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Colossians 2:7 Week 1

Welcome to our weekly devotional at Seed & Root Project!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming on this journey with me!

I hope to help you dig deeper into our verse every week, adding to your knowledge and helping you truly root yourself down into Him as we go!

These devotionals won’t be the typical devotionals you may be used to. I am hoping to give you as much biblical truth as possible with different approaches in getting there. Everyone learns differently and I hope to appeal to you in one way or another throughout the month! Let’s start digging!

First thing, I challenge you to go read Colossians. It’s not too long, but it is packed with a lot of good nuggets. Go ahead...I’ll wait ;)

I have learned that to properly study the bible, one must not simply focus on one verse at a time. That approach can easily be taken out of context—disregarding the intended audience and what was actually being addressed.

So we will start from the top and take a look at who wrote Colossians, the intended audience and why it was written!

WHERE AND WHEN: This letter is believed to have been written in the same time frame as the letters to the Ephesians and Philippians while Paul was being imprisoned in Rome in circa 60-62 AD.

Most of the books of the New Testament are letters (also known as “epistles”) written to specific congregations, containing both general Christian teaching and specific instructions for the congregation being addressed. In the decades following Christ’s ministry, death and resurrection---Christianity wasn’t the only religion out there. Pagan cults and philosophies were embedded into society throughout the world.

WHO & WHY: Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, which was facing some challenges including being vulnerable to false teachings about the faith (2:4,8,16,18,21-23). These false teachings were a mashup of the Jewish and Gentile beliefs, not a true representation of the Christian faith. Paul wanted to shine light and point them back to Christ as the superior ruling authority.

“Paul shows the superiority of Christ over all human philosophies and traditions. He writes of Christ’s deity (“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” [1:15]) and of the reconciliation he accomplished with his blood. He explains that the right way of living in this world is to focus on heavenly things rather than earthly things. God’s chosen people must leave their sinful lives behind and live in a godly way, looking to Christ as the head of the church (1:18).” (Taken from my ESV bible book summary)

This letter takes the readers far beyond the issues of deception and false teachings, helping them understand the context of their lives within God’s story.

I don’t know about you, but that all sounds pretty relevant right now!

There are so many “false teachers” out there who are telling partial truths, or full on lies. It can be very difficult to discern who is safe to listen to and who is not! It’s easy to lose our focus (a nod to July’s verse! 🤓) and find ourselves drifting from dwelling on things above to earthly concerns. There always has and always will be other voices trying to fill the atmosphere and confuse. That’s literally the devil’s original tactic! To speak a partial truth twisted into a lie and confuse!

That is why it is so very important to root ourselves down into the Word, so we can decipher a truth from a lie. Which is actually rooting ourselves down into Him! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 NIV)

Also—how amazing that Paul did not allow his circumstances (prison) to dictate whether he was going to keep encouraging others and preaching the Good News!

I know I can glean a lot off of just that one fact!

Next week I’ll be doing a verse map of Colossians 2:7 NLT & I hope it resonates with some of you visual/creative learners like myself!

Challenge: Take a few minutes and read Colossians at least 3 times this week! God has a way of revealing hidden nuggets when we lean in and are ready to learn! Repetition is good and can open our mind to things we didn’t catch the first time, or second time. Meditating on His Word will most definitely root yourself down into Him!

Feel free to email me or comment below what you are learning and discovering! I would LOVE to hear about it!

Go forth, plant seeds and root yourself down! Happy Digging!

“Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.”

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