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NIV Application Commentary: Colossians and Philemon (NIVAC)

, 1998
ISBN: 9780310427131

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This volume in the NIV Application Commentary series discusses the meaning of Colossians and Philemon in its biblical context and then applies it to contemporary situations. Discover how Colossians and Philemon can have the same powerful impact today that they did when Paul first wrote them.

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  • Treats all the elements of traditional exegesis
  • Compares the original context and the contemporary context
  • Engages contemporary life and culture

Top Highlights

“What is lacking is Christ’s bodily presence. Paul’s physical suffering as a member of Christ’s body represents Christ’s continuing suffering for the world through his servants.” (Page 122)

“For Paul, understanding God’s will involves recognizing how Christ is the fulfillment of God’s redemptive purposes (1:27; 2:2), how God’s salvation is open to all people, and how God intends for Christians to live in whatever situation they find themselves.” (Page 65)

“If Christ is the head of the church, it means that the destinies of creation and the church are bound together and that God’s purposes for all creation gestate in the church’s congregational life.36 The church does not exist to meet the needs of its members or to insure its institutional survival, but to fulfill the redemptive purposes of Christ, its head.” (Page 91)

“‘Being built’ implies that believers are still under construction and not yet a finished product.” (Page 140)

“He is the basic operating principle controlling existence.32 The universe is not self-sufficient (as in the deistic model), nor are individuals, no matter how much they may deceive themselves into thinking they are.33 Even those who do not acknowledge Christ’s reign and those who actively oppose him are entirely dependent on him.” (Page 90)

This is the pulpit commentary for the twenty-first century.

—George K. Brushaber, president, Bethel College and Seminary

The NIV Application Commentary meets the urgent need for an exhaustive and authoritative commentary based on the New International Version. This series will soon be found in libraries and studies throughout the evangelical community.

—James Kennedy, senior minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

It is encouraging to find a commentary that is not only biblically trustworthy but also contemporary in its application. The NIV Application Commentary will prove to be a helpful tool in the pastor’s sermon preparation. I use it and recommend it.

Charles F. Stanley, pastor, First Baptist Church of Atlanta

  • Title: Colossians and Philemon
  • Author: David E. Garland
  • Series: NIV Application Commentary
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 1998
  • Logos Release Date: 2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Colossians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Philemon › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780310427131, 0310427134, 9780310484806, 0310484804
  • Resource ID: LLS:NIVAC72COL
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-01-03T19:47:42Z
David E. Garland

Dr. David E. Garland became Truett Seminary’s fourth dean on June 1, 2007. He also served as interim president of Baylor University from August 2008 until May 2010. He served on the Southern faculty for 21 years, was chairman of the Biblical Division from 1992–1997, and was the Ernest and Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation from 1993–1997.

He has authored, coauthored, and edited 20 books, including The Intention of Matthew 23 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1979); Reading Matthew: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the First Gospel (Macon: Smyth and Helwys: 2000), Mark, NIVAC (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996) and translated into Spanish, Colossians / PhilemonNIVAC (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998) and translated into Spanish, 2 Corinthians (New American Commentary; Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1999); “Gospel of Mark” in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2002), and 1 Corinthians, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003), and he has published more than fifty articles.


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