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Colossians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

REMINDING THE FLOCK            Page 3

V.13 ** As Paul continues "Reminding the Flock", he takes them back to the beginning. How does he describe their pre-Christ life?

They "were dead in [their] transgressions and the uncircumcision of [their] flesh".
cf. Ephesians 2:1,11-12

** Why would Paul spend time reminding them of their former state, that which they lived in before becoming Christians?

For the purpose of comparison! Knowing that we have been saved for all eternity, is only good news when compared to the dark sin of our hearts and the eternal judgment which was upon our souls prior to God's saving grace delivering us into the light of His kingdom.
Remember: Colossians 1:13-14

** Fortunately, Paul does not leave them dwelling on their dark, hopeless past. Of what does he remind them next concerning their new life?

God made them (and us) "alive together with Him".All see - Ephesians 2:4-7

God: made us alive with Christ (V.5)
raised us up with Him (V.6)
seated us with Him in glory (V.6)
will show us kindness in Him (V.7)

** Back in verse 13 of our text for today, Paul adds one more amazing thing to our remembrance, what is it?

He wants to remind us that God has "forgiven us all our transgressions".

paraptoma is the word used here by Paul for transgressions and literally means "a false step". It comes from a root word, parapipto, meaning "to fall in".

** How much of our stumbling around in sin has our gracious God forgiven?

All of it! Now that is a wonderful thing and should cause our hearts to rejoice.
cf. Psalm 32:1 with Acts 10:43

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