Colossians 1:10 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:10

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:10

Colossians 1:10 ESV

so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul was praying for the Colossians as followers of Christ that they would be filled with Godly wisdom so that they would be able to discern and know what God wanted from them. In order to please God, they would need to know how to live. It was not by human standards, but that of God. Praying this over them was allowing Paul to also teach them this truth. He was letting them in on a Godly secret so to speak that by understanding God’s will through His wisdom they would be able to live a life that is worthy and pleasing to God and in turn, would be profitable not only to them but also to lost souls around them that would be saved as they continued to be sanctified.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
Walking in a manner worthy of God is based on His standards and not our own. If our lives are to be pleasing to Him, then we must please Him by following His rules and commands. By doing this we will bear good fruit in what we do and we will increase in His knowledge.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Sanctification is something I desire to be able to see. Sometimes I do, but mostly it is something that I need to look at over many months and even years to see growth in. What I love about the wisdom of God, is that I can ask God to give me more of His wisdom, and He does! Immediately. This only happens though when I am walking with Him and in Him based on His desires and not my own. That wisdom is something that always bears fruit when I share Christ with others or disciples others. It always increases the knowledge of God outward to others.

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:17 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:17

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:17

Colossians 1:17 ESV

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

CONTEXT – PAST: answer what this verse meant in context to the original recipients in the past.
Before all things could mean that he has priority in time or rank. The Greek word is not clear. But in all cases, this would not matter, because all things is all things whether that is time or rank or this world and universe. This is yet another bold statement by Paul. He does not mince words and wants to make sure the Colossians have a clear and solid foundational understanding of who Jesus is. He does not want there to be any misunderstandings. Clarity is of the utmost importance for the Colossians at this time because of the false teachings that were infiltrating the church.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION – EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to everyone.
This states Jesus is outside of time as he was before all things. It also states that he is sovereign, because he is the one who holds everything together.

PERSONAL APPLICATION – PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you personally and how should you apply it today in the present.
As I move forward in my walk with Jesus, I must be doubly clear on who he is. I must require that truth of those around me too. It is important for me to be jealous for the truth of who Jesus is and not allow the postmodern world view of Jesus to be adopted by those who are my friends who claim Christ as their Savior. To uphold the Word and to uphold the majesty and true Godhead of who Jesus is, is a very important thread in my life.

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:16 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:16

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:16

Colossians 1:16 ESV

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

CONTEXT – PAST: answer what this verse meant in context to the original recipients in the past.
If there was any uncertainty in the verse 15, Paul makes it very clear in verse 16. Jesus is God.  “By him” means that it was in Jesus or by means of him.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION – EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to everyone.
Jesus created all things. All things means ALL things. They were created because of him and in him and through him and for him.

PERSONAL APPLICATION – PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you personally and how should you apply it today in the present.
Because of the fact that Jesus created everything, then he is God and we should know our rightful place. My job is to worship him, bring glory to him, and do what he asks at all costs.

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:15 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:15

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:15

Colossians 1:15 ESV

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

CONTEXT – PAST: answer what this verse meant in context to the original recipients in the past.
This was a bold statement. The Colossians were from a mixed group of religious backgrounds. Paul is claiming Jesus as God.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION – EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to everyone.
This entire passage of Colossians 1:15-23 focuses on the preeminence of Jesus. Preeminence means the superiority of Christ. Paul is calling Jesus out as the image of God and His firstborn over everything else.

PERSONAL APPLICATION – PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you personally and how should you apply it today in the present.
If Jesus is preeminent, then He would and should demand my attention and allegiance. This is an important part of raising my view of who Jesus is and how I should live my life in light of this fact.

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:14 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:14

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:14

Colossians 1:14 ESV

 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul did an excellent job in the opening portion of Colossians. I am sure the “troops” were encouraged and riled up with excitement about the letter. What a positive and uplifting opening that Paul afforded to them!

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
Jesus has redeemed us and through Him our sins are forgiven.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Thank you Jesus for forgiving my sins and giving me redemption! This is a truth that I can not fully understand but I will accept with all my heart. I desire to walk in your ways and uphold your commands. I know I mess up at times, but how beautiful it is that I am forgiven by You! The Almighty Creator of the universe!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:13 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:13

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:13

Colossians 1:13 ESV

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul is reminding the Colossians from where they came. They were sinners in darkness and under the evil domain, but are now have been moved from there to light to Jesus! Again, this verse would have gotten the readers very excited I am sure!

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
God has taken us out from under Satan’s influence and given us over to Jesus and His kingdom.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
I am a daughter of the King! My true home is a kingdom of light! No longer am I a slave to the domain of darkness. I must walk in the light and remember Who I have been transferred to!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:12 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:12

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:12

Colossians 1:12 ESV

giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Wow, these are powerful words! The Colossians must have been excited to read them. They are QUALIFIED by God and share in the INHERITANCE of other Christians! This meant that they were made right with God and worthy. To speak of an inheritance that meant they were now family or blood relatives to God.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
God has provided a way to reconcile His people to Him so they might one day join Him in Heaven.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Had I received this letter from Paul, this would be the part I would have exclaimed “AMEN!” What a blessing to really know this. I am qualified by God to be one of His children. Woohoo!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:11 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:11

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:11

Colossians 1:11 ESV

being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul is continuing his prayer for the Colossians. They were dealing with something in their culture that was confusing and frustrating to them. These words would have been a welcome encouragement and support to them

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
God’s power gives us glorious might that brings with it joyful endurance and patience.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
Again very powerful reminders that I can endure with joyful patience because of the Power that backs me. I do not have to, nor should I do things on my own strength. It is also a reminder to spread these truths as Paul is doing to other Christians who are within my scope of influence. God IS glorious and IS mighty. He is the source of patience and joy. He is the source of allowing me to endure. Thank you God!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen

Colossians 1:9 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:9

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:9

Colossians 1:9 ESV

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

PAST: answer what this verse meant to the original recipients in the PAST.
Paul continues to let them know how encouraged he is by the Colossians and, by example, is letting them know how much he is praying for them. This is teaching them that prayer is important and to pray for one another. The prayer specifically surrounds understanding God’s will and to be filled with His spiritual wisdom.

EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to EVERYONE.
Pray for others who are saved that they would be full of the wisdom of God that will bring them spiritual knowledge and understanding.

PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you and how should you apply it today in the PRESENT.
This is my prayer every day. At the end of every prayer I ask that the Holy Spirit would fill me with the wisdom of God to understand and discern His will. Godly wisdom is different from worldly wisdom. It is far richer and robust. This encourages me and reminds me to be less selfish in my prayers and to pray this for my sisters and brothers in Christ as well. The more the church as a whole is filled with the wisdom of God to understand His will, the better we will be equipped to glorify Him!

TO MY READER: Share your thoughts in the comments. Feel free to share your entire PEP so we can learn from each other. Blessings! ~ Jen