WELCOME TO BARAH MINISTRIES
Epaphras (probable founder of the church at Colossae), our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf…//informed us (during his visit to our prison cell in Rome) of your(unconditional) love in the Spirit (en Pneumati).
…we have not ceased to pray
for you and to ask that you may be filled (pleroo) with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…
…so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;//strengthened with all power, according to His
Unconditional Love is Manifest in New Self Conduct
ASSIGNMENT THIS WEEK
Read Paul’s Letter to the Colossians
…knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in (union with) Christ, will HIMSELF perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
Therefore (believers in Christ), let us (if we) fear (anything, fear) if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you (believers) may seem to have come short of it.
Therefore, having been justified by faith (alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation), we have peace with God (the Father) through our Lord Jesus Christ (as His believers)…
Does not wisdom (the Word of God) call, and understanding (the Word of God) lift up her voice?
On top of the heights, beside the way, where the paths meet, she (the Word of God) takes her stand…
Beside the gates, at the opening to the city, at the entrance of the doors, she (the Word of God) cries out…
“To you, O men, I (the Word of God) call, and my voice (the Word of God) is (freely given) to the sons of men.
These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
…but these (things written in the bible) have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and (so) that (by) believing you may have (the Zoe) life in His name (in union with His Person).
I (Peter) consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling (my physical body), to stir you up by way of reminder…
Be Exalted oh God
When I Think About Home
STRUCTURE OF COLOSSIANS
The Power and Purpose of the Gospel Message
The Person of Christ
The Old Self Life and the New Self Life
- The Dispensation of the Mystery - The Church
- The Life Lived in Union with Him
Therefore if (1) you (believers in Christ) have been raised up with Christ (and you have), keep (on) seeking (setting your minds on) the things above, where (the Lord Jesus, the) Christ (Messiah) is, (now) seated at the right hand (side) of God (the Father).
(Keep on) Set(ting) your mind (your affections) on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
For you have died (to the Old Self Life) and your (New Self) life (the Zoe Life) is hidden (by God, together) with (union to) Christ in (the agency of THE) God (by means of God).
When Christ, who is our (Zoe) life, is revealed (made manifest), then you also will be revealed (made manifest) with Him in glory.
OLD SELF LIFE DESCRIPTIONS
Immorality Impurity Passion (Lust) Evil Desires
Greed Idolatry Anger Wrath
Malice Slander Abusive Lies
…since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices…
NEW SELF LIFE DESCRIPTIONS
Being renewed to a TRUE knowledge
A heart of compassion
Bearing with one another
Put on unconditional love
The bond of unity
Peace of Christ rules in your heart
Let the Word of Christ richly dwell in your hearts
Teach one another
Admonish one another
Do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
THE FUNCTIONS OF RELATIONSHIPS
Husbands…Initiators - One Way, Unconditional Love for Your Wives
Wives…Responders - Be Subject…In Submission to Your Husbands
Children…Responders…Obey Your Parents
OLD SELF LIFE DESCRIPTIONS
Bitterness (Husbands to Wives)
Exasperation (Fathers to Kids)
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…
…knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.
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