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CHAP. I. | After salutation he thanketh God for their faith, 7 confirmeth the
doctrine of Epaphras, 9 prayeth further for their increase in grace, 14 describeth the true Christ, 21 encourageth them to receive Jesus Christ, and commendeth his own ministry.
A. D. 64. PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, . 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in
Christ which are at Colosse : d Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We e give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 Since we 'heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
5 For the hope which is h laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth' of the Gospel ;?
6 Which is come unto you, i as it is in all the world; and k bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also the true word. Ma. Cr. Dod. ? of the Gospel of truth. Ham.
Ver. 9. See on Eph. i. 15. s Heb. vi. 10: For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
h 2 Tim. iv. 8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 1 PET. i. 4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.
i Ver. 23. MARK, xvi. 15 : And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. See on MAT. xxiv. 14.
* Pui. i. 11 : Being filled with the fruits of righteousness,
in you, since the day ye 'heard of it, and knew the mgrace of God in truth :3
7 As ye also learned of "Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a • faithful minister of Christ;
8 Who also declared unto us your P love in the Spirit.
99 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire "that ye might be filled with the knowledge
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which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. See on MARK, iv. 8.
'Rom.x. 17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
m 2 Cor. vi. 1: We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. Eph. iii. 2: If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward. Tit. ii. 11, 12: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. 1 Pet. v. 12 : By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
n Col. iv. 12: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you. Phile. 23 : There salute thee Epaphras.
• 2 Cor. xi. 23 : Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more. 1 Tim. iv. 6: If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ.
PRom. xv. 30: Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.
Ver. 3, 4. Eph. i. 15, 16 : After I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.
Rom. xii. 2 : Be not conformed to this world : but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 1 Cor. i. 5 : That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge. Eph. v. 10, 17: Proving
of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might "walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, 4 being fruitful in every good work, and Wincreasing in the knowledge of God; ,
11 * Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and * longsuffering with a joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which
“and please him in all things. Gen.
what is acceptable unto the LORD. Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
• Eph. i. 8: Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.
Ps. cxix. 99: I have more understanding than all my teachers : for thy testimonies are my meditation. 1 John, v. 20: And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true.
u See on Eph. iv. l.
"John, xv. 8, 16: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain : that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 2 Cor. ix. 8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. Phi. i. 11: Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Tit. iii. l: Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work. HEB. xiii. 21 : Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
w 2 Pet. iii. 18: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
* See on Eph, jii. 16.
y James, i. 4: But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
2 See on Eph. iv. 2. a See on Acts, v. 41. 6 Eph. v. 20 : Giving thanks always for all things unto God
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hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light :
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son :6
14 'In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins :
15 Who is the 5 image of the invisible God, the h firstborn of every creature :8
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, ork dominions, or principalities, or powers : all things were created by him, and for him :
5 made us fit for a part. Pu. Gr. the Son of his love. Mat. ij. 17; EPH. i. 6. A. V. similitude. Pu. 8 of the whole creation. Ham. Wh.
and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Col. iii. 15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
See on Acts, xx. 32. d Eph. vi. 12 : We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world. Heb. ii. 14: That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. 1 Pet. ii. 9: That ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous ligbt.
el Thes. ii. 12 : That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 2 Pet. i. ll: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
fSee on Acts, xx. 28. 8 See on John, xiy. 9.
See on Rom. viii. 29. i See on John, i. 3. * See on Rom. viii. 38.
'Rom. xi. 36 : For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things : to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Heb. i. 10 : It became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things.
17 And he is " before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the Church : who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead ; that in all things 10 he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all Pfulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace 11 through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile " all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Žl And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind uby wicked works, 12 yet ' now hath he reconciled
9 his body. We. 10 arnong all. A. V. "I making peace. A. V. 12 hy your mind in wicked works. A. V.
m John, i. 1,3,4: In the beginning was the Word. All things were made by him. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. do. xvii. 5: And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 1 Cor. viii. 6: One Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Eph. i. 10: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth ; even in him.. See on Rom. xii. 5.
ol Cor. xv. 23 : But every man in his own order : Christ the firstfruits ; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. See on Rom. viii. 29.
P See on John, i. 16.
See on Rom. v. 10. * Eph. i. 10: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ.
See on Cor. vi. 11. u Tit. i. 15, 16 : Unto the pure all things are pure : but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure ; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Eph. ii. 19: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and