We have had some amazing discussions in our first week of study as we discovered truth for ourselves in the Book of Colossians “That I May Know Him” by Kay Arthur and David Lawson.
We are just beginning our discussion of Week Two this week, and no doubt it will be just as powerful! We have dug deep into Chapter One these past two weeks. It’s like panning for gold, you sift and sift and keep uncovering golden nuggets of truth to store in the treasure chest of our hearts.
Paul begins his letter with greetings to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ at Colosse. I find it amazing that he penned another letter from prison in Rome where he was kept under close guard at all times. However, he had the freedom to write and send out letters. Although imprisoned, Paul had freedom which only comes with knowing Jesus Christ. It got me to thinking about how many of us are in a prison, locked away by circumstances beyond our control that has left us behind invisible bars. We have freedom in Christ; however, we choose to remain imprisoned by difficulties that wash over us like a rip-tide.
In Week One, Paul tells us that we have hope that is laid up for us in heaven which we heard in God’s Word of Truth…the Gospel (Colossians 1:5).
It’s that confident hope that frees us from our invisible prison only when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. God has given us a sure thing… Heaven…because of this we know our true destination and our salvation is a sure thing. Although the enemy will put doubts in our minds, we have been rescued from this domain of darkness, and transferred to the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Colossians 1:13).
What a beautiful promise! We are rescued, we are redeemed….from the darkness into His glorious light! Doesn’t this make you want to shout Hallelujah?
In Week Two, Paul warns the Colossians about certain dangers, which is the main purpose of his writing to the Colossians.
“I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.” Colossians 2:4
Kay Arthur wrote in Day Two that the word delude means “to cheat by false reckoning.” This is the problem Paul wrote about to the church of Colosse, and it is an ongoing problem to us today. If we do not study truth for ourselves, which is the whole purpose of Inductive Bible Studies, we are in danger of being deluded with persuasive arguments. We could very easily be caught up in false doctrine that sounds like truth. Christian faith provides a growth track into knowledge of the truth, but along the way we have to guard ourselves against being deceived by lies masquerading as “well-crafted arguments.”
The way we ground ourselves on the solid ground of God’s truths is to develop our knowledge of His Word, observing truth for ourselves, through prayer and daily Bible study. My continued prayer is the prayer of Paul:
“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it (the Gospel), we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:9-10).
Let’s continue to pray this prayer of Paul as we continue our study of Colossians.
Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week: “Your only protection against believing a lie and being deluded by a persuasive argument is to know the Truth.”
I pray this study has been a blessing to you as it has for me! Can’t wait to join you in our discussion groups this week.
BIBLE STUDY TIP: Read through Colossians as if you just received this letter in your mailbox. Write your first impressions of this book in your notebook or journal.
DIGGING DEEPER: Write Chapter 1 of Colossians in your notebook or journal.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE FORTHCOMING WEEK:
- Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
- Complete your study of Week Two, “That I May Know the Truth!” Follow the instructions for the daily assignments.
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Store in your heart Colossians 1:15-16 (Week Two, Day Seven). A “Store in Your Heart” form is located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- If you haven’t done so already in Week One, do an online word study on “the Gospel” (Colossians 1:5) at http://www.blueletterbible.org. Record your findings on the Word Study Form located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK TWO (answer in small groups or post a comment below:
- Paul’s primary warning to the church at Colosse is found in Colossians 2:4, “I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument.” What was Paul trying to warn them about? Is this a warning for us today? Why or why not?
- What did you learn about knowledge (wisdom) this week? How did this compare to the cross references we read in Isaiah 11:1-2 about wisdom and knowledge?
- What does the phrase first-born mean? Does it mean Jesus is the first thing God created? Explain your answer from what we studied this week. (Colossians 1:18)
- What does Paul mean that we were once hostile to the things of God? (Colossians 1:21)
- In what ways has the Holy Spirit encouraged your heart as you observed who Christ is and what He has done for you as a child of God?
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WEEK ONE:
- What did you learn about the gospel from marking the references to it? How has the gospel made an impact in your life?
- What did you learn about the way Paul prayed for the Colossians in 1:3-14? What are the results of being “filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding”?
- What did you learn about Jesus from Colossians 1? How would you teach this to a new Christian?
- What does reconciliation mean? How are you reconciled to God? (Colossians 1:20)
- How did the Holy Spirit minister to you this week as you learned about the gospel and prayer? What is one action that you will do differently because of what you have learned?
Praying for you,