Concordia Theological Monthly

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st. paul, church, redemptive task, colossians, creator, colossae, redeemer, forgiveness

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"When I open the chapel door of the Epistle to the Colossians,'" Adolf Deissmann once observed, "it is as if Johann Sebastian Bach himself sat at the organ." The intricate craftsmanship and majestic chords of this short letter are bound to elicit this kind of response in any one engaged in its study, particularly of that pericope which is sometimes called ''The Great Christology'" (Col 1:15-20). Our reflection on the six verses which constitute this unit will bring also us to the place where we stand in breathless adoration before the apostle's staggering description of the redemptive task which God has set Himself in Jesus Christ.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Colossians 1:15-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Colossians 2:8; Colossians 2:16-19; Colossians 2:20-23; Colossians 2:9; Genesis 49:3; Romans 4:3-8; Psalm 89:27; Romans 8:20;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars