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A Joyful Greeting (1 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. The author: The Apostle Paul
2. The date of writing: Approximately A.D. 60
3. Place: During his first imprisonment in Rome. In Acts
28:30, we find Paul under house arrest following his appeal to Caesar: "And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him."
4. The purpose of the letter: To correct false doctrine and
heresy, to exalt the supremacy and superiority of Christ, and to encourage the believers in the faith--exhorting them to stand strong and to live for God.
a. Col. 2:6-7, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus
the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."
5. The title of our message this evening; "A Joyful
Greeting." There are 4 points to our outline:
I. Paul's Introduction
II. Paul's Recipients
I. PAUL'S INTRODUCTION (Vs.1)
A. He acknowledges his calling
1. Paul begins by acknowledging His calling as an
apostle to be from the Lord Jesus Christ, by the will of God. That's a great way to begin a letter:
a. I am reminded of our calling in Christ Jesus:
"Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thes. 2:14).
2. Have you ever stopped to think that whatever good we are, or whatever good we have become is all by the will of God and His grace to us?
a. Paul said in Romans 7:18, "For I know that in
me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing..."
3. We must always keep before us that our worth and
worthiness is of Him, not ourselves. Thank God that He has called us. Let us be an Apostle Paul, faithful to Him who has called us.
B. He acknowledges His Christ
1. Paul underscores that fact that he belongs to ...
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