Colossians and Philemon

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The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Colossians and Philemon is the first book in a projected series of twenty volumes that seeks to bring together classroom, study, and pulpit by providing the student or pastor with the information needed to understand and expound the Greek text of the New Testament. Author Murray J. Harris aims to close the gap between grammatical analysis and exegesis, leading the reader into an in-depth understanding of the New Testament Greek text by guiding him or her through ...

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Overview

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Colossians and Philemon is the first book in a projected series of twenty volumes that seeks to bring together classroom, study, and pulpit by providing the student or pastor with the information needed to understand and expound the Greek text of the New Testament. Author Murray J. Harris aims to close the gap between grammatical analysis and exegesis, leading the reader into an in-depth understanding of the New Testament Greek text by guiding him or her through the processes of thorough exegesis flowing into sermon construction.

Each volume provides the following for the biblical book or books on which it is written:

• Brief introduction on authorship, date, occasion, and purpose

• List of recommended commentaries

• Extensive exegetical notes

• Translation and expanded paraphrase of the whole book

• Comprehensive exegetical outline

• Glossary of grammatical and rhetorical terms

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Meet the Author

Murray J. Harris is professor emeritus of New Testament Exegesis and Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and former warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction xiii

Abbreviations xix

Preface to the First Edition xxix

Preface to the Second Edition xxxi

Colossians

Introduction 3

Authorship 3

Date 4

Occasion and Purpose 4

Outline 5

Recommended Commentaries 5

I Introduction (1:1-14) 7

A Introductory Greeting (1:1-2) 7

For Further Study 10

1 Apostleship in the NT (1:1) 10

2 The Ancient Letter (1:1-2) 11

3 The "In Christ" Formula (1:2) 11

4 NT Benedictions (1:2) 11

5 The Fatherhood of God (1:2) 12

Homiletical Suggestions 12

Introductory Greeting (1:1-2) 12

The People of God (1:1-2) 12

B Paul's Thanksgiving for the Colossians (1:3-8) 13

For Further Study 21

6 Pauline Thanksgivings (1:3) 21

7 The Triad of Faith-Love-Hope (1:4-5) 21

8 The Colossian Heresy (1:5) 22

9 The Gospel (1:5) 22

10 Grace (1:6) 23

Homiletical Suggestions 23

Paul's Thanksgiving for the Colossians (1:3-8) 23

A Christian Partnership (1:4-5a) 24

The Gospel (1:5b-7a) 24

Epaphras the Colossian (1:5b-8; 4:12-13) 24

C Paul's Intercession for the Colossians (1:9-14) 25

For Further Study 33

11 Prayer in Paul (1:9-12) 33

12 The Will of God (1:9) 34

13 The Concept of Inheritance in Paul (1:12) 34

14 The Kingdom Concept in Paul (1:13) 34

15 Redemption in Paul (1:14) 35

Homiletical Suggestions 35

Paul's Intercession for the Colossians (1:9-14) 35

The Normal Christian Life (1:10-12a; cf. 2:6b-7) 35

The Father's Threefold Action (1:12b-13) 36

II Christ's Work and Paul's Mission (1:15-2:3) 37

A The Supremacy of Christ in Creation and Redemption (1:15-20) 37

For Further Study 48

16 Christological Hymns in the NT (1:15-20) 48

17 Christ as Head of the Church (1:18) 48

18 Reconciliation in Paul (1:20) 49

Homiletical Suggestions 49

The Supremacy of Christ in Creation and Redemption (1:15-20) 49

Five Titles of Christ (1:15,18) 50

Reconciliation (1:19-20) 50

B Reconciliation and the Colossians (1:21-23) 51

For Further Study 56

19 Christian Perseverance (1:23) 56

Homiletical Suggestions 56

Reconciliation and the Colossians (1:21-23) 56

The Christian-Where From and Where To? (1:21-23) 57

C Paul's Stewardship of God's Mystery (1:24-29) 58

For Further Study 67

20 Christian Suffering (1:24) 67

21 The Church as the Body of Christ (1:24) 68

22 "Mystery" (μυστηριον) in Paul (1:26-27) 68

23 Christian Perfection (1:28) 68

24 Paul's Metaphors and Analogies (1:29) 69

Homiletical Suggestions 69

Paul's Stewardship of God's Mystery (1:24-29) 69

Proclaiming Christ (1:28), or Declaring the Whole Counsel of God (Acts 20:27) 70

D Paul's Spiritual Struggle (2:1-3) 71

Homiletical Suggestions 76

Paul's Spiritual Struggle (2:1-3) 76

Wrestling in Prayer (2:1-2) 76

III Error and Its Remedy (2:4-3:4) 77

A Warning Against Specious Philosophy (2:4-8) 77

For Further Study 85

25 Τα στοιχεια του κοσμου (2:8,20) 85

Homiletical Suggestions 86

Warning against Specious Philosophy (2:4-8) 86

The Indicative-Imperative Dialectic (παρελαβετε-περιπατειτε, 2:6) 86

The Normal Christian Life (2:6b-7; cf. 1:10-12a) 86

B Christ, the Remedy against Error (2:9-15) 87

For Further Study 100

26 The Deity of Christ (2:9) 100

27 Principalities and Powers in Paul (2:10,15) 101

28 Christian Baptism (2:12) 101

29 Resurrection with Christ (2:12-13) 102

Homiletical Suggestions 103

Christ, the Remedy against Error (2:9-15) 103

Christian Circumcision (2:11) 103

Resurrection with Christ (2:12-13; cf. Rom. 6:1-11; Eph. 2:1-10) 103

The Sinner's IOU to God (2:14) 103

C Warning against Mystical Legalism (2:16-19) 104

For Further Study 111

30 Christian Growth (2:19) 111

Homiletical Suggestions 111

Warning against Mystical Legalism (2:16-19) 111

D Consequences of Death with Christ (2:20-23) 112

For Further Study 117

31 Christian Asceticism (2:23) 117

Homiletical Suggestions 118

Consequences of Death with Christ (2:20-23) 118

E Consequences of Resurrection with Christ (3:1-4) 119

For Further Study 124

32 The Ascension and Session of Christ (3:1) 124

Homiletical Suggestions 124

Consequences of Resurrection with Christ (3:1-4) 124

"With Christ" (3:1-4) 124

IV Exhortation to Holiness (3:5-4:6) 125

A "Putting Off" Vices (3:5-11) 125

For Further Study 135

33 Doctrinal Indicative-Ethical Imperative (3:5,8-10) 135

34 Catalogs of Virtues and Vices (3:5-8, 12-14) 135

35 The Wrath of God (3:6) 135

36 The "Old Person/Humanity" and the "New Person/Humanity" (3:9-10) 136

Homiletical Suggestions 136

"Putting Off" Vices (3:5-11) 136

The Two Humanities or Natures (3:9b-11) 137

Christian Renewal (3:10) 137

B "Putting On" Virtues (3:12-17) 138

For Further Study 149

37 Predestination and Election (3:12) 149

38 Forgiveness (3:13) 149

39 Love (3:14) 150

40 Worship in the NT (3:16) 150

Homiletical Suggestions 151

"Putting On" Virtues (3:12-17) 151

Forgiveness (3:13b,c) 151

Christian Worship (3:16-17) 151

C Household Relationships (3:18-4:1) 153

For Further Study 163

41 Catalogs of Domestic Duties (Haustafeln = "Household Tables") (3:18-4:1) 163

42 Families in the NT (3:18-4:1) 163

43 Recompense and Reward (3:24-25) 164

Homiletical Suggestions 164

Household Relationships (3:18-4:1) 164

Christian Motivation (3:18-4:1) 165

D Prayer and Witness (4:2-6) 166

Homiletical Suggestions 171

Prayer and Witness (4:2-6) 171

V Personal Notes (4:7-18) 172

A Paul's Two Representatives (4:7-9) 172

For Further Study 174

44 Paul and His Coworkers (4:7) 174

Homiletical Suggestions 175

Paul's Two Representatives (4:7-9) 175

B Greeting and Final Instructions (4:10-18) 176

For Further Study 185

45 The Letter to Laodicea (4:16) 185

Homiletical Suggestions 186

Greetings and Final Instructions (4:10-18) 186

Prayer (4:12-13) 186

Translation 187

Expanded Paraphrase 193

Exegetical Outline 199

Philemon

Introduction 207

Authorship and Date 207

Occasion and Purpose 207

Outline 209

Recommended Commentaries 209

A Introductory Greeting (vv. 1-3) 210

For Further Study 212

46 The House Church in the NT (v. 2) 212

Homiletical Suggestions 213

Introductory Greeting (vv. 1-3) 213

B Thanksgiving and Intercession for Philemon (vv. 4-7) 214

For Further Study 219

47 Chiasmus in the NT (v. 5) 219

48 Κοινωνια in the NT (v. 6) 220

49 Joy in the NT (v. 7) 220

Homiletical Suggestions 221

Thanksgiving and Intercession for Philemon (vv. 4-7) 221

Christian Generosity (κοινωνια, v. 6) 221

C Paul's General Appeal on Behalf of Onesimus (vv. 8-16) 222

For Further Study 232

50 Slavery in the Ancient World and the NT (v. 16) 232

Homiletical Suggestions 233

Paul's General Appeal on Behalf of Onesimus (vv. 8-16) 233

Wishing and Willing (vv. 12-14; cf. Mark 14:36; Phil 2:4) 234

D Paul's Specific Requests regarding Onesimus (vv. 17-20) 235

Homiletical Suggestions 239

Paul's Specific Requests regarding Onesimus (vv. 17-20) 239

The Gospel in a Mirror (vv. 17-19a) 239

E Final Remarks, Greetings, and Benediction (vv. 21-25) 240

Homiletical Suggestions 244

Final Remarks, Greetings, and Benediction (vv. 21-25) 244

Translation 245

Expanded Paraphrase 247

Exegetical Outline 249

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms 251

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