Colossians 1:21-23 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:21-23

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:21-23

Colossians 1:21-23 ESV

21And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

CONTEXT – PAST: answer what this verse meant in context to the original recipients in the past.
All three verses are one long sentence. Paul is stringing along three important facts that all make one cohesive thought: we were dead in our sins (enemies of God), Jesus paid the price of reconciliation, we must continue in our faith and trust in the true gospel message of God. These three things cannot exist outside of one another.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION – EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to everyone.
We were once enemies of God and now have been made right in His eyes because of Jesus so that we are now pure, but only if we are firm in our faith and not wavering from the true gospel.

PERSONAL APPLICATION – PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you personally and how should you apply it today in the present.
Many people think once saved always saved. I would agree, but would say if you are truly saved you can never lose it, but if you seem to lose your salvation, then you never were truly saved.

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 1:19-20

Colossians 1:19-20

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:19-20

Colossians 1:19-20 ESV

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

CONTEXT – PAST: answer what this verse meant in context to the original recipients in the past.
The implications of this passage are huge and the early church readers of Colossae would have understood it. If the fullness of God dwelled in Jesus, that would mean He is God. The fall of Adam and Even brought humanity great consequences. It was only through Jesus’ blood on the cross that made peace with the separation of God and man.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION – EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to everyone.
God in the full dwells in Jesus who reconciled humanity back to God bringing the original peace at creation through His blood.

PERSONAL APPLICATION – PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you personally and how should you apply it today in the present.
This fact alone should dictate how I live my life. This is the most incredible act of reconciliation the world has ever known. It is where mercy and grace meet each other. Righteousness and peace kiss! God needed us to be righteous in order to have peace. His mercy on us allows our righteousness and grace enables peace.

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 1:18 Inductive Study

Colossians 1:18

Read all of Colossians, the entire short book, everyday before you dissect the daily verse or passage. Today’s passage is Colossians 1:18

Colossians 1:18 ESV

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

CONTEXT – PAST: answer what this verse meant in context to the original recipients in the past.
Paul is driving home the fact that Jesus is in charge. He is first, the head, and above everything and everyone. Again, Paul is making sure there is extreme clarity on who Jesus is so there would be no debate or chance for false teaching on this point. Paul is also being clear about the position of the church in relation to Jesus. The church is the body and Jesus is the head.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION – EVERYONE: re-write the verse in your own words to reflect the universal truth that applies to everyone.
Preeminent means to surpass others. Jesus is above all others, surpasses all others, is before all others, and is in charge of all others. In everything Jesus is first!

PERSONAL APPLICATION – PRESENT: what does this verse mean to you personally and how should you apply it today in the present.
Jesus is in charge now and always. He is who I must look to for everything and in everything. There is no democracy in this. He is my King.

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