St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 1:1-20

9 months 1 week ago #28 by Anastasia
In the fourth lesson St. Paul's letter to the Colossians 1:1-20 is explored.The opening verse is identical to the opening words of 2 Corinthians 1:1. In Corinth (1 Cor 9:1-5, 2 Cor 11:5-33) and in Galatia (Gal 1:1-2:14). Paul had to defend his apostolate.

What is the most significant differences between the greeting found in Colossians (Col 1:1-2) and that found in the Philippians (Phil 1:1-2)? What are some specific ways your faith community demonstrates its love "for all the holy ones" (1:4)?

Paul's prayer for the Colossians witnesses the charismatic enthusiasm that also characterizes Paul's experiences of church prayer (e.g., 1 Cor 14:1-19). It conveys the thankful joy (1:11-12) of being in Christ: "in him" they "have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (1:14). Reconciliation was also important in Paul's own letters (Rom 5:12; Col 1:22) In Christ "the head," God has "reconciled all things" (1:20) including by "the blood of his cross" (Col 2:14-15).

When has prayers helped you to better understand God's will in your life (1:9)? What signs would you look for as evidence that you are "growing in the knowledge of God" (1:10)?

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