THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE
COLOSSIANS
 
Chapter: 1 2 3 4

O  U  T  L  I  N  E
- Introduction: Christ the Preeminent One Colossians 1
    - Salutation Colossians 1:1-2
    - Reasons for Thanksgiving Colossians 1:3-8
    - The Apostle's Prayer in view of the Colossians Colossians 1:9-23a
    - The Double Character of Paul's ministry Colossians 1:23b-29
- The Double Threat Facing the Saints: Philosophy and Religion Colossians 2:1-19
    - Paul's Labors that the Saints would be established Colossians 2:1-3
    - The danger of enticing words Colossians 2:4-7
    - #1. Philosophy (Rationalism) and Truths that would Preserve us from it Colossians 2:8-12
    - #2. Religion (Ritualism) and Truths that would Preserve us from it Colossians 2:13-19
- Practical Exhortations Colossians 2:20 - 4:6
    - The Double Remedy for the Believer: Death and Resurrection with Christ Colossians 2:20 - 3:4
    - The Outward Transformation of Our Lifestyle Colossians 3:5-17
    - Practical Exhortations for Our Natural Relationships Colossians 3:18 - 4:1
    - Practical Exhortations for our Prayer-lives Colossians 4:2-4
    - Practical Exhortations for our Public Testimony to this World Colossians 4:5-6
- Closing Salutations Colossians 4:7-18
    - Commendation of Tychicus and Onesimus Colossians 4:7-9
    - Greetings from Paul’s Friends Colossians 4:10-14
    - Paul’s Personal Farewell Colossians 4:15-18

Paul’s teaching of The Mystery. In Rom. 16:25 Paul says that his desire is to establish the saints in “my gospel” and in the “revelation of the Mystery”. We get the teaching of Paul’s gospel in the Epistle to the Romans, But the teaching of “the Mystery” we get in Ephesians and Colossians, but it is mentioned in Romans and I Corinthians. This is the truth that Paul suffered for. The Jewish leaders said “If you teach that these Gentile dogs are going to have a higher place of blessing that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… we’ll kill you.”

The “ifs” and “whens”. Colossians is a wilderness epistle like Philippians and Hebrews. Contrast with Ephesians where everything we have is “in heavenly places”… typified by Canaan.

Lines of truth in various epistles.
 - - -Seated
 - -RaisedRaised
 - -QuickenedQuickened
 -BuriedBuried -
DeadDeadDead -
CrucifiedCrucified - -
GalatiansRomansColossiansEphesians

In Romans you get “in Christ” (Rom. 8:1) but it is only in the negative sense – what the position saves you from. But in Ephesians and Colossians it is the positive side (Eph. 1:3) – what the position brings us into. In Romans you get “dead” in the aspect of “dead to sin” or separated from sin as to be no longer affected by its action. But in Colossians it is "dead with Christ" in a personal way.

“The Mystery”. We get the teaching of “the Mystery” in Ephesians and Colossians. Often we think of a “mystery” as something that is difficult to discover or decipher. Paul does not use the word in this way. Rather, it refers to a secret that was previously unknown, but now revealed and made plain. There are at least five different aspects of the mystery in Ephesians and Colossians; see encyclopedia entry for the Mystery.

Ephesians vs. Colossians. In Colossians we are incomplete without him (Col. 2:10), in Ephesians he is incomplete without us (Eph. 1:23)! One is what Christ is to the Church, the other is what the church is to Christ.