PA284 Colossians 4:2-9 mp3

In this message, the Lord urges the Colossians to persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving. They are to pray for Paul and Timothy as well, that they may have a door of utterance, to make plain the secret as they ought to do. The Colossians should walk in wisdom toward those outside the faith, taking every opportunity. Their words should be gracious, seasoned like salt seasons food. Paul was going to send Tychicus to them to let them know his affairs and how he was doing. Onesimus, the runaway slave we read about in Philemon, will also be coming to them, and will help Tychicus make his report.

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PA283 Colossians 3:16 – 4:1 mp3

In this message, Paul urges the Colossians to let the word of Christ dwell in them richly, and to express themselves in His name, remaining always thankful. Then he talks about submission in our common, day-to-day relationships. Wives should submit to husbands, and husbands should self-sacrificially love their wives. Children should hearken submissively to their parents, and fathers should not vex their children to keep them from being disheartened. Slaves should hearken submissively to their masters, working from the soul, knowing that their true reward for service comes from their heavenly Master, Who will be the One to finally call them into account. Masters should treat their slaves justly and equitably, knowing that their Master in heaven will favor no one, including them.

PA282 Colossians 3:10-15 mp3

In this message, Paul urges the Colossians to put on the new humanity like one would put on new clothes, resulting in a new lifestyle or way of living. Christ is all in this new humanity, and all other distinctions are erased. Paul lists the kinds of behaviors that are fitting for this new humanity. This sums it up: we should deal graciously with each other as God deals graciously with us. Over all we should put on self-sacrificing love, the uniting bond of maturity. Finally, we should let the peace of Christ settle all questionings in our hearts and be thankful.

PA281 Colossians 3:3-9 mp3

In this message, we discuss our lives being hidden with Christ in God. No one can see the life you have in Christ. A photograph would not reveal it. Yet when Christ, our life, is manifested, we who are in Him will be manifested to the world as well. We should put to death our members on the earth, putting off the old humanity with its evil deeds. As in the One Who is the Truth, we should put off lying to one another, stripping off these old behaviors like dirty clothes.

PA280 Colossians 2:19-3:2 mp3

In this message, Paul warns the Colossians to let no one be arbitrating against them regarding food, drink, dress, and so forth. No ritual regarding angels should be a part of a believer’s life. Too many believers take a stand on those things they have seen, rather than on the Word of God. Does this have anything to do with rewards, as in the KJV? All these things are not properly holding the head, Jesus Christ. Having died with Christ, we should not subject ourselves to this world’s decrees, which often appear wise but do not have any real value before God. Instead, since we are raised with Christ, we should seek those things which are above, setting our minds on them, rather than on things on the earth. We discuss why this is only truth for this dispensation in which we live.

PA279 Colossians 2:11-17 mp3

In this message, we consider the glorious reality of our completeness in Christ. We are circumcised with a circumcision made without hands. We are buried with Christ in baptism, one that is done without water. Having been dead in offenses and the uncircumcision of our flesh, we are now made alive jointly with Christ. He erased the writing of the true bill against us by nailing it to His cross. He spoiled rulers and authorities by the cross, triumphing over them all. We should therefore not be concerned with rules about eating and drinking, holy days, Sabbath days, and such like, for these things are only a shadow, and we have the reality behind the shadow, which is Christ.

PA278 Colossians 2:4-10 mp3

In this message, Paul expresses his desire that none of the Colossians will be enticed with persuasive words to look for other sources of wisdom than Christ. They are to remember Paul and know that in spirit he is with them, rejoicing to bold their order and stability in Christ. Just as they received Christ Jesus the Lord, so they should walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and super-abounding with thanksgiving. They should beware that no one makes a spoil of them through philosophy and empty seduction. Instead, they should be in accord with Christ, for all the fullness of the Deity dwells in Him bodily. We are complete in Him. This is a profound statement, and we should be careful to follow it out to all its conclusions.

PA277 Colossians 1:25-2:3 mp3

Colossians Series 7

In this message, Paul explains that he became a dispense of truth to the ekklesia by God’s choice. The truth he proclaimed was that of the mystery or secret among the nations which is Christ among them. He had formerly been among the Israelites, but now all nations are equal, as Ephesians 3:6 makes clear. Paul and his company labor and toil to encourage believers to leave their old lives behind and to reach maturity in Christ. Paul is concerned for the Colossians and all other believers who have never met him in the flesh. He wants their hearts to be encouraged as they face the world, and he wants most of all for them to have a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.

PA276 Colossians 1:20-24 mp3

Colossians Series 6

In this message, we continue to consider the important 20th verse of Colossians 1, and the fact that Christ is going to metamorphose all rulers and authorities to Himself. The Colossians were at one time far from the truth in their thinking, but now they too had been metamorphosed into conformity to Christ. Christ has chosen them to be hallowed and flawless and blameless in His order to come. Then, we consider the gospel, which already had been proclaimed in every creation under heaven. What important truth does this tell us about the cessation of the Acts period?

PA275 Colossians 1:18-20 mp3

Colossians Series 5

In this message, we consider Christ as the Head of the Body, the Church. What does it mean that He is the Head, and what is meant by a head? What is the Body spoken of here? Does it mean a human body, or something else? What is the Church? Does this speak of the human organizations we see on every hand, or something else entirely? Then, all Divine fullness dwells in Christ. He reconciles all to Himself. Does this mean universalism? Are all, even Satan and the demons, ultimately going to be saved?

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