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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Colossians 1

Verse 6

Verse 6

In all the world; that is, very generally throughout the then known world.

Verse 7

Verse 7

Epaphras. Epaphras seems to have gone from Colosse to Rome, to confer with Paul: possibly he was the bearer of the Epistle of the Laodiceans, mentioned in this Epistle. (Colossians 4:16.) A person named Epaphroditus was sent by the Philippians to Paul. Notwithstanding the similarity of the name, however, this last was probably, but perhaps not certainly, a different person.

Verse 8

Verse 8

Your love in the Spirit; your Christian fellowship and affection.

Verse 11

Verse 11

With all might; with all spiritual strength.

Verse 12

Verse 12

Made us meet to be; prepared us to be.

Verse 13

Verse 13

Translated us; transferred us.

Verse 14

Verse 14

Through his blood; through his atoning sufferings.

Verse 15

Verse 15

The image of the invisible God; imbodying, and manifesting to men, the attributes and characteristics of God; or, as it is expressed in 1 Timothy 3:16, God manifest in the flesh.--The first-born of every creature, the head of the whole creation; the expression "the first-born" denoting the chief or head.

Verse 16

Verse 16

By him; by his agency or instrumentality.

Verse 18

Verse 18

The first-born from the dead; the first who rose from death to immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:20.)

Verse 19

Verse 19

All fulness; every mark and token of preëminence.

Verse 20

Verse 20

The blood of his cross; the blood shed upon the cross; that is, the sufferings endured in that death.--To reconcile all things; to open the door of reconciliation for all.

Verse 21

Verse 21

Sometime; formerly.

Verse 22

Verse 22

In the body of his flesh; in his earthly body.--Through death, through the sufferings and death which he endured in that body.

Verse 24

Verse 24

That which is behind of the afflictions of Christ; that which remains to me of affliction to be endured in the cause of Christ.

Verse 26

Verse 26

The mystery which hath been hid; the doctrine of free salvation to all, through faith in Christ. This truth is often designated as a mystery; the knowledge of it having long been withheld from mankind.

Verse 27

Verse 27

The riches of, &c.--among the Gentiles; that is, the exceeding preciousness and value of it to the Gentiles, who were before considered beyond the reach of salvation.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Colossians 1". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ain/colossians-1.html. 1878.