memorize any passage and put it to use this week verses 9-14 might be it. Let me just repeat them. “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; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long suffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Amen

                What would it do if we just prayed verses 9-10 over those in our prayer list?  What if you had all those who pray for you, praying these 2 verses for you?  Have you ever thought about people who pray for you?  It connects and ties you to them in a most binding way!  We are brothers and sisters in Christ!

Nov. 2 – (Col. 1:11-14) “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” I’m stuck on that word qualified.  God qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints!  We know how He chose to do it.  He did it by sending His only Son to die for all the things I’ve done or will do that disqualify me.  Yes, I am so thankful!  This is amazing love!

Nov. 3 – (Col. 1:15-20) These verses brings to light one of those mysteries of the triune God.  It brings Jesus in as creator of the world (vv. 15-17) and the supreme redemption of the world He created (vv. 18-20).  If we are going to continue to grow we need to realize and remember (as Paul was needing the Colossae Christians to know) that Christ is the creator and the redeemer of our lives.  In this realization, how does that affect your home and family life, your work and volunteer life, your church and your life as a citizen?

Nov. 4 – (Col. 1:21-23) The people of Colossae were a people who were considered outsiders to the Jewish people, never allowed or invited in. But now the death of King Jesus has opened the door for the Colossian Christians to be warmly welcomed in and learning to become an heir of the king… a son or daughter.  This was Paul’s joy, to suffer so they would know what that invitation was all about and more importantly who had the authority to send that invitation to them.

Nov. 5 – (Col. 1:24-29) “…I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions…” (v. 24).  This phrase does not mean there is any deficiency in Christ’s atoning death and suffering on the cross (see Heb. 9:12, 24-26; 10:14).  What was “lacking” in Christ’s afflictions was the future suffering that Paul and others will experience for the sake of the gospel (compare Phil. 2:30), where Paul tells the Philippians that Epaphroditus risked his life “to complete what was lacking in your service to me”.  This gives us a better picture, doesn’t it?  It’s amazing to me how I can read the scriptures and just float over phrases that don’t really make sense but when I take time to study and little more, it brings more “light” to the meaning.  Study on dear pilgrim!