Colossians Chapter 1
Study Six:  Lesson Two -- Refuting the Heresy (Part 1)
Lesson Two
Refuting the Heresy - (Part 1)

You need to know that at this point in Paul's letter to the Colossians, he is starting to address their "hollow and deceptive thinking."  We know that there is an "Heresy" or false-teaching(s) present in the Church of Colosse.

Assignment:  Define "Heresy"

Paul's purpose is to refute the heresy that has taken hold of the "Christians" in Colosse.  He lays it out for them:
  • Christ is the very image of God (1:15),
  • Christ is the Creator (1:16),
  • Christ is the beginning and the end, the sustainer of all things (1:17),
  • Christ is the head of the church (1:18),
  • Christ is the first to be resurrected (1:18),
  • Christ is the fullness of God in bodily form (1:19),
  • Christ reconciles us to God (1:20-22).


Advanced Assignment:    What were some of the false teachings that Paul might have been addressing in this passage?   (We will discuss in the next lesson)


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Study Six:  “Christ is Supreme”        
Colossians 1:15-20

Upon talking to a wayward loved one, you would probably address them gently at first – to let them know of your care and concern – then delve into their problem. This is what Paul has done in the preceding Scriptures. In this passage, he forcefully makes his point – “he [Christ] is before all things.” This chapter will patiently lead the reader to Paul’s conclusion that Christ is the full representation of God.

Verse 15      He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Verse 16      For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers  rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
Verse 17      He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Verse 18     And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in  everything he might have the supremacy.
Verse 19     For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
Verse 20    and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace   through his blood, shed on the cross.

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