Key Word of Colossians: MYSTERY!

It’s Paul’s Acts 28 jail time and AD 60 to 62, best we can tell. From prison, Paul writes 4 epistles: Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon and Philippians. Colossians had been infected with a Gnostic heresy; a ‘special’ knowledge that only those most holy could know. It was a ‘mystery’. Paul blows that whole thing up by supremely exalting Christ! As Galatians and Romans revolved around salvation, and the Corinthian letters about proper order in the church, and the Thessalonian letters revolving around Christ’s Return and the end times; so, Colossians uses the word ‘mystery’ 4 times in relation to the Person of Jesus Christ.

See 8 of the Elements in chapter 1. Make no mistake, the issue is #1, righteousness. It’s in verses 2, 12, 22, 26 and 28 with the words holy, saints, and perfect. It’s entirely about the forgiveness of our #2, sins says verse 14 and 21. We find #5, the Gospel all over this chapter with verses 5 and 6, 23 and 25. The Gospel is His death, shed Blood, and resurrection says verses 18, 20 and 22. We only need to #7, believe it and upon Him says verses 4 and 23. The result is our#8, New Birth according to verses 13 and 14, 20 and 22, and it is the ‘mystery’ of which he mentions 4 times, twice here in verses 26 and 27. The ‘mystery’ is Christ IN you, the confident expectation of glory with eternal life in #10 the Kingdom! See verses 5, 12 and 13, for more mention of this. There is #9, New Life instruction for us with verses 9 thru 12, and 23. But, the real subject of the chapter is clearly #4, the Savior, Jesus Christ. Learn Him from verses 15 thru 20 and 22, and verses 27 and 28. See the absolute supremacy of Christ and the fullness we have in Him!

From chapter 2, easily 6 elements appear. There is good #9, New Life instruction in verses 2 thru 8, and 16 thru 18. We have everything thru simple #7, faith in #4, the Savior, Jesus Christ, says verses 5 thru 7, and 12. Know this Savior from verses 5, 8 and 9. See the 2 elements of #5, the Gospel. Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead with verses 12 thru 15. All this results in many expressions for our #8, New Birth in verses 6, and 10 thru 13. All this was from our #2, sins says verses 13 and 14; while others remain in theirs according to verses 18 thru 23. The real mystery is Christ in you, the hope of Glory!

Chapter 3 begins the #9, New Life application of the doctrinal instruction of the first 2 chapters. Since you have partaken of #8, the New Birth says verses 1 and 3, now #9, Live this away: Put to death says verse 5 thru 9 all these #2, sinful things, and put on the new self says verses 10 and 11. Yes, #9, clothe yourselves as those who are #1, holy with all that is in verses 12 thru 24. For us there is reward and #10, the Kingdom according to verses 1 thru 4 and verse 24. But for all others who continue to #2, sin, there is only the fearful prospect of #3, severe judgment says verses 6 and 25! It’s what the Book is all about!

Harold F Crowell


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I am an evangelical Christian who has been a reader and a student of the Word of God for more than 4 decades. I want to share my discoveries from out of the Word of God for the edification of others.
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3 Responses to Key Word of Colossians: MYSTERY!

  1. Augury Harbinger says:

    Quite edifying and refreshing after I had read so much about Bible translations recently, that I almost discarded the New Testament and stuck to the LIVING WORD instead. Controversies around the idolized translation and the “various Pauls who wrote” broke my heart as it had taken away my innocence. Your blog helps to find the middle of the road again.

    • If you think it might be of help… go back to where I started this most recent New Testament study around this 10 Essential Elements concept that came to me beginning in March. It is a thesis at this stage of which I am seeking to either bear out or falsify, by taking it thru the entire NT. So far, by the grace of God, it appears He has given me what I now refer to as The New Testament Literacy Tool! Thank you for your kind words. Harold

      • Augury Harbinger says:

        I think I should be doing just that. I also have a problem with Christianity preaching grace but then turn Paul’s writings into a regimental law, in my opinion nullifying the sacrifice of Christ Jesus. After all, what Paul & others wrote really is an explanation to the Gentiles of what had been written down by Moses in the Torah. The Torah & Tanakh are full of Jesus, yet very few Christians have a solid foundation in that and too many are “Paul Only” or “New Testament Only” kind of believers. When I found so many errors in translations of especially the NT, I was appalled. “Paul” wrote to Timothy that the Scriptures (at the time the NT did not even exist) were inspired by God but Christianity generally bury that and only read the blogs of Paul and a few others, following their tweets and are their facebook fans without understanding where it all originated from. Yes, I will be visiting and reading to find the key elements. As for translations that people religiously stick to, if they knew the truth they might lose their faith. There is a message in Isaiah 9:6 and 11:2 that aligns with John 1 but twisted by early translators, to create and entirely new doctrine that would even tell us that eunuchs served in His Temple, which is a direct contradiction of Deuteronomy! It is because translators mistook words in Aramaic and translated it as if it were Hebrew. What Jesus said was that earnest believers lived in celibacy as advised even by “Paul” much later and nowhere was anyone castrated for temple service. Moreover, the camel through the needle’s eye was, in fact, a rope. The list goes on and on; sadly, Christian doctrine and our morality rests upon erroneous translation. Even the best Bibles, such as non-English ones that are translated more correctly, err in many respects. It would be interesting to see how true the One New Man Bible is. Our faith is based upon Spirit (as He is Spirit) and Truth (as He is Truth.) Therefore, our own teachings should be Spirit-guided and True, no almost liberal interpretations by somewhat academically educated laymen. As a former forensic auditor, their translation of especially the NT would be seen even as fraud according to today’s standards. Therefore, we need to find the key message(s), compare it to the Old Testament and reject what is by no means the “inerrant brathe of God” as there are simply too many incarnations of that, no less than eleven (which one did He breathe??) and then some with Apocrypha and some without. The NIV removed texts added by rather creative translators and therefore is rejected by fundamentalists and purveyors of a doctrine different to the one taught in Jerusalem. My purpose is to cut away fat, bone and sinews and be left with solid steak that nourishes the spirit.

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