November 9, 2003
v. 24 - Acts 9:15-16 - Christ, the Head, had borne His part.
Now the apostle in turn is doing his part in the great
sum of suffering on behalf of the body of Christ.
Such suffering is common to the Master and His servants.
The mystery - “Christ in you, the hope of glory” - v. 27
Sufferings/Glory - Rom. 8:16-18 Philippians 3:9-10
v. 25 - “to fulfill the word of God” - to execute the
Divine Commission - only Christ’s sufferings
were the merit of salvation for all!
He tread the winepress alone - in His temptation by
Satan, angels did not minister to Him until Satan had
left Him alone.
v. 26 - Eph. 3:1-11
ch. 4:13,15-16 - READ & comment
Apparently, St. Paul did not know the Laodecians and
even the Colossians personally. There is nothing in the
Acts of the Apostles that admits of him visiting this region
on any of his missionary journeys.
See ch. 1:7
The Church at Colosse and the one at Laodecia were
very closely allied in origin and condition.
The missing letter has a great chance of being the
letter to the Ephesians.
Ephesians and Colossians are very similar and
Mischief/Mystic systems/free masonry (secret
Allegories in a philosophic and universal religious
system - were compelled ???? to veil their inner
doctrine from the eyes of their stricter, unenlightened
or unsophisticated fellow-believers.
Very close relations - good friend, better or best friend
and close kinfolk.
Things hidden from the natural understanding and/or
previous searchings of men - I Cor. 2:6-16
Paul repudiates the notion of any secrecy or
exclusiveness in its proclamation. (See II Cor. 3:12-4:6)
“but now is made manifest to His saints” - thus the title of
the lesson - REVELATION!
Rom. 16:25-26 Ephesians 1:9-12
Peter’s confession - Acts 11:17-18
“manifest” - to make visible, clear, to uncover,
lay bare, reveal.
v. 27 - The Gentiles - Revelation was so momentous,
so signal in its method, so contrary to human
foresight and prejudice - proceeding as it did
from the will of God!
The book of Ephesians dwells on God’s will as the
cause of the whole counsel and work of salvation.
The apostle is amazed as he contemplates the
boundless riches which the salvation of the Gentiles
revealed in God Himself! Rom. 11:33-36
At last the mystery is defined - CHRIST IN YOU,
THE HOPE OF GLORY!
ch. 3:4 Phil. 3:21
v. 28 - “admonishing and teaching” - two essential
parts of Paul’s ministry - reproof for the past
and especially, warning for the future.
Putting in mind - REVIVAL - lost used to come.
Will MTV bring to mind the things of God - that
your life is a vapor that appears for a little time?
will pro football or basketball reveal to you that
you must stand before the judgment seat of Christ?
Will the local cinema deal with your immorality and
your need for a Savior?
Used to be that the school instructed some in
the ways of the Lord, now can you be admonished and
Thus the importance of not forsaking the coming to
God’s house, thus the importance of those in God’s
house taking the word to secular regions.
I am amazed at the inroads of the spirit of anti-christ
in the world today - Polly mentioned of its inroads
in Europe, esp. in Scotland of a teacher called by the
name of holylord?
Three times is the term “every man”
To every man the Divine wisdom in Christ is accessible.
“that we may present every man perfect in Christ” -
ch. 1:22 Eph. 4:13-14 - full grown as opposed to
Paul’s bodily suffering - v. 24 and his mental anxiety
in ch. 2:1 for the care of the churches.
Parallel with mischief, false teachings, satanic practices
openly in our society today and the toll it takes -
“vexed Lot’s righteous soul every day”- I mourn!
v.1 - close connection - Colosse and Laodecia.
“I would have you know” - though personally strangers
to Paul, he would have them know that he cared.
Ps. 142:4-5 Job 23:8-10a
Mischief and false teaching, the rejection of the
revelation in Colosse spreading to Laodecia or
v.2 - this mischief was unsettling and discouraging.
Knowledge without love - in this age of exaggerated
individualism and selfish culture seeking.
An arrogant self-seeking spirit - intellectual dishonesty
“being knit together in love” - Christians are
prepared to be “led into all the wealth of the
Divine knowledge that has been revealed”
Eph. 1:17-19 4:12-16
“all riches of the full assurance of understanding”
conviction - full measure of maturity.
The ripe, intelligent persuasion of one who enters
into the whole wealth of the “truth as it is in Jesus”
This inward assurance, this conviction, was to be a
fortress in which the Colossians entrenched themselves
against the attacks of error.
v. 3 - Everything
v. 4 - the error.
v. 5 - “your order and the steadfastness of your
faith” - military terms used of a solid front
of a prepared army ready for battle!