For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
Come and hear a wonderful story of evangelism, church planting, and Christian growth. Colossians was a letter which would have first been read by Tychicus in Philemon's house in Colossae. People who were to read that letter had been converted as a result of Paul's teaching in Ephesus (Acts 19). As they read they were about to better understand the reality of life in Christ and reading it years later, we can too.
You will see the power of fellowship at work as a formerly useless slave and his master are brought together to work together as brothers in the Lord.
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“The claim here is that the fundamental disharmony in the universe, the dissonance in the totality of all things, the discord in the whole of created existence, has been put right ‘by the blood of his cross’. It is an astonishing thing to say.” (Page 63)
“The surprise (again) of the Christian life is this: the death and resurrection of Jesus has power to change what comes out of our mouths.” (Page 193)
“In verses 15 to 20 of the first chapter of this letter, we come to its heart, from which everything else will flow. If we hear carefully, understand clearly, and believe firmly what the apostle has written here, we will be equipped for every threat and challenge that life might bring. That is a bold claim. It is warranted by this remarkable portion of God’s Word.” (Page 52)
“The Greek word porneia refers to any and all kinds of improper sexual relations. porneia is, to be perfectly clear, any sexual intercourse outside of the marriage relationship.” (Page 189)
“The second thing to notice is that these words are about an ordered household” (Page 217)
Honest readers will be challenged by the gospel of God's gracious saving plan for the world, the place of the Lord Jesus within it, and how those who have been united with Christ are to live. May the God who is the Author of these two powerful letters use John's rich exposition to challenge and encourage us in the twenty-first century.
—Peter O'Brien, Emeritus Faculty Member, Moore Theological College
This commentary by John Woodhouse is a rich source of biblical insight on the texts of Colossians and Philemon. This volume is a great resource for the pastor as he prepares to feed his flock, but it is equally helpful for students of the Bible who desire to understand better these magnificent letters. Maybe even more importantly, the text reflects the author's own love for the Savior. I can gladly commend it.
—Bill Cook, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary