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In Colossians, He's the Godhead Trinity
...a first glance...
The book of Colossians was written by Paul while he was in prison in Rome (circa 60-62 AD) about the same time he wrote his letters to the churches and Ephesus and Philippi. His purpose for this letter to the church in Colosse was to encourage them in their faith as believers as they were being bombarded by heretical teachings. Paul did not himself plant this church in Colosse; but, it is thought, by some, that perhaps he preached at this church throughout his earlier missions trips.
What this church in Colosse was being faced with was a mixture of false teachings that included one part Greek philosophy, one part Christian theology, and one part Judeo-Christian religiosity. Basically, when all three parts of their confusion was mixed together in one pot, the end result was a question of legalism verses truth and Truth (Jesus). Paul wanted the Colossian church to have total and complete understanding and dependence on the sufficiency and provision of God. They needed to know, and understand, that the Gospel was (and is for even us today) the absolute standard of life.
the Ten Commandments
Then and Now
If the book of Colossians is a letter that Paul wrote to the church in Colosse, why would it be so imperative that we study it for today?
In the era we find ourselves in today, we are witnesses to an atomic age, a space age, a technology, the New Age movement (which really isn't new). All these ages put together only feed the age-old lie that Satan gives us...that we can believe in ourselves an in our ability to solve our problems on our own. But...really all this lie does is compound secular humanism and religious syncretism, which is a big word that means the merging of many religions to justify our actions without having to be accountable to the One True God. We see this syncretism in the worship of idols by the name of materialism, cosmos worship, the New Age movement (again, not a a new movement), self-achievement, self-potential, and others of the like. All these promote a rejection of the Biblical revelation of God as revealed in Jesus, the Christ. It's like the Baskin Robbins© ice cream shop that advertises 31 flavors of ice cream, all available at your own whim. We provide for ourselves flavors such as homosexuality, feminism, hedonism (the pursuit of pleasure that gives the highest degree of good for self), and the most picked flavor of all...pride.
It was Satan's pride of self that was the causal root of his expulsion from Heaven. Isaiah 14:12-15--"How you have fallen from Heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to Heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit."
It was the pride of our first parents that they were expelled from the Garden of Eden, thus imputing (attributing to us) the very nature of sin, pride at its center. Genesis 3:1-7--"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God really say, "You must not eat from any tree in the garden."?' The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, "You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.".' 'You will not surely die,' the serpent said to the woman. 'For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig eaves together and made coverings for themselves."
So, what do we do?
The very way we view Jesus will impact every, and I can't stress that enough...EVERY...area of our lives. Do we simply rely on practical living (getting up, showering, going to work, eating supper, going to bed, et cetera) or do we fully rely on God (FROG)?
We no longer submit to the laws of sin, there's no reason for us to. Colossians 2:20--"Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules?" Christ died and rose again, we are forgiven. Let me say that again...CHRIST DIED AND ROSE AGAIN, WE ARE FORGIVEN. We have died with Christ, and as Christ rose from the dead, He provided for our resurrection into life everlasting. We live in Christ as Christ lives in us. There's no reason for us to go back, our old selves are dead, no reason to go back and try to resurrect something that is dead when the resurrection of our new selves has been given.
This "right living", or the following of the absolute moral standards of life, as stated a moment ago, will impact every area of our lives. Wives will give submission to their husbands as the leaders and heads of the families as does the Church of God (not the denomination) submit herself to the leadership and headship of Jesus. Husbands will lead their families in righteousness and purity as does Jesus lead His church, His bride, in righteousness and purity. Children will obey and honor their parents (and this is fifth of the Ten Commandments) for this gives honor and glory and praise to God. The hierarchy of the family falls into God's ordained order. And brother will love brother, sister will love sister, and neighbor will love neighbor because God is placed in supreme priority in all we are and in all we do. John 15:17--"'This is My command: Love each other.'"
"We All Need"
the name of JESUS
The name of Jesus in the ancient text of the 1st century, reading from left to right as shown in the accompany picture, is read as Yeshua (yod-shin-vav-ayin [y-sh-oo-a]).
In the Greek language, Yeshua was translated into Jesus, and in the Hebrew language, Yeshua was translated into Joshua. At it's very core, Yeshua means "the Lord, or YAHWEH, is salvation". The parallel between Joshua, of the Old Testament, and Jesus, of the New Testament, is that Joshua led his people into the Promised Land (Israel) by crossing the Jordan River, much as Jesus leads His people into the Promised Land (Heaven) through the shedding of His blood.
In First and Second Thessalonians, we will encounter some basic problems that plague Christians, mostly those doctrinal beliefs surrounding the return of Jesus. The truth and the Truth (Jesus) is given as absolute.