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Colossians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

LOVING THE FLOCK            Page 5
V. 4 (cont'd.)

** Who is ultimately behind that kind of "argument".

Satan himself! We are not to grant an audience to those who want to propagate Satanic lies. We can give them the truth if they will listen, but not in exchange for us having to listen to their heresy. cf. Colossians 2:8, Ephesians 4:14,6:11, 2Corinthians 2:11

V. 5 ** In our last verse for today, Paul continues to demonstrate how we can be "Loving the Flock". What does he do?

He rejoices in their "good discipline and the stability of [their] faith in Christ".

** Paul uses two military terms to describe the faith of the Colossians. What do they mean?

"good discipline" - taxis, refers to a line of soldiers drawn up for battle.

"stability" - stereoma, refers to the solidity of a formation of soldiers.

Together, these two terms express Paul's joy over the fact that the Colossians, both individually and collectively were standing firm against the attacks of false teaching. A very loving expression indeed.

** Paul said that he was "rejoicing to see" their firm faith in the truth of Christ. How had Paul seen that faith?

Through the eyes of their pastor, Epaphras. cf. Colossians 1:8

** Just one more thought before we bring our study to a close. What can be learned from Paul in the area of "Loving the Flock", even if you are not physically with them?

We need to be praying for each other, especially when we are apart! (Colossians 1:9)

We should take the time to communicate with each other, especially when we are apart! (Colossians 1:2)

We should genuinely encourage one another with the Biblical truths regarding Jesus Christ which we have in common by His grace. (Colossians 2:2)

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