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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Colossians 1



Verse 1

apostle. App-189. Compare 2 Corinthians 1:1.

Jesus Christ. The texts read. Christ Jesus. App-98.

by. App-104. Colossians 1:1.

will. App-102.

God. App-98.

Verse 2

saints, See Acts 9:13.

faithful. App-150.

in. App-104.

Christ. App-98.

at = in, as above.

Grace. App-184.

unto = to.

from. App-104,

Father. App-98.

and, &c. Omit, with most of the texts.

Verse 3

give thanks. See Acts 27:35.

and. The texts omit.

the Father. See John 1:14.

Lord. App-98.

Jesus Christ. App-98.

praying. App-134.

for. App-104.

Verse 4

Since we = Having.

faith. App-160.

Christ Jesus. App-98.

love. App-136.

to. App-104.

Verse 5

For. App-104. Colossians 1:2.

laid up = stored away. Greek. apokeimai. Only here, Luke 19:23. 2 Timothy 4:8. Hebrews 9:27.

heaven = the heavens. See Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:10.

heard before. Gr. proakouo, Only here.

word. App-121.10.

gospel. App-140.

Verse 6

is come. Greek. pareimi, whence parousia.

unto. App-104.

world. App-129.

bringeth forth fruit. See Romans 7:4. The texts add "and increasing".

also in you = in you also.

since = from. App-104.

knew. App-132.

Verse 7

also. Omit.

of. App-104.

Epaphras. See Colossians 4:12. Philemon 1:23.

dear. App-135.

fellowservant = fellow-slave. Greek. sundoulos. Occurs here, Colossians 4:7 five times in Matt., and thrice in Rev. See App-190.,

for. App-104.

minister. App-190.

Verse 8

also,&c. = declared also.

declared. See 1 Corinthians 1:11,

spirit. I.e. the product of the new nature. App-101.

Verse 9

For this cause = On account of (App-104. Colossians 1:2) this (i.e. their faith and love).

not. App-105.

desire. App-134.

that = in order that. Greek. hina

filled. App-125.

knowledge. App-182.

spiritual. See 1 Corinthians 12:1.

understanding. See Cor. Colossians 1:19. App-132.

Verse 10

That ye might = To.

worthy = worthily.

pleasing. Greek. areskeia. Only here.

being fruitful = fruit

bearing (v Colossians 1:6).

in. App-104. The texts read "by " (dative).

Verse 11

Strengthened. Greek. dunamoo. Only here. Compare App-172.

with. App-104.

might. App-172.

according to. App-104.,

His glorious power, Literally the might (App-172.) of His glory. See Ephesians 1:19.

with. App-104.

Verse 12

hath. Omit.

made, &c. See 2 Corinthians 3:6.

to be partakers = for (App-104.) the share.

inheritance = lot. Greek. kleros.

light = the light. App-130.

Verse 13

hath. Omit.

delivered = rescued. See Matthew 6:13. Romans 7:24.

from. App-104.

power. App-172.

darkness = the darkness. See Luke 22:53. Ephesians 6:12. I

translated, See Acts 13:22.

into. App-104.

kingdom. App-112.

His dear Son = the Son (App-108.) of His love (App-135.)

Verse 14

redemption. See Romans 3:24.

through His blood. All the texts omit. forgiveness, Compare Ephesians 1:7.

sins. App-128.

Verse 15

image. Compare Romans 8:29.

invisible. See Romans 1:20.

Firstborn. See Romans 1:23; Romans 8:20.

every creature = all creation.

Verse 16

For = Because.

by, App-104.

in. App-104.

earth. App-129.

visible. Greek. horates. Only here.

dominions, &c. See Ephesians 1:21.

for. App-104.

Verse 17

is. Emph.

before. App-104.

consist = cohere, or hold together, Compare Hebrews 1:8.

Verse 18

Head. See Ephesians 1:22, Ephesians 1:23.

church. App-186.

beginning. See Proverbs 8:22-30,

from the dead. App-139.

have, &c. = become the pre-eminent One. Greek. pro teuo. Only here.

Verse 19

Instead of "the Father" supply the ellipsis with "God"

all fulness = all the fulness. Greek. pleroma. See Ephesians 1:2, Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 3:19.

dwell. See Acts 2:5.

Verse 20

having made peace. Greek. eireeopoieo. Only here. The noun Matthew 5:9.

through. App-104. Colossians 1:1.

reconcile. See Ephesians 2:16, and App-196.

Verse 21

alienated. See Ephesians 2:12.

wicked. App-128.

hath. Omit.

Verse 22

present. See 1 Corinthians 8:8.

unblameable. See Ephesians 1:4.

unreproveable = unimpeachable. See 1 Corinthians 1:8.

Verse 23

If = If (App-118. a) at least.

continue. See Acts 10:48.

grounded. See Ephesians 3:17.

settled. Greek hedraios. Seo 1 Corinthians 7:37.

not. App-105.

moved away. Greek. metaktoneo. Only here.

hope of the gospel. i.e. the return of the Lord. Compare Titus 2:13,

gospel. App-140.

have Omit.

preached. App-121.

to. App-104.

under. App-104.

heaven = the heaven See Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:15.

am made. Literally became. Compare "ordained "(same Greek. word) Acts 1:22.

Verse 24

sufferings. Compare Romans 8:18. 2 Corinthians 1:5.

fill up. Greek. antanapleroo. Only here.

that, &c. = that which is lacking. Compare 1 Corinthians 16:11.

afflictions. See Acts 7:10.

Christ: i.e. the tribulations of the members of the body of which He is the Head.

for . . . sake = for, as Colossians 1:5,

Verse 25

dispensation. See 1 Corinthians 9:17 and compare Ephesians 3:2,

is = was.

fulfil. Same as "fill", Colossians 1:9.

word. App-121.

Verse 26

mystery. App-193, and compare Romans 16:25.

hid. See 1 Corinthians 2:7, and compare Ephesians 3:9.

ages. App-129and App-151.

made manifest. App-106.

Verse 27

would = desired to. App-102.

riches. See Ephesians 1:7

the glory. See p. 1511.

among. App-104.

in = among, as above.

glory = the glory.

Verse 28

preach. App-121.

warning = admonishing. Greek. noutheteo. Compare Colossians 3:16.

man. App-123.

man. App-123.

perfect. App-125.

Jesus. The texts omit.

Verse 29

Whereunto = Unto (App-104.) which.

I also labour = I labour also. striving, See Luke 13:24.

working. See Ephesians 1:19,

worketh, See Ephesians 1:11.

mightily = by (Greek. en) might (App-172.)


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Colossians 1:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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