2.4 brothers secretly brought in... This is amazing that all this was going on.
2.8 he who worked through Peter ... worked also through me... Notice the trust and good will in the midst of sharp disagreement.
2.11 I opposed him to his face... This is preferable to the talk and lobby around behind people's back.
3.8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God... This is a very interesting expression. It also hints and the unity of foreknowing and choosing or decreeing.
3.24 until Christ came... Christ changes everything
Background of Colossians
Theme and outline
compare with other greetings and make note of significance of the particulars in this greeting
1.3-6 Thanksgiving for Colossians
Note the relationship between faith, love, and hope
What can be learned about the relationship between the good news and fruit bearing?
1.7-8 (& 4.12-13) Epaphras Ministry Characteristics
beloved, fellow-servant, faithful, minister, of Christ, declaring their love, striving in prayers, what he prayed for, much zeal
1.9-11 Prayer for the Colossians
fruitful in every good work
increasing in knowledge of God
strengthened for patience
1.12-14 Thanks for Christ's Work
1.15-16 Preeminence of Christ Pt. 1
image, "first-born", creator, sustainer
1.17-20 Preeminence of Christ Pt. 2
Before all things, head of the body, beginning, firstborn, preeminence, reconcile all things
our previous condition
God's design for us
established steadfastness in Gospel
1.23b-29 Paul's Ministry
the afflictions of Christ
stewardship from God
purpose of ministry
Psalm 75 Asaph; 10 vrs.; --??
75.3 I love this verse. When the earth totters ... it is I who keeps the pillars steady. Its nice to know that God has his hand on the pillars, cause things often seem kinda tottery.
75.7 judgement ... putting down ... lifting up... God, the great equalizer. Sooner or later he will level things out.
Psalm 76 Asaph; 12 vrs.; --??
76.2 Salem, another name for Jserusalem
76.10 the wrath of man shall praise You... All things work together...
76. Fear of God mentioned four times in the last half of this psalm.