Truth of the Gospel, Colossians Introduction

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Colossians 1:1-2.

Most expositors believe that this letter, written by the Apostle Paul, was composed during his first imprisonment in Rome.

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The framework of this post comes from a book titled, “The Timetables of History”, by Bernard Grun, published by Simon and Schuster. Some of this framework has been fleshed out to help the reader understand the content easier.

The above book quotes Henry David Thoreau (whom they refer to as an American philosopher-idler) as saying: “Time is but the stream I go fishing in.”

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Demonized Men, Part 1

This post is in response to a question that came out of a prior post, dated 12-7-15, “Long Division”.

In a brief discussion about the Inquisition the statement was made:

“The Inquisition began circa 1100 but did not reach its height of cruelty until it was established in 1229 A.D. and was in force about 600 years, and still exists on paper since 1965 under a new name, waiting to be used again.”

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Lord of the Sabbath, Part 2

“Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to Him, ‘Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?’” Mark 2:23-24.

The incidents we are examining here in Lord of the Sabbath, Parts 1 and 2 are also covered in Matthew 12:1-14 and Luke 6:1-11 so reference will be made to these passages for the things that they add to the narrative.

“And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. And they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. Then He said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Step forward.’ And He said to them, ‘Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ but they kept silent. So when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.” Mark 3:1-5.

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The Falling Away

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

“Now brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2.

It is important to understand that these verses are speaking of two different events; the rapture, “…the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him”.

And the day of the Lord, which is the tribulation period, “…as though the day of Christ had come.” The day of the Lord and the day of Christ have the same meaning in this case.

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