The Message of Colossians & Philemon by R. C. Lucas
Fullness and freedomtwo aspects of Christian life that we all want to share. Paul wrote about them at length (and depth) in his letter to the Christians at Colossae, where certain new teachers were proclaiming that "mere Christianity" is not enough. There is, they suggested, a fuller experience, a greater liberation, than they had so far enjoyed. But Paul was adamant: all God's fullness is in Christ alone, and only through his complete work are we set free.
These are the great objective truths of the faith that Dick Lucas highlights in his exposition, enabling us to see both the riches that are ours in Christ and the irrelevanceeven blasphemyof all would-be improvements on what God has done.
Lucas was rector of St. Helen's Bishopsgate, London.
Table of Contents
General Preface Author's preface Chief AbbreviationsLetter to the Colossians But why did he write? - 1:1-2 True Christians and the true gospel - 1:3-8 Be filled for this - 1:9-14 Christ, supreme Lord and sufficient Saviour - 1:15-20 Stable and steadfast - 1:21-23 Apostolic ministry - 1:24-29 Apostolic concerns - 2:1-5 This way ahead - 2:6-7 No return to slavery - 2:8-15 Shadows and substance - 2:16-17 Dealing with robbers - 2:18-19 Why submit? - 2:20-23 The Christian and Christ - 3:1-8 The Christian and the local church - 3:9-17 The Christian at home - 3:18-21 The Christian at work - 3:22-4:1 The Christian and the outsider - 4:2-6 Final greetings and instructions - 4:7-18Letter to Philemon From slavery to freedom - 1-25