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Liberty University [email protected] University The Owner's Manual File Theological Studies 11-2017 Article 51: Colossians at a Glance Harold Willmington Liberty University , [email protected] Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Biblical Studies Commons , Christianity Commons , Practical Theology Commons , and the Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion Commons This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Theological Studies at [email protected] University. It has been accepted for inclusion in The Owner's Manual File by an authorized administrator of [email protected] University. For more information, please contact [email protected] . Recommended Citation Willmington, Harold, "Article 51: Colossians at a Glance" (2017). The Owner's Manual File . 61.
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68 COLOSSIANS AT A GLANCE This book emphasizes the head of the body (Jesus) as opposed to Ephesians which stressed the body (the church) of the head. In the epistle Paul speaks of the deity of the Savior, the danger of the serpent and the duty of the saints. BOTTOM LINE INTRODUCTION THE PREEMINENCE OF THE PREEMINENT ONE, THE GLORIES OF THE GLORIOUS ONE. FACTS REGARDING THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK 1. Who? Paul. He was also known as Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:11). This relentless enemy of Christians (Acts 8:3; 22:5, 19; 26:11; Gal. 1:13) would, following his conversion (Acts 9:3-9), become the greatest missionary, church planter, soul winner, and theologian in church history, authoring nearly half of the New Testament books! 2. What? The books of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon. 3. When and where? Written around 60 A.D. from Rome. 4. Why and to whom? This epistle is a defense against the false philosophies of the day, and to present the preeminence of Christ. It was addressed to the church at Colosse. KEY EVENTS 1. Paul’s prayer for the church; Christ’s deity and the church described as a mystery 2. Warnings in regards to the enemies of the church 3. Holy living by the people in the church 4. Closing challenges and greetings from Paul’s co -workers KEY INDIVIDUALS 1. Paul, author of Colossians and at least 12 other New Testament books, church planter, evangelist, missionary, and perhaps the greatest of all the apostles 2. Tychicus, sent by Paul to Colosse during the apostle s first Roman imprisonment to bring to the church the Epistle of Colossians 3. Epaphras, prayer warrior from Colosse who had come to Rome that he might assist Paul during the apostle’s first imprisonment 4. Onesimus,
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