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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson One

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V. 2 ** To whom in Colossae is Paul writing?

"...to the saints and faithful brethren..."
The word used here for "saints" is hagios and means holy or holy ones or set apart. It is used 169 times in the New Testament to refer to that which is set apart unto God. cf. Romans 1:1

** Is Paul referring here to two groups?

No - the definite article "the" is not repeated before the second noun, indicating a single thought. Paul is saying that the "saints" are in fact those who can be referred to as "faithful".

Is that how the Lord looks at you? Do others see your faithfulness, because Christ has "set you apart" for His service?

** What is the significance of the phrase "in Christ"?

We (as Christian) are in union with Jesus Christ. This marvelous theme is repeated in 1Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, 1&2Thessalonians and Titus. It is impossible to think of yourself as a Christian without understanding that your life is hidden in Christ. cf. Colossians 3:3

** The next descriptive phrase used by Paul gives us the geographical location of these saints, but are they the only ones to whom Paul was writing?

They were "at Colossae", but Paul also wanted other Christians to benefit from this Holy Spirit inspired masterpiece. cf. Colossians 4:16

** Still in verse two, Paul's description of his recipients is followed by one of his shortest salutations. What are the two ingredients of this salutation?

Grace - cf. Ephesians 2:8
Peace - cf. John 14:27 and Philippians 4:7

Note: Paul's shortest salutation - 1Thessalonians 1:1
Paul's longest salutation - Romans 1:1-7

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