Written from Rome to the Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.
Colossea was destroyed by earthquake in 60AD
Paul likely never visited the Colossians.
The Colossians were primarily Dorian Greeks, Israelites.
Colossae, the chief city of Phrygia in Asia Minor, not far form Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Apparently the people were not known personally to Paul. Epaphras, then a fellow prisoner with Paul, is credited with the honor of founding the assembly.
The original Greek will be referred to often.
This letter is written to be read continuously.
Colossians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus (Yahshua) Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
Brethren, and other exclusive uses of kinship will be underlined to show that the scriptures are by, to, for and about the generations of Adam (Adamites) and more specifically the seed of Jacob who is the son of Isaac, who was offered and dedicated to Yahweh by Abraham.
1:2 To the saints and faithful (trustworthy) brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace (favor, Divine influence) be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Prince Yahshua Christ.
'Saints' are defined as: sacred, holy, called out, separated, dedicated to Yahweh.
Genesis 21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad (Ishmael), and because of thy bondwoman (Hagar); in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Even though Ishmael was Abraham's son too, it was Isaac who Yahweh chose. Only his children through Jacob/Israel are set apart, called, born 'saints'.
The “churches” teach that anybody (even any race) who “believes” becomes a 'saint'. Who will you believe, Yahweh or your preacher?
Paul Thanks Yahweh for the Colossians
1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Prince Jesus (Yahshua) Christ, praying always for you,
1:4 Since we heard of your faith (The Belief of you) in Christ Jesus (Yahshua), and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
From the Greek:
5 By which you are storing up expectation for yourselves in the heavens, which you heard beforehand in the Word of the truth of the good message
1:6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world (society); and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace (favor, Divine influence) of God in truth:
By loving your brethren, you are storing your treasure or expectation in heaven. The fruit of brotherly love.
1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful (true, trustworthy) minister of Christ; (Col 4:12; Phm 23)
1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
1:9 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 of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
What is His will?
1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Prince unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Ephesians 3:16 That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;
1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (qualifies us) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
The context is still increasing in knowledge and understanding. The proof is in verses 21-22
1:13 Who hath delivered (rescued) us from the power (authority) of darkness (Satan), and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: (Luke 11:35; Joh 8:12, 12:46-50; Act 26:18; Eph 5:8)
1:14 In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness (remission of the penalty) of sins: (Eph 1:7)
The Supremacy of Christ
1:15 Who is the image (likeness) of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature (creation): (Wis 7:26; Heb 1:6; Rev 3:14)
1:16 For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven (the sky), and that are in earth (the land), visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities (realms), or powers (authorities): all things were created by Him, and for Him: (Joh 1:3)
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the ages;
1:17 And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
1:18 And He is the head of the body, the church (assembly): who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. (Eph 1:22-23)
1:19 For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell;
'the Father' is in italics, which means it was added by the translators. Let's look at the Greek:
19 Because with Himself He was pleased to have the whole complement dwell,
15-20 are equating that Christ is Yahweh come in the flesh, sent as His most beloved Son.
1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of His cross (pale, stake), by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Eph 2:16)
Christ is the head of the body, the body is the seed of Israel. The assembly of saints.
The “churches” teach that the “church” takes the place of Israel in the NT.
If you believe this, then you are not practicing Christianity. You are participating in Judaism.
1:21 And you (dispersed of Israel), that were sometime alienated (estranged) and enemies in your mind (thoughts) by wicked works,
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Titus 1:15 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.
1:22 yet now hath He reconciled, in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable (void of offense) in His sight:
Notice below the KJV used the word 'aliens' instead of the correct word 'alienated' in verse 21.
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye (dispersed of Israel) were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
This is a deliberate deception to support the lie of the meaning of 'Gentiles'. Which does not mean non-Israelite. Gentile is a Latin word and only means a nation, race or people of the same stock.
1:23 If ye continue in the faith (The Belief) grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope (expectation) of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature (creation) which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Paul is saying stay grounded in the OT and settled in the gospel that has been circulating since the crucifixion. (Luke 1:1-4)
Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith (allegiance); that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
John 15:6 If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
'Creature' should read 'creation'. Referring to the original, pure creations of Yahweh.
God created the horse, and the donkey, but He did not create the mule.
Paul considered the Adamic race of man to be one creation. He defines Adamic man in Romans 8:18-39. Tobit also is a witness.
Tobit 8:5 Then began Tobias to say, Blessed art You, O God of our fathers, and blessed is Your holy and glorious Name for ever: let the heavens bless You, and all Your creatures.
8:6 You madest Adam, and gavest him Eve his wife for an helper, and stay: of them came mankind: You hast said, It is not good, that a man should be alone: let us make unto him an aide like unto himself.
8:15 Then Raguel praised God, and said, O God, You art worthy to be praised with all pure, and holy praise: therefore let Your Saints praise You with all Your creations, and let all Your Angels and Your chosen ones praise You for ever.
Adamic man is the white, Anglo-Saxon races of Europe and America. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Of the tribes of Israel. The Anointed, called out, and separated from all other races.
Don't believe the lies that the Jews are God's people, maybe you will believe what Jesus said in many places, one being John 8:44.
Paul's Interest in the Colossians
1:24 Who (I, Paul) now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
Nobody can suffer on Christ's behalf. Paul suffered on behalf of the Anointed (group, seed of Isaac), who are the assemblies, the 'saints'. (Eph 3:13)
24 Now, I rejoice in these sufferings on your behalf, and I substitute for those deficiencies of the afflictions of the Anointed (the group) with my flesh on behalf of the body itself, which is the assembly;
1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation (administration of the household) of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; (Gal 2:7)
1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints:
26 the mystery which has been concealed from the ages and from the races, but now has been made visible to His saints,
The word 'generations' comes from 'genos' which means races.
The mystery was 'who the Israelites were'. Because of the dispersion of the House of Israel (the 10 northern tribes), both houses (Israel and Judah) forgot or lost their heritage and kinship to each other.
1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles (dispersed Nations); which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Rom 9:23)
27 To whom Yahweh did wish to make known what the riches of the honor of this mystery are among the Nations, which is the expectation of honor anointed in you,
Christ comes from 'christos', it means anointed. It does not always refer to Christ, but the children of Israel, the group.
1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
28 Whom we declare, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom in order that we may present every man perfect among the Anointed (the group).
1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily.
Paul criticizes the 'commandments of men' (doctrines of men, traditions of the elders)
Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
Colossians 4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the assembly of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
Neither the Colossians or the Laodiceans ever met Paul.
2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Isa 11:2; Col 2:9)
Verse 2 and 3 in the Greek reads:
2 That they may be encouraged in their hearts, being brought together in love, and to all riches of the certainty of understanding in the knowledge of the mystery of the Anointed of Yahweh,
3 in which are all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge concealed.
Paul is telling us to be certain that we understand who we are. We are the Anointed seed of Yahweh, descendants of Abraham. The houses of Israel and Judah were the Anointed seed of Abraham through Isaac, who was the very man dedicated to Yahweh. The Jews are teaching our “churches” to teach you that they are God's people. Paul warns of deceit.
2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. (Warning #1)
Thanks for backing me up Paul.
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Prince Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order (position), and the stedfastness (firmness) of your faith (The Belief of you) in Christ.
Fullness of Life in Christ
2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus (Yahshua) the Prince, so walk ye in (with) Him: (1 Thes 4:1)
Do verses 5 and 6 say anything about “just believe”?
2:7 Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith (The Belief), as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil (captivate) you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world (society), and not after Christ. (Warning #2)
Paul was spoiled (captivated), brought up by the sect of the Pharisees.
Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world (society): In this case brought up a Pharisee.
Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Paul knows he was on the wrong side before his conversion on the road to Damascus.
Galatians 1:14 And profited in the Judaeans' religion (Judaism) above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
Paul was very good at persecuting Christians and was blinded by the doctrine of Judaism.
2:9 For in Him (Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead (divinity) bodily.
2:10 And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality (sovereignty) and power (authority):
2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ (the Anointed, the group):
Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man (corruption) is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Do not walk in the corrupt ways of the flesh, but in the righteousness of Christ.
2:12 Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith (The Belief) of the operation (working) of God, who hath raised Him from the dead. (Rom 6:4)
Buried with him in baptism, or immersion of death. We all are appointed to die. But if you die in allegiance (faith), you will be raised also. Baptism here is not referring to water.
2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened (made alive) together with Him, having forgiven (dealing graciously with) you all trespasses; (Eph 2:1)
The dispersed Nations of Israel stopped the circumcision of the flesh when they left and/or were took captive from the Promised Land. Because of this they lost and/or forgot their Heritage.
2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances (dogmas-traditions of elders) that was against us, which was contrary to us (by the dogmas-which stood against us), and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross (stake); (Col 2:20; Eph 2:15)
Ordinances here is G1378 dogma, meaning doctrines, decrees, ordinances, (of men).
2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
15 Stripping the sovereignties and authorities which He exposed publicly, triumphing over them in it.
Let's analyze verses 14 and 15.
First, no translations say anything about the law being “done away with”. The “churches” teach that the law was “done away with”.
The context here is about the ordinances and 'added' decrees (dogmas) by the religion of the Jews, which is Judaism.
The scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees took the law of Moses and perverted it into 'the traditions of the elders', which is Judaism. Today it is called the Talmud. This is the Jews Bible.
The Pharisees taught that it was against their law to do good on the Sabbath. That if a brother or even an ox were to fall in a ditch on a Sabbath, you, by their 'traditions' could not help them out.
What was Christ constantly rebuked for by these Edomite Priests? Healing on the Sabbath and that His disciples didn't follow the 'traditions of the elders' and wash their hands before eating.
These are some of the 'added' charges, decrees, obligations, or bonds, of their religion. The dogmas added by men.
So Paul is saying that since Christ died on the pale, the rituals and Levitical ordinances were done away with. In addition, making the 'added' obligations of Judaism of none effect. Now they have no authority.
2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon (months), or of the sabbath days: (Warning #3) (Mat 18:15-20; Rom 14:1-6)
The “churches” like to use this verse to teach you to eat pork. It has nothing to do with eating what Yahweh deemed unclean. Pork is not food. Chinese people eat roaches and Blacks eat each other, shall we consider these things food?
2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ (the Anointed, the group). (Mat 18:15-20)
Speaking of the deceit of the 'traditions of men'. The religious control through these decrees and oblations.
2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Verse 18 is quite different in the original recording:
18 Let no one find you unworthy of reward, being willing with humiliation even in worship of the messengers; stepping into things which one sees, heedlessly inflated by the mind of one's flesh,
Don't worship angels, or the saints. (Catholics!)
2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered (being supplied), and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. (Eph 4:15)
Warnings Against False Teachers
2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world (society), why, as though living in the world (society), are ye subject to ordinances (dogmas), (Eph 2:15; Col 2:8; Gal 4:3,9)
Don't listen to these rules and regulations of men. These decrees of Judaism.
2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? (Isa 29:13; Mat 15:8-9; Mar 7:6-7)
21 One should not hold, nor should one taste, nor should one touch,
22 (things which are all for corruption in their misuse,) according to the commands and instructions of men? (Warning # 4)
Your going to listen to men and not Yahweh?
Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
23 Things which are a statement indeed, holding wisdom in submissive worship and in humiliation and disregard of the body, not in any esteem for satisfaction of the flesh.
1Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Paul warns us 4 times in this chapter to beware of the 'doctrines of men'.
We didn't listen. Now there are over 33,000 denominations of so-called Christianity!
The Christian Life
Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (Psa 110:1)
Seek righteousness. This can only be done by following the law, following His example.
3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Dead to this world, or society.
3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear (2nd Advent), then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.
3:5 Mortify (make dead) therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication (race mixing), uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence (desire), and covetousness, which is idolatry:
3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: (Eph 2:2, 5:6)
3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
The children of Israel are the 'children of disobedience'.
3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication (abusive language) out of your mouth.
3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; (Rom 6:6; Eph 4:22)
The apostate, lost Israelite man, the old man who walked corruptly.
3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him: (Eph 4:24; Gen 1:26)
Shed your “church” knowledge and renew your Spirit knowledge. These corrections and restorations of scripture are presented to show how opposite the teachings of the “churches” are compared to what scripture says. O' brethren of Israel, I pray your eyes are opening.
3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Judaean, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
The last part should read: 'but altogether and in all ways Anointed.'
The Greek, the Judaean, Barbarian, Scythian, bond or free, are all referring to Israelites.
3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect (chosen ones) of God, holy (set-apart) and beloved, bowels (affections) of mercies (compassions), kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (1 Pet 1:2)
Who are the 'elect'? The “believers”? No. Who was dedicated on the alter to Yahweh? The seed of Abraham. Isaac. The Anointed, called out, set apart, holy and sanctified children of Israel.
3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving (dealing graciously with) one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave (deals graciously with) you, so also do ye. (Eph 4:2)
3:14 And above all these things put on charity (love), which is the bond (joining) of perfectness.
If you just follow the commandment of 'love your brethren', then you are walking in righteousness. Instead of trying to follow all the commandments, just obey the great commandment of loving your brethren.
Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
22:37 Yahshua said unto him, Thou shalt love Yahweh thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
22:39 And the second is like unto it, You shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Neighbor- the Greek word is 'plesion'. It means countrymen, brother, kin, someone near to you.
It does not mean neighbors of other races. If we were following Yahweh's law, we wouldn't be living among the other races. For He demands we be separate. Remember when America was founded by the white, Anglo-Saxon Nations of the tribes of Israel? Now look at us.
3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace (pleasure, that which affords joy, Divine influence) in your hearts to the Prince. (Joh 12:48; Deut 18:19; Rev 19:13)
3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Prince Yahshua, giving thanks (saying grace) to Yahweh and the Father by (through) Him.
1Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Rules For Christian Households
3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Prince. (Eph 5:22; 1Pet 3:1)
3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. (Eph 5:25; 1Pet 3:7)
3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Prince. (Eph 6:1)
3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Prince.
3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice (lip service), as menpleasers (ass kissers); but in singleness (simplicity) of heart, fearing God:
1Timothy 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed.
The “churches” don't even know the name of God, and the teaching that Jesus is a Jew is of the highest blasphemy. Christ calls the Edomite Pharisees children of the Devil and the lusts of their father they do. (John 8:44). He wasn't name calling, He was stating a fact.
3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Prince, and not unto men;
3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
24 Knowing that from the Prince you shall recover the return of the inheritance, the Anointed Prince you serve.
The promises of inheritance were given only to Israel, the seed of Abraham.
The reason we must study the scriptures is because simple mistakes and sneaky deception can steer us away from the truth. Unless the KJV translators were not very schooled in Greek language, verse 24 is a deliberate deception. If you 'receive a reward', the reward was not something you already had beforehand. You did something to receive a reward, in this case, heaven. This supports the 'doctrines of men' teaching of you being “Gentiles”. That if you “just believe” and “accept Him” then you are “saved”. But if you listen to what Paul has been warning us about, the original Greek tells a much different scenario.
24 Knowing that from the Prince you shall recover the return of the inheritance, the Anointed Prince you serve.
The Greek word for the KJV translation of the word receive is describing something that you once had. There are other Greek words for receive, but the correct word has to do with something that was disjoined and through righteousness can be rejoined.
apolambanō ap-ol-am-ban'-o (G618)
to receive (specifically in full); also to take aside: - receive, take.
When a child is disobedient, what happens? The father takes aside the child and punishment is given. Observe, using the Greek definitions.
A primary particle; “off”, that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively): - (X here-) after, ago, at, because of, before, by (the space of), for (-th), from, in, (out) of, off, (up-) on (-ce), since, with. In composition (as a prefix) it usually denotes separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc.
This is describing something that once was whole and now is separated.
Here is an illustration using the definition:
A primary particle; “off”, (CAST OFF, EXILED, PUT AWAY IN PUNISHMENT) that is, away (from something near) (WHEN WE OBEY, YAHWEH IS NEAR), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively)(OUR RELATION WITH YAHWEH) : because of (DISOBEDIENCE), by (the space of) (2520 YEARS), since, (745 BC) with (ISRAEL). In composition (as a prefix) it usually denotes separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc. (SEPARATION FROM OUR FATHER-The 7x punishment prophecy. Which by the way ended in 1776 when a nation was born in a day. The regathering place of the nations of the children of Israel. We are the same people that were divorced from Yahweh because of disobedience. Now we are basically dating our future husband, Christ, and should be acting like it! )
Lev 26:15,17,24,28 7x Punishment
YHWH is going to punish Israel for disobedience.
Solomon fornicated with non-Israelite women, YHWH split Israel into the 2 houses.
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of; whereas G1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while G138 is more violent, to seize or remove]) (Yahweh removed, or divorced us) : - accept, + be amazed, assay, attain, bring, X when I call, catch, come on (X unto), + forget (we forgot Him, so He will forget us. Psm 9:17, 50:22, Jer 23:39, Hos 4:6), have, hold, obtain, receive (X after), take (away, up).
Apolambano in a nutshell means recovering what was lost. In obedience, we are returned to our rightful place. Rejoined to our inheritance, by Yahweh's promise to Abraham, in the Kingdom. The other races do not apply because this is all about the seed (race) of Abraham.
Reward in Greek:
requital (properly the act): - reward.
Requital means return, compensation, reciprocal action.
to requite (good or evil): - recompense, render, repay.
Recompense means, to make return of anything given.
This would be our inheritance. Our free gift of favor (grace) that was given to Abraham and his seed. God does not go back on His promises.
3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. (Eph 6:5-9; Deut 10:17)
Receive here in verse 25 is a different Greek word, komizo (G2865) which means, receive by implication. That being punishment as a result of doing wrong.
The “churches” teach that 'respect of persons' is talking about God not caring about race.
Yahweh demands we be separate. What God does not care about is a persons status in society (world). You are no different if you are rich or poor. Hold high office or no office. James defines this in James chapter 2. See also Lev 19:15, Deut 1:17, Job 34:19, Is 11:3-4
Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. (Eph 6:9)
Leviticus 25:43 You shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God.
4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; (Luke 18:1, Rom 12:12)
4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance , to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds (in prison):
The Greek: 3 At the same time praying also for us, in order that Yahweh would create an opportunity for the Word, for us to speak of the mystery of the Anointed, for which I have been bound.
Christ isn't a mystery. The people are a mystery. They (we) forgot who they (we) were (are). Hence Paul in prison for bringing the truth to them.
4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. (3Mac 3:5)
5 In reference to those outside, you walk in wisdom, buying the time,
Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation (race), among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace (good will, Divine influence), seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (Wis 8:12)
Final Greetings and Benedictions
4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful (true, trustworthy) minister and fellowservant in the Prince: (Act 20:4; 2Tim 4:12)
4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort (encourage) your hearts; (Eph 6:21-22)
4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful (true, trustworthy) and beloved brother, who is one of you (an Israelite). They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. (Phm 10-12)
4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) (Act 12:12,25, 13:13, 15:37-39, 19:29, 27:2; Phm 24)
4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision (Israelite Judaean). These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Mat 5:48; Col 1:7; Phm 23)
4:13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. (2Tim 4:10-11; Phm 24)
4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church (assembly) which is in his house.
4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church (assembly) of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. (1 Thes 5:27)
4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you hast received in the Prince, that you fulfil it.
4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace (favor) be with you. Amen.
COLOSSIANS – CHURCH DOCTRINE VS. SCRIPTURE
Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Colossians.
The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the Anglo-Saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.
The book of Colossians is a Prison Epistle (letter written while in prison). Paul wrote it circa 60-62 A.D. The key personalities include Paul, Timothy, Tychicus, Onesimus, Aristarchus, Mark, and Epaphras. It was written to counter and respond to heretical teachings and encourage believers (saints) to serve with fervor and passion.
A “believer” does not become a saint. A saint, by scripture, is a set apart, called out, holy and anointed seed of Abraham. The Israelites then are the same Israelites now, the anglo-saxon race of Europe and America.
The basic problem was a Judaic-Gnostic heresy that sought to mix Greek philosophy with Christian theology. Gnostic philosophy taught that matter was evil. In order to avoid having their pure god create evil, they had created a system of lesser deities that overflowed from their god. These lesser gods were far enough removed from the pure god that they were able to create the universe (which was composed of evil matter).
They named this lesser deity the Jehovah God of the Hebrews.
Though this is paganism, and joining different religions is paganism, the problem was the Edomite Pharisees and their Judaism, or 'traditions of men'. Adhering to the rituals and oblations of their law. Paul was teaching that the rituals were done away with, and as a result, also nullifying the decrees and oblations of men.
• In chapters 1-2, Paul sends words of thanks to the faithful believers (saints) “who are at Colosse”. Paul did not establish the Colossian Church (assembly) and had never visited there. He teaches one of the most powerful passages attributing the divinity of Jesus Christ who is God in flesh. It is apparent that false teachers were spreading heresy by rejecting the deity of Jesus Christ, probably teaching that He was just a “unique man”. Paul warns not to allow anyone to lead them astray with Philosophy, trickery, or by traditions of men. Paul then assured the church (assembly) that Jesus is God, “in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (2:9), and that He, “reconciled all things unto Himself’ (1:20), and He did it by, “having nailed it to the cross” (2:14) referring to our sins. Because Jesus Christ is God, He reconciled the 2 Houses (Judah and Israel), who are the circumcision (Judaeans) and the uncircumcision (dispersed Nations) .Both Israelites. The ordinances and sacrificial rituals were nailed to the cross, along with the “handwriting” of the 'tradition of men'.
He was able to pay the penalty of sin in order to rescue mankind.
He could pay because he was sinless, otherwise someone would have to die for Him. Hence, our example.
The “churches” teach that Christ died for mankind. The scriptures teach that Christ came only unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel. The seed of Abraham.
• In chapters 3-4, Paul encourages the church (assembly) to focus on God, and keep their eyes on the goal, “set your mind on the things above” (3:2). He teaches believers (saints) how to live at home, how to manage family matters, and how to get along with other believers (saints) in Christ. His approach is for believers (saints) to put aside the petty situations that become obstacles in our lives, ultimately slow us down, and prevent the spread of the Gospel. Paul then explains what it means to forgive, "just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you" (3:13). Paul declares, "Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts" (3:14-15)
Summary of the Book of Colossians.
That Colossians is a genuine letter of Paul (1:1) is usually not disputed. In the early church (assembly), all who speak on the subject of authorship ascribe it to Paul. In the 19th century, however, some thought that the heresy refuted in ch. 2 was second-century Gnosticism. But a careful analysis of ch. 2 shows that the heresy referred to there is noticeably less developed than the Gnosticism of leading Gnostic teachers of the second and third centuries. Also, the seeds of what later became the full-blown Gnosticism of the second century were present in the first century and already making inroads into the churches (assemblies). Consequently, it is not necessary to date Colossians in the second century at a time too late for Paul to have written the letter.
Instead, it is to be dated during Paul's first imprisonment in Rome, where he spent at least two years under house arrest (see Ac 28:16-31). Some have argued that Paul wrote Colossians from Ephesus or Caesarea, but most of the evidence favors Rome as the place where Paul penned all the Prison Letters (Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon). Colossians should be dated c. a.d. 60, in the same year as Ephesians and Philemon.
Colosse: The Town and the Church
Several hundred years before Paul's day, Colosse had been a leading city in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey). It was located on the Lycus River and on the great east-west trade route leading from Ephesus on the Aegean Sea to the Euphrates River. By the first century a.d. Colosse was diminished to a second-rate market town, which had been surpassed long before in power and importance by the neighboring towns of Laodicea and Hierapolis (see 4:13).
What gave Colosse NT importance, however, was the fact that, during Paul's three-year ministry in Ephesus, Epaphras had been converted and had carried the gospel to Colosse. The young church (assembly) that resulted then became the target of heretical attack, which led to Epaphras's visit to Paul in Rome and ultimately to the penning of the Colossian letter.
Perhaps as a result of the efforts of Epaphras or other converts of Paul, Christian churches (assemblies) had also been established in Laodicea and Hierapolis. Some of them were house churches (assemblies) (see 4:15; Phm 2). Most likely all of them were primarily Gentile.
The Colossian Heresy
Paul never explicitly describes the false teaching he opposes in the Colossian letter. Paul explicitly describes the false teachings of Judaism by the Edomite scribes and Pharisees as the 'doctrines of men', and at least 4 times. The nature of the heresy must be inferred from statements he made in opposition to the false teachers. An analysis of his refutation suggests that the heresy was diverse in nature. Some of the elements of its teachings were:
Angel worship. See 2:18. Paganism.
Secret knowledge. The Gnostics boasted of this (see 2:18 and Paul's emphasis in 2:2-3 on Christ, "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom"). The Pharisees boasted of their own control over the people through their 'traditions of men'. The hidden treasures are within the children of Israel, who forgot who they were, but with the knowledge of Christ is made known.
Reliance on human wisdom and tradition. See 2:4,8. More warning of the 'traditions of men'.
These elements seem to fall into two categories, Jewish and Gnostic. It is likely, therefore, that the Colossian heresy was a mixture of an extreme form of Judaism and an early stage of Gnosticism. Here, both are the same thing. Judaism and Gnosticism are opposite of Christianity.
Purpose and Theme
Paul's purpose is to refute the Colossian heresy. To accomplish this goal, he exalts Christ as the very image of God (1:15), the Creator (1:16), the preexistent sustainer of all things (1:17), the head of the church (assembly) (1:18), the first to be resurrected (1:18), the fullness of deity in bodily form (1:19; 2:9) and the reconciler (1:20-22). Thus Christ is completely adequate. We "have been given fullness in Christ" (2:10). On the other hand, the Colossian heresy was altogether inadequate. It was a hollow and deceptive philosophy (2:8), lacking any ability to restrain the old sinful nature (2:23).
The theme of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy.
The theme of Colossians is the refutation of Judaism.
The “churches” claim they are Judeo-Christians. This is an oxymoron. Judaism is the opposite of Christianity.
The truth is that since the “churches” let Judaism into Christianity, no longer is it Christianity, but Judaism.
We are to follow the example Christ set, not turning to the left, nor the right. (Deut 5:32, 17:20, 28:14, Josh 1:17, 23:6, Prov 4:27)
Who wrote the book?
Before Paul wrote this letter to the Christians in Colossae, he had never been to their city (Colossians 2:1). This helps explain the personal greetings he included at the end of the letter, a practice he usually reserved for letters to churches (assemblies) he had not visited (for example, Romans). Paul sought to develop personal connections with the people he hoped to teach and serve, rather than just going around from city to city asserting his apostolic authority. The more personal tone at the close of this letter would have been especially significant in creating a connection with the Colossian believers (saints), given the fact that part of Paul’s reason for writing involved calling out the heretical teachers who had infiltrated the Colossian church (assembly).
Who were these heretical teachers that infiltrated the religious sects? The Edomite scribes, Sadducees and Pharisees. These sects were once the council of the elders and priests of Israel. When the children of Israel were in bondage in Babylon in the 500's BC, they were displaced from the land of Judah. The children of the wicked one inhabited the land in their place. When captivity was over, a remnant from the House of Judah (Judah, Benjamin, and Levi, also called the circumcision because they kept the laws of Yahweh) returned to Jerusalem. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell about cleansing the land of the Canaanites and Edomites. But those 'thorns' in our side were always there, infiltrating, corrupting, and manipulating. They eventually deceived our ancestors then and still do so now.
Where are we?
In AD 60–61, during his first imprisonment in Rome (this was likely his last imprisonment before being executed by Nero in 62), Paul penned this letter to the Colossian church (assembly) after he had received a report that they were struggling with a christological heresy. The report came from Epaphras, likely the leader of the church (assembly) at Colossae and a convert of Paul’s from his more than two-year ministry in Ephesus. Epaphras had come to Rome in part to serve Paul during his imprisonment (Philemon 1:23) but also to confide in him regarding the dangerous teachings the Colossians were hearing (Judaism, 'tradition of the elders'). So Paul sent this letter, along with the letters to Philemon and to the Ephesians, with Tychicus, accompanied by Onesimus (Colossians 4:7; Philemon 1:10–12). Tychicus was a coworker of Paul who would have been able to help the Colossian believers (saints) understand and apply the apostle’s teachings in the letter.
Why is Colossians so important?
The church (assembly) at Colossae was under attack from false teachers (Judaizers) who were denigrating the deity of Jesus; they were teaching that He was not actually God. Though Paul had never been to the church (assembly) itself, he addressed these issues head-on. The nature of Jesus Christ as Creator and Redeemer was nonnegotiable, so Paul wrote to them that he might bring his wisdom to bear on this difficult and trying situation. It was critical to him that this church (assembly) know God in His greatness and glory, rather than in the deficient view given them by the false teachers (Colossians 1:25; 2:1–2).
What's the big idea?
In this book, the apostle Paul described Jesus with some of the loftiest language in all the New Testament, focusing on Christ’s preeminence and sufficiency in all things. Paul presented Christ as the center of the universe, not only as the active Creator but also as the recipient of creation—in His taking on of human flesh. Christ was and is the visible image of the invisible God, containing within Himself the fullness of Deity (Colossians 2:9). Because of His divine nature, Jesus is sovereign, above all things with an authority given Him by the Father. As such, Jesus is also Head over the church (assembly)(“Church” is not a word used in original scripture, a building with people in it is not what is meant here, or anywhere where it says “church”. The Greek word is 'ecclessia'. It means, a called out group, (Abraham's seed), a meeting or congregation of members (saints)(again, Abraham's seed). Each Israelite is a called out body, whether singularly or as a group. We are the temple of Yahweh. Wherever you go, you are a “church”. The word “church” never implies a building. He has reconciled all things (the 2 Houses of Israel) to Himself through His death on the cross, making believers (saints) alive to God and setting them on the path to right living. This proper view of Christ served as the antidote for the Colossian heresy as well as a building block for Christian life and doctrine both then and now.
How do I apply this?
Your view of Jesus Christ will impact every area of your life. Many today want only practical instruction and helps for living, eschewing “esoteric” topics such as doctrine and theology because they seem to be out of touch with their day-to-day reality. Paul’s view was different. He saw that the christological problems in the Colossian church (assembly) had practical importance as well. Believers (saints) have died with Christ; therefore, we need to die to our sins. We have also been raised with Christ; therefore, we must live well in Him and put on qualities that are motivated by Christian love. And because He is Lord (Prince) over all, the life of the Christian is a life of submission to Jesus. (Not a Jewish Jesus) Are you following after Jesus as you should? (Imitating His example) Our faith (allegiance) in Jesus Christ should transform the relationships we have in every area of our lives—in our homes, our churches (assemblies), and our world (society).
The City Of Colosse
Colosse was a city of southwestern Phrygia in the Roman province of Asia (Asia Minor) in what is now Turkey. The city was situated on the Lycus River not far from where that river joined with the Meander River. Colosse was located about 125 miles east of Ephesus near the cities of Hierapolis and Laodicea. These two cities were 10 and 13 miles respectively northwest of Colosse, which was the oldest of the three cities. Originally Colosse lay on the trade route from west to east. This location made it an important city. But then the main road was changed and moved north near Hierapolis and Laodicea. These two cities then grew in importance and surpassed Colosse in wealth and prestige. Colosse declined to a relatively small, unimportant village. It retained its fame for its wool and its municipal independence under the Romans.
The Church Of Colosse
Mission work in Colosse was done by a man named Epaphras. Paul called him his “dear fellow servant.” Epaphras had probably gone to Ephesus where he heard the gospel of Jesus from Paul. Afterwards he returned to his home in Colosse to start a congregation there. He likely did so under Paul's guidance. The church (assembly) of Colosse appears to have consisted of mostly Gentile (dispersed Nations of Israel) converts. Philemon was one of its members, to whom Paul wrote the letter we know now as the Book of Philemon.
The letter to the Colossians, like the letter to the Romans, was a letter addressed to a congregation (hey, why not the word “church” here?) which Paul had not established himself. Most of the members were unknown to Paul, as it appears from Colossians 2:1 in which he wrote: “I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for your sake, and for those in Laodicea and for all who have not seen me personally.” Yet Paul enjoyed a close connection with the church (assembly) in Colosse, which was located in the same Roman province of Asia in which Ephesus was the capital and where Paul had labored for more than two years. People from that entire area came to hear Paul, no doubt from Colosse as well. Furthermore, those who worked with Paul as well as those who were converted by Paul's preaching carried the gospel of Jesus to the entire area, for Acts 19:10 states: “Now this happened for two years, with the result that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord (Prince), both Jews (not Jews, Judaeans) and Greeks.”
The Recipients Of The Letter To The Colossians
The holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse, Colossians 1:2
The Date Of The Letter To The Colossians
About 60 to 61 A.D.
The Occasion For The Writing Of The Letter To The Colossians
Epaphras, leader of the church (assembly) in Colosse in Asia Minor (Colossians 4:12), came to Paul in Rome with good news and bad news about the church (assembly) of Colosse. The good news was the gospel had born fruit among the Colossians (Colossians 1:6), who were continuing in the faith (Colossians 1:4) in Christ and in love for their fellow believers (saints, brethren). The bad news was the Colossians were being troubled by a new teaching (Judaism) that was contrary to the gospel which Epaphras had been preaching to them. The new teaching (Judaism, 'traditions of men') claimed a profound knowledge apart from Christ (Colossians 2:8), an emphasis on following prescribed rituals (Colossians 2:16), the worship of angels (Colossians 2:18), and ascetic self-abasement (Colossians 2:18 & 20-23). The new teaching which included the worship of angels indicates that it invoked spiritual powers rather than calling on Christ in whom the fullness of God dwelt in bodily form (Colossians 2:9).
The new false teaching (Judaism) in effect denied the total sufficiency of Christ for salvation and the completeness of Christ's atonement. The details of the new false teaching are difficult to describe, because Paul did not write about them point by point. (He only explicitly warned us in chapter 2 about 4 times) Rather, Paul overwhelmed the false teaching and smothered it with the full and complete riches of Christ, his person and his redemptive work--the Christ who is the true God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the Savior and God/Man who reconciled by his blood the sinners of the world (Christ did not come for every race in the world, He came only for the lost sheep of the House of Israel, his kin, the saints, the called out seed of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob) to God, and who is the power of the believers' (saint's) faith. In Christ is found the real knowledge, fullness, and completeness. Thus Paul asserted that Christians have no need for human philosophy and wisdom to be complete. They are complete in Christ, in whom they have the divine wisdom of his gospel and the perfect, complete salvation.
To deal with the new false teaching (Judaism), Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians. Paul then dispatched his co-worker Tychicus to carry his letter to the church (assembly) of Colosse (Colossians 4:7,8). Paul's letter was a circular letter to be shared with the other churches (assemblies) in the area, particularly nearby Laodicea (Colossians 4:16).
When Paul dispatched his letter to the Colossians, he sent the slave Onesimus with Tychicus back to his master Philemon, who was a member of the church (assembly) of Colosse. This may explain why Paul wrote a longer section on the slave/master relationship than on the other human relationships, and why Paul emphasized his readers should forgive one another as God forgave them in Christ.
Theme Of The Letter To The Colossians
“You have been made complete in him (Christ),” Colossians 2:10
Beware the 'traditions of men', Judaism.