You might feel a sense of déjà vu as you read Colossians. That’s because it touches on some of the same issues as Galatians.
Today, we’ll read pages 189-195 from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.
Like the believers in Galatia, the Colossians were predominantly Gentile (non-Jewish). Also like the Galatians, they were being pressured to observe Jewish customs as a requirement for salvation. Paul’s response? When you have Jesus the Messiah, you already have everything you need!
Pages 189 – 195 from Colossians
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our
brother, To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in
Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
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