Posted by: Craig | 19 June, 2007

Colossians (part 1)…

I have just started working my way through the book of Colossians and I shall be posting all that I learn and am amazed by over the coming weeks/months (I do not know how long it will take me). So today I shall start with Chapter 1 Verses 1-2.

(1)Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the
will of God, and Timothy our brother,
(2)To the saints and faithful brothers in
Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our
Father

This is just a greeting much like how Paul writes in the other epistles, but the words are not just meaninglessly chosen. Paul does not just say he is an apostle but that he is by the will of God, he did not choose to be an apostle of Christ but God willed it, reminding us of Gods sovereignty over everything. God could kill Paul just on his will, Paul is only able to write because God is holding the atoms and molecules in his hands together, the same way that i am only able to type this because God is allowing it willing it to happen even. The Greek for will is Thelema which is derived from the word Thelo which can mean to delight in, so God delights in his will which makes sense as God being in total sovereign control would not will anything except him to be glorified the most and he delights in his glorification.

Paul refers to Timothy as our brother and then to the saints as brothers which yes is because we are all sons and daughters of God but at the time it was new way of regarding one another and is an encouragement to those in the church of Coloassae reminding them that there is a bond between them that is more than just friendship or being part of group but they are family to one another and should serve and help and love each other accordingly.

Lastly Paul’s greeting is Grace to you and peace from God, now this greeting is beautiful. The word grace:

1. grace
a – that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech

2. good will, loving-kindness, favour
a – of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues

Paul is wishing them what brings joy, pleasure etc. and we must remember here that we experience these to the fullest through glorifying God, by definition 2 he is wishing that God will continue to increase their faith and affections to God.

Now Peace can mean free from strife and the absence of mental stress or anxiety but the definition from the middle eastern point of view the word shalom implies being intact or whole and evokes the entirety of a person or thing. So in the case of the individual have completeness from God, following what he desires and fleeing from sin, and in the context of the church he is saying be complete and worship God as one and act out his will as one and not have dissension.

These are the common greeting in Paul’s letters but seeing the passion with which he writes these letters I am sure that he sincerely means these words when he says them.

Well that is it for now so
Grace and Peace to you all.

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