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Colossians 2 Commentary

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Colossians 2:1-3 meaning

Paul is working hard to proclaim the mystery of God to the people of Colossae and the surrounding region because it is right and because it is in their best interest.

Colossians 2:4-5 meaning

The unity of spirit binds all believers across all geography and time. Paul is fighting from a distance to help ensure the loud and present voices of the day do not drown out the unifying work of Christ and His Gospel.

Colossians 2:6-8 meaning

Paul encourages the believers to remember and stand firm in their established faith. The deceptions of the world can easily distract us from the true path.

Colossians 2:9-12 meaning

The supremacy of Christ is the foundation for all things. There are many practices and traditions meant to reflect this reality. Paul implores the Colossians not to confuse the traditions with the supreme foundation.

Colossians 2:13-15 meaning

The incredible work of Jesus on the cross transformed the physical and spiritual world.

Colossians 2:16-19 meaning

Paul warns the Colossians about confusing the means for the ends, worshiping shadows rather than the Light to which they belong.

Colossians 2:20-23 meaning

Paul shows the separation and inconsistency of claiming to follow Jesus but remaining tied to the principles of this world.