Lesson 4: Christ in You (Colossians 1:24-2:4)
Day One Study
1. Read Colossians 1:1-2:4. Now look specifically at verses 1. Read Colossians 1:1-2:4. Now look specifically at verses 1:24-2:4. What is Paul’s main goal in life?
2. Are there any ideas/words repeated or stressed?
3. What is your concept of a mystery?
Focus on the Meaning: The Greek word translated “mystery” means something “previously unknown, but now-revealed truth.” The Greeks talked much of “mysteries.” Paul takes their very word and uses it for the gospel. “This contrasted with the Colossian heretics’ notion that a mystery was a secret teaching known only to an exclusive group and unknown to the masses.” (The Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, p. 674)
4. What does Paul say about God’s mystery? What is the mystery?
5. What do you think may have been the “fine-sounding/persuasive argument” (v. 4) proclaimed by the false teachers at Colossae?
6. What does Colossians 2:2-3 have to say about that?
7. The gospel is public information. There are no secrets just for a few. How does what Paul says in Colossians 1:6, 23, 26 support this?
8. Deeper Discoveries (optional): What do you think verse 24 means? Was Christ’s suffering enough for our salvation? See John 17:4; 19:30; 2 Corinthians 1:5-7; 13:4; Philippians 3:10 and 1 Peter 4:13. According to Romans 5:3-5, what is beneficial from suffering, anyway?
9. In verse 1:25, Paul talks about a commission from God. See also Galatians 1:1 and 2:8-9. How did Paul go about God’s business? Give examples.
10. Staying Healthy: How should you go about God’s business? See Ephesians 4:11, Philippians 3:7-11 and Romans 1:1; 12:11 for additional help.
Day Two Study
11. Read Colossians 1:1-2:4. As you read through the following verses, notice the phrases, “in Him,” “by Him,” “in Christ,” and “through Him.” What do these verses say about who you are AND what you have in Christ?
· Ephesians 1:3—
· Ephesians 1:13—
· Ephesians 2:10—
· Ephesians 3:12—
· 1 Corinthians 1:30—
· 2 Corinthians 5:17—
· 2 Corinthians 5:21—
· Romans 5:9—
· Romans 8:1—
12. Why do you think there is so much emphasis on the phrases “in Him, “in Christ,” and “through Him”?
13. Deeper Discoveries (optional): Read Ephesians 1:1-2:10. Write down what you possess as a believer, or what is true of you as a believer. Personalize it. EXAMPLE: “I am a saint.” (1:1) How many can you find?
14. Staying Healthy: How does Christ in you impact your life today? Tomorrow? What habitual attitudes and actions on your part would you like to see Christ in you change?
15. According to today’s passage, why should we proclaim Christ?
16. Is the responsibility for being perfect/complete upon you? What do Colossians 1:22, 29 and 2:9-10 reveal about this?
17. Who is the source of Paul’s and your energy/power in Colossians 1:29? Power to do what?
Focus on the Meaning: “Developing maturity in believers took great labor or wearisome toil and even struggling or agonizing like an athlete in an arena (cf. 1 Cor. 9:25; 1 Tim. 6:12). The power for this struggle came from Christ (cf. Phil. 4:13).” (The Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, p. 676)
18. Staying Healthy: What difference does knowing about Christ’s power in you for your own spiritual maturity make when you are facing everyday life, a difficult day or task? Get specific—think about events in your recent past (like yesterday!!)
19. Considering the relationship that Paul has with this church and the main emphasis of his letter, what is the significance of the phrase “knit together/united in love” in Colossians 2:2?
Think About It: “Only a love which penetrates to the heart and wells up from the heart can sustain the sort of unity that Paul sought.” (Constable’s Notes on Colossians, p. 25)
20. What danger would there be in a church without love? Look ahead to Colossians 3:14 for additional answers.
Jesus Christ is above all powers and authorities, in all believers, and is all we need for earth and heaven!!