Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Summary of Colossians 1

It is amazing how Col. 1.21-23 presents such a neat little summary of several major themes in the epistle so far. This short little section, Witherington regards it as a partitio, recapiulates a number of ideas already presented, including: hope and gospel (1.5), world-wide mission (1.6), perseverance (1.11), salvation as transference to a new state (1.12-14), and reconciliation through Jesus’ death (1.20). Sounds like a good five point sermon on Colossians 1!

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