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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

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V. 6 ** As we turn our attention to verse six, does Paul indicate that the gospel truth is somehow limited?

Absolutely not! "...which has come to you, just as in all the world..."

** Is God's marvelous gospel truth stagnate, sluggish or dull, according to Paul?

No! "...it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing..."

** What does it mean that the gospel is bearing fruit?

1) Numerical increase - Acts 9:31
2) Trust and courage - Philippians 1:12-14
3) Glory to God alone - 1Thessalonians 1:8-9

** Who causes this amazing "growth"?

God, Himself! cf. Isaiah 55:11, 1Corinthians 3:4-7, Colossians 2:19

** How long had this God given growth been manifested among the saints at Colossae according to Paul?

"since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth" - "understood" is epiginosko in the Greek and means "to know exactly", it comes from two root words which mean "to come to know" and "upon or about". What Paul is saying is that the Colossians came to know about the gospel and fully accepted it by faith, giving them an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. They knew the gospel truth exactly!

V. 7 ** From whom had they learned it?

Epaphras - a truly faithful servant of Christ! He was most likely the founder of the church at Colossae and was probably their pastor. Having heard Paul preach in Ephesus, Epaphras returned to his Lycus valley town of Colossae and spread the good news.
cf. Acts 19:8-10 (from last week)

** How do you suppose the Colossian readers felt about the way that Paul describe his own feeling for Epaphras?

They had to be encourage and blessed to hear how much Paul loved their pastor and considered him to be a fellow bond-servant of the apostle's, as well as a faithful servant of Christ.

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