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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Colossians 2:4-7

Blessed Christian possibilities. These words of apostolic desire open to us three blessed Christian possibilities—a possibility to the Church, a possibility to the individual, and a possibility to the inner life of each. I. THE FORMIDABLE STRENGTH POSSIBLE TO A CHRISTIAN CHURCH . The apostle declares that it gave him joy to behold the condition of the Colossian Church; indeed, the words he uses describe his looking again and again because el the joy it gave him. What gave... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Colossians 2:4-7

Congratulations and counsels. We have seen that the heresy that was threatening the Colossian Church was twofold in its character. Its propagators "had a false conception in theology and they had a false basis of morals." These two errors were closely connected together, and seem to have sprung from the prevalent idea that matter was the abode of evil and therefore opposed to God. It was the plausibility of these false doctrines that made the apostle so anxious. But he had the firmest... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Colossians 2:6-7

The principle of a consistent Christian walk. "As ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him." I. THE RECEPTION OF CHRIST IS THE SUBSTANCE OF CHRISTIANITY . 1 . This includes the reception of him doctrinally, as the historical Person Jesus, and the acceptance of him as Lord. The false teachers misrepresented his true character in these respects. 2 . But it expressly points to a believing reception of himself as at once the sum and substance of all... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Colossians 2:6-7

Growth in Christ. St. Paul is anxious lest the invasion of a new philosophy should lead the Colossians away from their earlier life in Christ. Recognizing how rightly they had at first received the gospel, he desires them to continue in the faith as they had been taught. But while he is most earnest in deprecating any departure from the primite foundation, he is equally earnest in wishing for progress in a continued building on that foundation. The true Christian life is neither a so... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Colossians 2:7

Rooted and builded up in him ( Colossians 1:23 ; Colossians 2:5 ; Ephesians 2:20 , Ephesians 2:21 ; Ephesians 3:18 ; Ephesians 4:16 ; 1 Corinthians 3:9-12 ; Jud 1 Corinthians 1:20 ; Luke 6:47 , Luke 6:48 ). "Rooted" is perfect participle, in, plying an abiding fact ("fast rooted"); while "builded up" (literally, upon or unto ) is in the present tense of a continued process, the prefix ἐπὶ also implying growth and gain ( Colossians 1:6 , Colossians 1:10 ; ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Colossians 2:7

Rooted ...in him - As a tree strikes its roots deep in the earth, so our faith should strike deep into the doctrine respecting the Saviour. See the phrase used here explained in the parallel place in Ephesians 3:17.And established in the faith, as ye have been taught - To wit, by the founders of the church, and by those faithful ministers who had succeeded them; Notes, Colossians 1:7.Abounding therein with thanksgiving - Expressing overflowing thanks to God that you have been made acquainted... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Colossians 2:6-7

Colossians 2:6-7. As, or since, ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord Have acknowledged Jesus of Nazareth to be the true Messiah promised to the Jews, and consequently a divinely-commissioned Teacher, Mediator, Saviour, and Lawgiver; yea, the great Prophet, Priest, and King of his church, and therefore your sovereign Lord, and the final Judge of men and angels; so walk ye in him Let your spirit and conduct, your dispositions, words, and actions, be in perfect consistency with this... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Colossians 2:6-15

2:6-3:4 FALSE VIEWS LEAD TO BONDAGEFreedom through Christ (2:6-15)Again Paul reminds the believers that receiving Christ is only the beginning of the Christian life. There must be continual growth through building the life on him (6-7).The Colossians know that God has freed them from the powers of evil (see 1:13). If, then, they turn and accept a religion powered by the unseen spiritual forces of evil, they are placing themselves in bondage once again (8). Christ needs no angelic powers to help... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Colossians 2:7

Rooted. See Ephesians 3:17 . built up. See Acts 20:33 , and compare Ephesians 2:20 . stablished . See Romans 15:8 (confirm). in = by. therein = in ( App-104 ) it. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Colossians 2:7

7. Rooted— ( :-). built up—Greek, "being builded up." As "rooted" implies their vitality; so "builded up," massive solidity. As in the Song of Solomon, when one image is not sufficient to express the varied aspects of divine truth, another is employed to supply the idea required. Thus "walking," a third image (Colossians 2:6), expresses the thought which "rooted" and "built," though each suggesting a thought peculiar to itself, could not express, namely, onward motion. "Rooted" is in the past... read more

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