Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Historical background

Purpose

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. INTRODUCTION 1:1-14

A. Salutation 1:1-2

B. Thanksgiving 1:3-8

C. Prayer 1:9-14

II. EXPLANATION OF THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST 1:15-29

A. The preeminent person of Christ 1:15-20

1. In relation to God the Father 1:15a

2. In relation to all creation 1:15b-17

3. In relation to the church 1:18-20

B. The reconciling work of Christ 1:21-29

1. As experienced by the Colossians 1:21-23

2. As ministered by Paul 1:24-29

Paul's sufferings 1:24

Paul's message 1:25-27

Paul's purpose 1:28

Paul's power 1:29

III. WARNINGS AGAINST THE PHILOSOPHIES OF MEN ch. 2

A. Exhortations to persevere in the truth 2:1-7

1. Paul's concern 2:1-5

2. Paul's exhortation 2:6-7

B. The true doctrine of Christ 2:8-15

C. The false doctrines of men 2:16-23

IV. EXHORTATIONS TO PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING 3:14:6

A. The basic principle 3:1-4

B. The proper method 3:5-17

1. Things to put off 3:5-11

2. Things to put on 3:12-17

C. The fundamental relationships 3:184:1

1. Wives and husbands 3:18-19 (cf. Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Pet. 3:1-7)

2. Children and parents 3:20-21 (cf. Eph. 6:1-4)

3. Slaves and masters 3:224:1 (cf. Eph. 6:5-9; 1 Pet. 2:18-25)

D. The essential practice 4:2-6

V. CONCLUSION 4:7-18

A. The bearers of this epistle 4:7-9

B. Greetings from Paul's companions 4:10-14

C. Greetings to others 4:15-17

D. Paul's personal conclusion 4:18

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