Understanding the Scriptures
|Meet (v. 12)||Able|
|Translated (v. 13)||Brought|
|Preeminence (v. 18)||Have first place|
|Reconcile (v. 20)||Win over, make right|
|In the body of his flesh through death (v. 22)||Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ|
|Dispensation (v. 25)||Commission|
Colossians 1:25–29—What Is the “Mystery Which Hath Been Hid from Ages”?
The “mystery which hath been hid from ages” (Colossians 1:26) is that God sent His Son, the “firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15), into the world and that through His Son’s Atonement all mankind can become pure, blameless, and saved in His presence (see Colossians 1:20–23). Paul was making this mystery known to all who would listen.
|Beguile (vv. 4, 18)||Deceive|
|Rudiments (vv. 8, 20)||Basic principles|
|Ordinances (vv. 14, 20)||The law of Moses and its regulations|
|Nailing it to his cross (v. 14)||Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the law of Moses was fulfilled|
|Will (v. 23)||Self-imposed|
Colossians 2:16–19—Beware of False Teachings
Paul warned the Colossians to “be not moved away” from the gospel they had been taught. False doctrines were being spread by Jewish Christians who wanted gentile members to live according to the law of Moses (see Colossians 2:16–17). These Jewish converts were setting strict rules about the kinds of food Christians were allowed to eat and the holidays they were allowed to celebrate. Some Saints were also worshiping angels and teaching that angels had the power to answer prayers (see Colossians 2:18–19). This false doctrine diminished the place of Jesus Christ in the plan of salvation. Paul reminded the Colossians that they could only gain salvation through Christ, for He is preeminent in the plan.
|Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth (v. 5)||Rise above your worldly tendencies|
|Inordinate affection (v. 5)||Uncontrolled affection|
|Evil concupiscence (v. 5)||Sinful desires, lust|
|Forbearing (v. 13)||Sustaining|
|Provoke (v. 21)||Stir up, cause|
|Without (v. 5)||Nonmembers|
|Redeeming (v. 5)||Using every opportunity to do good|
|Salt (v. 6)||Wisdom|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you study Colossians 1–4.
Write Your Testimony of Jesus Christ
How much do you really know about Jesus Christ? Read Colossians 1:13–22 and list the names, titles, and phrases Paul used to describe the Savior. Write a paragraph that summarizes your testimony of these qualities of Jesus Christ.
What Do You Think?
Listed below are several statements that represent false ideas. Write what you think is wrong about each idea.
It doesn’t matter what movies I go see; after all, they’re just movies.
The decision about when to start dating should be an individual one.
Church is boring and someone needs to make it more exciting.
Read Colossians 2:1–12 and write what could help you avoid being deceived by false teachings.
Paul taught how to be born again by putting off certain negative characteristics and putting on better ones. Make two columns and label one Put Off and the other Put On. As you read Colossians 3:1–14, list what needs to be put off and put on in the appropriate column.
Family Matters Do Matter
President Spencer W. Kimball reminded us: “The family is the basic unit of the kingdom of God on earth. The Church can be no healthier than its families” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 331–32). Read Colossians 3:15–21 and write five ideas that would help families be a healthier part of the kingdom of God.