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Colossians: A Circumcision Not Made with Hands

in whom also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands by the removal of the body of the sins of the flesh in the circumcision of the Christ, having been buried with Him in the immersion, in whom also you have been raised through faith of the energizing of God, the one who raised Him out from among the dead. Colossians 2:11-12

Colossians: A Circumcision Not Made with Hands2023-12-14T08:27:27-08:00

In One Accord (ὁμοθυμαδόν)

“In one accord” (ὁμοθυμαδόν) is a derivative of anger (θυμος), which expresses an inner burning heat combined with homogenize. By merging “thumos” (θυμος) with “same” (ομοιος), “in one accord” (ὁμοθυμαδόν) does not hold onto the concept of anger; rather, it only retains the intensity that thumos (θυμος) expresses.

This together intensity can be seen with those who do not want to hear the truth, Acts 7:57, and those who believed because of the signs and wonders being done through the Apostles at the beginning of the Church, Acts 8:6. In the secular realm “in one accord (ὁμοθυμαδόν)” is used of the people of Tyre and Sidon coming to Herod to retain peace, for their country was supplied with food from Herod, Acts 12:20. We also encounter this concept when Gallio was proconsul in Achaia, the Jews in one accord rose up against Paul, for they were angry that he was having such success with teaching the Jewish people about the resurrected Christ, along with all the Gentiles that were coming to salvation through the gospel Paul was proclaiming. They express their intense togetherness against Paul to Gallio, who dismisses them because it is not a matter of wrongdoing or a wicked crime being committed, Acts 18:12. This act from Gallio finally gave Paul time to rest from the persecution by the Jews. As the gospel of Christ spread through Ephesus, the silversmith Demetrius, whose primary business was selling idols of Diana, stirred up the city because the prosperity of the gospel of Christ was so predominant that it negatively impacted his business. Demetrius persuaded the other silversmiths of their dilemma, and in their wrath, they confused the city as they all, in one accord, rushed into […]

In One Accord (ὁμοθυμαδόν)2023-12-14T08:09:58-08:00

To Reckon (λογίζομαι)

“Reckon” expresses the concept of a determination made by a mathematical process and therefore taking into account or calculates in a logical manner, making a conclusion based upon this process.

In the fulfillment of Scripture, Christ was reckoned (numbered) among the transgressors, Mark 15:28. Even after being examined showed that no unrighteousness was found in Him, He was counted to be a transgressor by the leaders of Israel and the Romans so that they could justify putting Him to death.

The Chief Priests and scribes calculated their response to Jesus’ question concerning if John’s immersion was from men or heaven. In considering this they discussed among themselves the ramifications of saying it was from heaven and what the Messiah’s response would be, concluding to answer that they did not know rather than expose their hypocrisy, Mark 11:31.

One of the craftsmen called Demetrius, a silversmith who made shrines of Diana, called together his fellow tradesmen to stir up the city, for their profits had plummeted as a result of the truth of the gospel of the resurrected Christ taking root in Ephesus. Directing his accusation at Paul, for he had persuaded many people that there are no gods which are made with hands, Demetrius expresses his concern over their trade falling into disrepute so he calls upon them to consider Artemis and her supposed magnificence, Acts 19:26; therefore counting how much they would lose if she was not considered to be glorious.

For those who teach others the law, but then put themselves in a position where they are above the law, Paul encourages them to calculate the evidence that they will not be able to cause themselves to escape the judgment of God for doing the very things […]

To Reckon (λογίζομαι)2023-11-25T07:39:11-08:00

After These Things (μετὰ ταῦτα)

“After these things” gives us an important anchor in Scripture concerning the timing of events. It is more important during prophecy, but also in other areas we are carried along within the timeline of events by the use of “after these things”.

The first “after these things” we find is with Jesus showing signs and gathering His disciples. After Jesus heals a paralyzed man He found Levi, a tax collector, and says to Him “Follow Me” (Luke 5:23). So we see Christ began showing signs to the Jews before gathering all His disciples.

Christ warning His disciples concerning the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. They are not to fear those who can kill the body but after these things has no authority, Luke 12:4.

While instructing the apostles, Jesus uses an example of a slave and a master. When the slave is finished with his work, he is not treated in a special way by the master who only after these things eats himself; rather, the slave has simply done what was required (Luke 17:8).

As the Passover was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem and seeing the money changers in the temple, drove them out. The Jews, seeing this, requested a sign from Jesus where He states tear down this temple and in three days I will raise it up. After these things Jesus and His disciples went into the land of Judea. John 3:22.

While in Cana of Galilee a royal official requested from Jesus to come and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus stated to the official that his son lives, and the official believed Him. This was the second sign Jesus did in Judea and after these things […]

After These Things (μετὰ ταῦτα)2023-11-25T08:01:45-08:00

Colossians: Walking in Wisdom

Opening a Door to Speak the Mystery of the Christ, Colossians 4:2-6

Continuing in Worship, Colossians 4:2

Keeping it close at hand

 The Apostles devoted to worship and the ministry of the word, Acts 6:4

Have a boat ready, Mark 3:9

Worship is giving God credit for What He has Done, Revelation 4:10-11

We Should be Doing this Constantly, 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Worshiping With Thanksgiving

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

In All Things We Are to be Grateful, 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Concerning all, 1 Timothy 2:1

The Opening of a Door for the Word, Colossians 4:3

Speaking the Mystery of the Christ

The New Creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17

God Took of the Two and Made One, Ephesians 2:15

It was Hidden, but is Now Revealed, 1 Corinthians 2:6-8

Paul is in Bonds because of the Word of the Christ

Worshiping in Thanksgiving that Paul will be Able to Speak as it is Necessary, Colossians 4:4

Walk in Wisdom, Colossians 4:5

How We Conduct Ourselves with Those Outside of the Church

Wisdom is a Proper Use of Knowledge

If We Lack Wisdom, Ask and God will Provide It, James 1:5

Applying what we Know

What is God’s desirous will for me

How do I glorify (express a proper opinion of) God in this situation

Not a Worldly Wisdom, 1 Corinthians 3:19

Do Good to All, Galatians 6:10

Not Unequally Yoked, 2 Corinthians 6:14

We are Holy, 2 Peter 3:10-11

Not […]

Colossians: Walking in Wisdom2023-12-14T08:25:11-08:00
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