Thursday, September 27, 2012

Colossians Overview

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As I have explained in the past, one of the reasons I am doing this blog is I am curious to see what kind of messages one might get from reading the bible. What might one learn as a take-away. Here is my quick summary of the good and bad from Colossians.

(note: the chapter link takes you to my page on that chapter, the verse link takes you to the verse on


2:3-4 Know as much as possible about Jesus so you won't be tricked by specious arguments

"in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments."

2:18,23 Laws about restricting indulgence and 'severity to the body' have no value

"Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind"

"These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh."

3:12-15 Do good things (compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another, forgiveness, love, peace)

4:6 Be polite with people you disagree with

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."


1:21-22 You are evil without God and blameless with him

"And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 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"

1:24 More glorification of suffering

"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake..."

2:8 Ignore philosophy and science if it contradicts Jesus

"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."

3:5 Sexual repression

"Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry."

3:7 attribute negative attributes on non-christians (probably best viewed in context)

"In these you too once walked, when you were living in them."

3:18 misogynist garbage

"Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord"

3:20 Obey your parent no matter what

"Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord."

3:22 approves of slavery

"Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord."

4:1 We are slaves of God

"Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven."

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