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Christ Is Our All

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Colossians 2:6-15 would have been today’s first reading if not for the Feast of the Birth of Our Lady. I write about this selection for the purpose of illustrating how to outline discursive materials found in the Scriptures. This project supplements what we are doing here.

An Outline of Colossians 2:6-19

Below is an outline of Colossians 2:6-19 (click for a larger view).

 Colossians2_6-15

Our liturgical selection covers only part of a whole idea: that the Colossians live rooted in Christ who is to be their all. Thus they are not to be distracted by questions surrounding circumcision since they have received the circumcision called for by the prophet Jeremiah (cf. Jeremiah 4:4) and by people who judge them according to certain practices in eating and drinking and the celebration of feasts. Notice that verse 19 mentions a disconnection with Christ the Head in contrast with the idea of being rooted in Christ in v. 6.

Some Important Insights

  • Paul’s admonition to live in Christ is followed by the words “rooted, built up in Him, strengthened in the faith” and to live in thankfulness. This Christological emphasis on the life of the Christians of Colossae is based on the baptism they have received (cf. 12) See an article on vv. 12-14 here.
  • Verse 15 may appear like an echo of what is contained in Colossians 1:15-20. It has a specific role in its context though: to highlight the fact that Christ alone should be the life of the Colossians. In Him God dwells and therefore the Colossians need no longer to join others in a search for God. Second, in Christ one is already circumcised and therefore one need not hanker after what is peddled by other missionaries. Lastly, they don’t need to worry about observances based on the moon and the stars since these are but shadows that point to Christ. For the modern Christian, one should find here a warning against religious syncretism and a spiritualism that is alien to the Christian gospel.
  • The baptism of the Christian is underlined in vv. 13-15. Through it, they have received forgiveness for sins.
  • Notice too that within the context of the discussion of the grace of baptism is the mention of the cross of Christ. It is to the cross that God has nailed the note that said “I owe God for my sins”. And it was also under the cross that the principalities and powers were defeated, in an image of a battle won at the death and resurrection of Christ.

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Colossians 2:6-15
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6As therefore you have received Jesus Christ the Lord, walk ye in him;
7Rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in him in thanksgiving.
8Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy, and vain deceit; according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ:
9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporeally;
10And you are filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power:
11In whom also you are circumcised with circumcision not made by hand, in despoiling of the body of the flesh, but in the circumcision of Christ:
12Buried with him in baptism, in whom also you are risen again by the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him up from the dead.
13And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh; he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences:
14Blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the cross:
15And despoiling the principalities and powers, he hath exposed them confidently in open shew, triumphing over them in himself.
Colossians 2:6-19
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6As therefore you have received Jesus Christ the Lord, walk ye in him;
7Rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in him in thanksgiving.
8Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy, and vain deceit; according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ:
9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporeally;
10And you are filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power:
11In whom also you are circumcised with circumcision not made by hand, in despoiling of the body of the flesh, but in the circumcision of Christ:
12Buried with him in baptism, in whom also you are risen again by the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him up from the dead.
13And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh; he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences:
14Blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the cross:
15And despoiling the principalities and powers, he hath exposed them confidently in open shew, triumphing over them in himself.
16Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in respect of a festival day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths,
17Which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.
18Let no man seduce you, willing in humility, and religion of angels, walking in the things which he hath not seen, in vain puffed up by the sense of his flesh,
19And not holding the head, from which the whole body, by joints and bands, being supplied with nourishment and compacted, groweth unto the increase of God.
Colossians 2:6-19
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6As therefore you have received Jesus Christ the Lord, walk ye in him;
7Rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in him in thanksgiving.
8Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy, and vain deceit; according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ:
9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporeally;
10And you are filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power:
11In whom also you are circumcised with circumcision not made by hand, in despoiling of the body of the flesh, but in the circumcision of Christ:
12Buried with him in baptism, in whom also you are risen again by the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him up from the dead.
13And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh; he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences:
14Blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the cross:
15And despoiling the principalities and powers, he hath exposed them confidently in open shew, triumphing over them in himself.
16Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in respect of a festival day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths,
17Which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.
18Let no man seduce you, willing in humility, and religion of angels, walking in the things which he hath not seen, in vain puffed up by the sense of his flesh,
19And not holding the head, from which the whole body, by joints and bands, being supplied with nourishment and compacted, groweth unto the increase of God.
Jeremiah 4:4
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4Be circumcised to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your hearts, ye men of Juda, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my indignation come forth like fire, and burn, and there be none that can quench it: because of the wickedness of your thoughts.
Colossians 1:15-20
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15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him.
17And he is before all, and by him all things consist.
18And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he may hold the primacy:
19Because in him, it hath well pleased the Father, that all fullness should dwell;
20And through him to reconcile all things unto himself, making peace through the blood of his cross, both as to the things that are on earth, and the things that are in heaven.
Colossians 2:6-15
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6As therefore you have received Jesus Christ the Lord, walk ye in him;
7Rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in him in thanksgiving.
8Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy, and vain deceit; according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ:
9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporeally;
10And you are filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power:
11In whom also you are circumcised with circumcision not made by hand, in despoiling of the body of the flesh, but in the circumcision of Christ:
12Buried with him in baptism, in whom also you are risen again by the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him up from the dead.
13And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh; he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences:
14Blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the cross:
15And despoiling the principalities and powers, he hath exposed them confidently in open shew, triumphing over them in himself.
Colossians 2:6-15
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg Greek
6As therefore you have received Jesus Christ the Lord, walk ye in him;
7Rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in him in thanksgiving.
8Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy, and vain deceit; according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ:
9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporeally;
10And you are filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power:
11In whom also you are circumcised with circumcision not made by hand, in despoiling of the body of the flesh, but in the circumcision of Christ:
12Buried with him in baptism, in whom also you are risen again by the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him up from the dead.
13And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh; he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences:
14Blotting out the handwriting of the decree that was against us, which was contrary to us. And he hath taken the same out of the way, fastening it to the cross:
15And despoiling the principalities and powers, he hath exposed them confidently in open shew, triumphing over them in himself.

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