Saturday, January 14, 2017

Colossians 1:8

Paul concludes the greeting by stating that Epaphras had informed him (possibly Timothy) of the positive characteristic of their love (of fellow believers – 1:4) being “the love of God… shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5). This is that supernatural love that we find in John 3:16.

We do not find a great emphasis on the Holy Spirit in this letter. This is the only explicit reference to the Holy Spirit in this letter. Paul makes it clear here that the love they showed could only be in the Holy Spirit, as he has written in the Galatians letter that one part of the fruit of the Spirit is love.

Although not directly naming the Holy Spirit, Paul implies His presence and ministry throughout the letter.[1] The reason – because he is emphasizing the person of Jesus Christ in this letter. He starts this letter with a greeting that shows that he is encouraged by where they have been. He shows that he is on their side since he has not been directly involved in the church. After his intercessory prayer, Paul will begin to instruct the Colossae believers in a refresher of the pre-eminent centrality of Christ in Creation, Redemption, and the Church.

Because of the Gnostic/Occultic heresy that was seeking to inject itself into the church, Paul makes the case that the Body of Christ (Ephesian letter) is under the central guidance and leadership of Jesus Christ (the Head).

Prayer: Spirit of the Most Holy God, as I continue to read, heed, and apply the lessons in this letter, may I continually place Jesus in the place of preeminence. May Jesus be first in all areas of my life. May He be primary in my thoughts, words, deeds, and plans. Thank You Jesus for coming to be my Savior, and now i make you my Lord. Take prominent place in all of me. I am Yours. Amen.

[1] Such as verse 9 – where Paul uses the term pneumatike (spiritual) and further in Colossians 2:18.

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