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Bible Commentaries

Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Colossians 1

Verse 3

1:3 [when] (b-15) Or omit [when]. Ver. 9 proves this to be probably the true sense.

Verse 6

1:6 [them] (c-29) Or 'ye heard and knew.'

Verse 7

1:7 minister (d-14) Or 'servant,' diakonos .

Verse 9

1:9 filled (e-31) Pleroo , as in v. 25 ('complete'); ch. 2.10 ('complete'); and ch. 4.17 ('fulfil'). knowledge (f-35) Epignosis , i.e. 'full knowledge,' as chs. 2.2; 3.10; Matthew 11:27 ; Ephesians 1:17 .

Verse 10

1:10 knowledge (f-23) Epignosis , i.e. 'full knowledge,' as chs. 2.2; 3.10; Matthew 11:27 ; Ephesians 1:17 .

Verse 11

1:11 strengthened (g-1) Lit. 'made powerful with all power.'

Verse 12

1:12 portion (h-14) See Note, Acts 26:18 .

Verse 15

1:15 creation; (i-11) See Note h, ver. 23.

Verse 16

1:16 by (k-2) En . Lit. 'in him,' in the power of whose person. He was the one whose intrinsic power characterized the creation. It exists as his creature. things, (l-7) Looked at as a whole. ' the all things,' as vers. 17,20; Ephesians 3:9 . things (a-33) See Note l ver. 16. by (b-37) Dia , the instrumental power. for (c-40) Eis , 'for.' These three prepositions, en , dia , eis , show Christ to be the characteristic power, the active instrument, and the end in creation.

Verse 19

1:19 Godhead] (d-9) I add '[of the Godhead]' from ch. 2.9, as it makes the 'it' in vers. 21, 22 seem less harsh.

Verse 20

1:20 by (b-2) Dia , the instrumental power.

Verse 21

1:21 it (e-17) i.e. 'the fulness,' ver. 19.

Verse 22

1:22 through (b-7) Dia , the instrumental power. it, (e-18) i.e. 'the fulness,' ver. 19. irreproachable (f-16) 'One against whom no charge can be brought,' as Titus 1:6 ,Titus 1:7 .

Verse 23

1:23 the (g-6) Or 'in faith,' that is, full assurance of heart in the gospel. creation (h-33) The word is used either of 'the creation,' or abstractly of 'the creature' as such; once for 'institution,' 1 Peter 2:13 . Thus, in ver. 15, it is not of each individual as such, but of everything called 'creation' in its nature. see Hebrews 9:11 .

Verse 24

1:24 Now, (i-1) He had previously become minister ( diakonos , vers. 23,25); he was now in prison, but rejoicing in suffering. up (k-11) This refers to what lacked as yet; not to Paul taking 'his turn' as a person, in what is yet lacking.

Verse 25

1:25 dispensation (l-9) Or, 'economy,' as 'administration' in 1 Corinthians 9:17 ; Ephesians 1:10 ; Ephesians 3:2 ,Ephesians 3:9 ; 'dispensation,' 1 Timothy 1:4 ; and 'stewardship,' Luke 16:2 ,Luke 16:3 ,Luke 16:4 . complete (m-19) See Note e, ch. 1.9, also Note, Matthew 5:17 .

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Darby, John. "Commentary on Colossians 1". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dsn/colossians-1.html. 1857-67.