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Friday, April 6, 2012

In All

Look at Colossians 1:9 – 13.  One of the things that you look for in observing a text is repeated words, phrases, or concepts.  What do you see repeated in this passage?
Our relationship with Christ is to affect all aspects of our lives, everything.

I saw something that I had not seen before the repetition of the phrase “in all.”

  • In all spiritual wisdom and understanding
  • In all things pleasing
  • In all good works
  • In all power 
  • In all patience and forbearance

It is instructive that this was the content of Paul’s prayer for the Colossian believers and it squares completely with another theme that is emerging from another term that is repeated in the book, “fullness.”  It makes sense that Paul would pray for the out working of the believer’s relationship with Christ in all things when he is investing so much of the book describing and exhorting them to the full experience of their position in Christ.

Chase those words through the book, it is a challenging study.

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