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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson One

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V. 1 ** With what familiar term does Paul describe himself?

"...an apostle..." (of Jesus Christ)

** What have we learned about that term, in that it differs from a disciple?

The word "apostolos" is used 79 times in the New Testament and means "sent one". Disciple, "mathetes" on the other hand, means "to learn or learner".
cf. Matthew 9:36-38 and Matthew 10:1-2

** When was Paul "sent" and by whom?

On the road to Damascus, by Jesus Christ Himself!
cf. Acts 9:3-6 with Romans 1:14 and 1Corinthians 9:16

** According to verse one, is there any doubt in Paul's mind regarding Who's idea it was for him to become an apostle?

No - it was in fact "by the will of God"!

1Corinthians 1:1 "by the will of God"
2Corinthians 1:1 "by the will of God"
Ephesians 1:1 "by the will of God"
2Timothy 1:1 "by the will of God"

Galatians 1:1 "an apostle (not sent from men, nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raise Him from the dead)

** Next, Paul includes Timothy in his opening greeting. Does that indicate that Timothy wrote part or all of this epistle with Paul?

No, throughout this epistle Paul will use the singular, first person reference to himself. He is merely including his close friend and companion in the faith in this opening greeting.
cf. Colossians 1:23, 1:24-2:5, 4:3 and 4:7-18

** How does Paul describe Timothy?

He calls him "our brother". Do you recall from our study of Philippians how highly Paul regarded this faithful worker for Christ? cf. Philippians 2:19-22

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