New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1

by Don R. Hender

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              CHAPTER 1

Redemption comes through Christ—He created all things, is in the image of God, and is the Firstborn of the Father.

Redemption comes only through Jesus Christ—The Father by, in and through Jesus as Jehovah created all things—We and Jesus are in the image of God, body and spirit—Jesus as Jehovah was and is the Firstborn spirit Son of the Father from before the world was, from that beginning.
  1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
  2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
  4 Since we heard of your afaith in Christ Jesus, and of the blove which ye have to all the saints,
  5 For the ahope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the bgospel;
  6 Which is come unto you, aas it is in all the world; and bringeth forth bfruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the cgrace of God in truth:
  7 As ye also learned of aEpaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
  8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
  9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the aknowledge of his bwill in all wisdom and spiritual cunderstanding;
  10 That ye might awalk bworthy of the Lord unto all cpleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the dknowledge of God;
  11 aStrengthened with all might, according to his bglorious cpower, unto all patience and longsuffering with djoyfulness;
  12 Giving athanks unto the Father, which hath bmade us meet to be partakers of the cinheritance of the saints in light:
  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of adarkness, and hath translated us into the bkingdom of his dear cSon:
  14 In whom we have aredemption through his blood, even the bforgiveness of sins:
  15 Who is the aimage of the invisible bGod, the cfirstborn of devery creaturea:
  16 For by him were all athings bcreated, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or cprincipalities, or powers: all things were dcreated by him, and for him:
  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things aconsist.
 15a the firstborn of every creature There is only one way whereby Jesus Christ who was born of the flesh of Mary in the meridian of time could be the 'firstborn of every creature' and that is in that Spirit Birth before the foundation of the world. And indeed Jesus was from that beginning spirit born, the Firstborn of the Father in the Spirit. And in that preexistent realm he was chosen by the Father and anointed of him with power and glory to the end that in and through Jesus as Jehovah were the temporal heavens and earth created. And that spirit was in the image of God the Father which is in the image which Jesus bore in the flesh, head, shoulders, knees and toes; eyes ears, mouth and nose. Thus we all are in the image of God, our spirits as his spirit children and out temporal bodies so fashioned to house that spirit in shape and form. This truth was held by the early church and was presented by Eusebius as a part of his History of the Church, this very scripture there in being quoted and also so presented in the proper defense of the very nature of God at that first Nicene council which was them corrupted into the doctrine of the Holy Trinity held by Traditional Christianity today. (See History of the Church by Eusebius Book 1 chapter 2-2 and chapter 3-8 as well as his letter to his congregation concerning the events of the Nicene Council.)
  18 And he is the ahead of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the bfirstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all afulness dwell;
  20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to areconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
  21 And you, that were asometime balienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
  22 In the body of his flesh through adeath, to present you holy and bunblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
  23 If ye acontinue in the faith bgrounded and settled, and be not cmoved away from the dhope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
  24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the aafflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
  25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the adispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
  26 Even the amystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made bmanifest to his saints:
  27 To whom God would make aknown what is the briches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
  28 Whom we apreach, bwarning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesusa:
  29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
 28a that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus Herein lies the mystery of how fallen man may be brought back into the presence of a perfect God. And that is by the worthiness of the Lamb being inputted unto righteousness upon every man according to their faith in Jesus Christ unto the removal of their sins from them through the work of the atonemnt of Jesus Christ. And only in and through him may man be saved and return unto God and the Kingdom of Heaven for every man is of the sinful nature of the creature of the flesh, wretched men that we are. But in and through Jesus Christ that fallen creature of sin is reputeated and removed in favor of that righteous perfectness which lies in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.