Attention!
15 million Ukrainian are displaced by Russia's war.
Millions miss a meal or two each day.
Help us change that! Click to donate today!

Bible Commentaries

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, Luk 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.

gospe l. 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; 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-129 and 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 .)

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.
Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Used by Permission.
Bibliographical Information
Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Colossians 1". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/colossians-1.html. 1909-1922.