Colossians 1:15-23 He Is

From before time began until eternity, Jesus is Lord!

Paul goes to great length to share Jesus’ deity and authority. He starts before the beginning of time and goes all the way through his present day. He has not changed since then to our present day and he never will. He is Lord of ALL.

“If you have seen Me you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus said these very words to His disciples. Paul explains Jesus as “the image of the invisible God” (verse 15a). He is the form we see in the exact personification of our God whom we can’t see, yet. Read more »

Colossians 1:1-14 Prayers For Colossians

The light of truth passed on from one to another. That’s how the body of Christ grows.

We are introduced to another church body Paul feels strongly for. He didn’t plant this church himself but his love for this group compels him to give them a poignant lessen and a warning.

This church was started by Epaphras. My bible helps tells me that he most likely studied under Paul in Ephesus and came back to his hometown to share what he had learned. This is how the gospel is supposed to spread and how it still does today in many areas. It is like lighting a candle and letting that candle light another and another and another. Read more »

Philippians 4:21-23 Farewell Philippians

ALL the saints bid you good-bye

Paul is closing his letter with a farewell to his Philippian friends. In this farewell though, he can’t help squeezing in a little praise report.

This letter from Paul has been a positive one. Very little correction or redirection was involved. He did lightly address discord between two women but that seemed to be minor. The majority of the letter focused on praise.

Paul focused on praise for the support he received from this group. They had been with him from the beginning of his ministry. They were one of the churches he planted on his first missionary journey and they were thriving under the Holy Spirit’s direction. Read more »

Philippians 4:10-20 In All Circumstances

Sometimes He calms the storm, sometimes He calms His child

Paul is taking a moment to say “thank you” for the support he has received from this church body. They have been a great help to him over the years. But regardless of his need or abundance, he has learned to lean on God and be content.

I wonder if Paul ever had an “Elijah moment” (1 Kings 19) where he grumbled at his calling. If he did, we don’t see it. He has had MANY opportunities to become discouraged. Beaten, run out of towns, plotted against, shipwrecked, stoned, in prison, in chains for years without any charges being levied. But he also had MANY opportunities to rejoice. He saw hundreds of people turn to Jesus, performed countless miracles in Jesus’ name, planted and nourished churches all over, stood before kings and rulers while the Holy Spirit provided him with what to say, and personally witnessed and participated in the spread of the Kingdom of God on earth. Read more »

Philippians 4:2-9 Do Not Be Anxious

Focus on praise not problems. That’s how to turn and anxious heart into a thankful heart

Paul is ending with a little encouragement and light redirection. The key point in his exhortation is to be at peace in God, with one another and within one’s self.

When Paul is addressing these two spiritual sisters, Euodia and Syntyche, he tells them “to agree in the Lord” (verse 2). I take it for some reason these two ladies were at loggerheads over something. He didn’t tell them they had to agree about everything but as it pertains to the Lord and His work, he instructed them to come together. They were both helpers to him and had worked alongside him for the gospel. Paul was also certain they were true believers as he said their names were in the book of life. But for some reason they didn’t get along with one another. Read more »