This passage deals with the topic of legalism in the church. Try to answer what that means and how we should respond to it. A good cross reference to look at is Romans 14:5-12.
This passage really speaks to how much Christ did for us on the cross. Meditate on that today in your study.
This section in my Bible is called “Not Philosophy But Christ.” Try to explore today what is meant by this and the warning Paul is giving to the Colossians.
Thank God for the “mystery” revealed to Paul! Because of it everyone who chooses can have access to salvation through Jesus.
For such a small section of Scripture, there is sure a lot of truth about God, humanity, and the relationship between the two in these 3 verses. One of the things that is always encouraging to me is to see the contrast in scripture between who we were before our relationship with Jesus and who we are after a relationship with Jesus. While it is important to remember that this transition only happens when someone accepts Jesus as Lord or their life, trusting in His finished work on the cross to justify them before the Father, the change is always something I marvel at.
Steps for Study
1) What does the text say?
2) What questions do I have about the text?
1) What does the text mean?
2) What does the context reveal?
1) What does the text reveal about God?
2) What does the text reveal about Jesus?
1) Does this text apply to me?
2) How should this impact the way I live?
Points for Prayer
Praising God for who He is and what He has done.
Acknowledging and naming our specific sins, and inviting God to help identify areas where we need to grow.
Thanking God for what we have and what He has done for us.
Asking God for what we desire, recognizing that if it is not His desire the answer will be “no”
Praying for the people around you, i.e. family, friends, teachers, government leaders, etc.