In each of Paul’s letters, we find that generally the first half is the doctrinal section where he instructs and sets the underlying explanation of the points that are being made. In the second half, he develops the practical side or how to apply that which he has explained. In our letter to the Colossians, chapters 3 and 4 make up the practical application of his teaching.
In chapters 1 and 2, Paul established the preeminence of Christ. He established this in his instruction on the person and work of Christ – His preeminence in creation, redemption, and the church. Paul instructed about the person of Christ, His objective and subjective work that built this preeminence. He then turned to the fact that Christ is the True Freedom that a believer has. Christ is the answer to false philosophy and to rituals.
In chapter 3, Paul will turn his attention to the position and practices of a believer. He will develop more on the fullness of Christ in God by what He does through us. He will develop our position in Christ, and then elaborate on the practice that all believers should be involved in. He will cover the areas of putting off the old man and putting on the new man. He will speak to the factor of holiness in our family, work, and public lives.
We will now see Christ, the fullness of God, poured out in life through believers. Paul will help us to understand that that is the only way He can be poured out. We will start in verses 1 – 4 ascertaining our position in Christ.
Prayer: Father, open my eyes that I might see the wonder and majesty of what Christ can do in today's world by my letting Him work through me. May I be an open vessel, a conduit through which He can reach my world. I am open to Your leadership and guidance. I am willing to be your hands, feet, heart, and mouth as You desire. Teach me and use me. Amen.