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Colossians: 08 Partnership In Prayer

Concluding our study of Colossians, we will notice (Col. 4:2-6). Here, Paul offers a few final instructions on how Christians should live as God's new covenant community. Paul talks about the importance of prayer.

Flow of the Letter

Paul, writing to the church at Colossae, is encouraged and thankful for their faithfulness and love of God's people (Col. 1:3). He has talked about the fullness of Jesus and the work of Jesus in reconciling all things to God (Col. 1:15-23). One of the purposes Paul is writing can be found in (Col. 2:6-7).

Colossians 2:6–7 (NIV)

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."

Paul desires the church to remain focused on Jesus, built up, strengthened, and expressing an attitude of gratitude or thankfulness as they consider the fullness of Christ.

Although Paul is thankful and encouraged by the faithfulness of this young church, he is cautious and warns about cultural pressures that could pull their focus away from Christ. Two influences to resist were the observance of the laws of the Torah and teaching based on visions and the worship of angels (2:6-23).

Colossians 3 begins a new section of the letter. Paul begins explaining how the church should live as God's new creation, His covenant community in the culture.