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Colossians 1:16 ASV could we translate “dominions” as “Lordships”?

Colossians 1:16 GNT; ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ ἐκτίσθη τὰ πάντα, τὰ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, τὰ ὁρατὰ καὶ τὰ ἀόρατα, εἴτε θρόνοι, εἴτε κυριότητες εἴτε ἀρχαὶ εἴτε ...
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When is “Christ in you” revealed in a believer?

In Colossians 1:25-27, Paul was given the ministry to the Gentiles to help them see "Christ in you, the hope of glory," and indicates that he strives to help them to this knowledge. Is ...
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Is Colossians 2:16 addressing “ceremonial” Sabbaths only and excluding the “moral” Sabbath?

Colossians 2:16 (NIV) 16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. Can we infer from the ...
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What does “all things visible” refer to in Colossians 1:16?

What does "all visible things" refer to in Colossians 1:16? All invisible creatures point to what is created in heaven which meant that all visible creatures point to what is created on ...
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Are Christians being licensed not to keep the Sabbath according to Colossians 2:16-17, Romans 14:5-8 and Acts 15?

Is Paul giving Christians license to omit Sabbath observance in Colossians 2:16-17 and Romans 14:5-8? Is this corroborated by Acts 15? Below the passages: Colossians 2:16-17 16 Therefore let no one ...
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What does πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα mean in Pauline epistles?

What does πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα mean in Pauline epistles? (a) what does πλήρωμα mean in Paul's usage in Colossians 1:19, 2:9 and Ephesians 3:19? (b) why did Paul use the phrase πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα mean in these ...
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Colossians 2:5 I am present with you in spirit. Is this literal or metaphor?

Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. Romans 8:9 is true ...
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How to translate the word passion (pathos) in Colossians 3:5?

English Standard Version Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. New Living Translation So put to ...
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In Ephesians 2:12, Ephesians 4:18 and Colossians 1:21 what does Paul mean by ἀπαλλοτριόομαι?

Eph 2:12 NLT - In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded (ἀπηλλοτριωμένοι) from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made ...
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Who Demands a Ransom?

Col 1:14 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Redemption , from the Greek ‘apolytrōsis, (‘Strongs Lexicon: G729- Liberation procured by the payment of a ransom’...
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What does it mean for Christ to be 'firstborn from the dead'?

Col 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. We need to establish 2 things. ...
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Colossians 2:18,23; are these verses allude to Monasticism?

Colossians 2:18, (DRB): Let no man seduce you, willing in humility and religion of angels, walking in the things which he hath not seen, in vain puffed up by the sense of his flesh: Colossians 2:18, ...
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1 Timothy 6:1, could we consider the unbelieving masters Principalities and Powers?

1 Timothy 6:1, (DRB): Whosoever are servants under the yoke, let them count their masters worthy of all honour; lest the name of the Lord and his doctrine be blasphemed. Colossians 2:15, (DRB): And ...
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Colossians 2:8,9,10; was Jesus a Philosopher?

Colossians 2:8,9,10; (DRB): 8Beware lest any man cheat you by philosophy and vain deceit: according to the tradition of men according to the elements of the world and not according to Christ. 9For in ...
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Galatians 4:3,8,9,21; could we consider elements of the world as Principalities and Powers?

Galatians 4:3,8,9,21;Colossians 1:16, Colossians 2:15; Titus 3:1; Ephesians 6:12. Could we consider elements of the world as Principalities and Powers? Galatians 4:3,8,9,21 (DRB): 3So we also, when ...
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Is philosophy against the Bible? When Paul refers to philosophy is he sharing his experience from Acts 17:18?

Colossians 2:8 :- Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
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Colossians 2:15, who are principalities and powers? [duplicate]

Colossians 2:15 (DRB): And despoiling the principalities and powers, he hath exposed them confidently in open shew, triumphing over them in himself. Ephesians 6:12 (DRB): For our wrestling is ...
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Galatians 4:8, does this verse mean -by concept of dissent- that there are those who are by nature gods?

Galatians 4:8 (DRB): But then indeed, not knowing God, you served them, who, by nature, are not gods. The question is so simple: By the concept of dissent, does this verse mean that there are ...
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Colossians 1:16 Jesus made things ON the earth

Wondering how the 'on the earth' is to be understood. It seems consistent across English translations. Colossians 1:16 (NIV): For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, ...
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All Creation under Heaven?

Col 1:23(ISV) However, you must remain firmly established and steadfast in the faith, without being moved from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature ...
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Are there exegetical differences between “God and the Father” and “God the Father”?

Colossians 3:17 (DRB): ... God and the Father... Colossians 2:2 (DRB): ... God the Father... Galatians 1:4 (DRB): ... God and our Father... Colossians 1:3 (DRB): ... God our Father... ...
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Why the Greek word “agapee=ἀγάπη” is translated as “love” in some verses, and “charity” in other verses, in KJV?

Why the Greek word "agapee=ἀγάπη" is translated as "love" in some verses, and "charity" in other verses, in KJV? I noticed that in the Latin Vulgate two words meaning "love" were used, e.g: Romans ...
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Romans 13:10, was the message of Lord Jesus to teach us Love?

Romans 13:10 (DRB): The love of our neighbour worketh no evil. Love therefore is the fulfilling of the law. Matthew 5:17 (DRB): Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. ...
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In Colossians 3:5, how is greed (covetousness) an Idolatry?

Colossians 3:5 (KJV): Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: ...
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Is the Greek word Protoktistos used anywhere in the Bible? [closed]

Arguing against the teaching that Jesus is a created being, some point out that calling him the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15)does not mean the first created. The trinitarian will often ...
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What are the “things above, where Christ is seated” as said in Colossians 3:1-2?

What are the "things above, where Christ is seated" as said in Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right ...
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What does “baptism now saves you” mean in 1 Peter 3:21

What does baptism now saves you mean in 1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the ...
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Why do many English translations of Colossians 1:29 not translate the Greek word “KAI”?

Col 1:29  εις ο και κοπιω αγωνιζομενος κατα την ενεργειαν αυτου την ενεργουμενην εν εμοι εν δυναμει Is there any good reason why the 'kai' is ommitted in so many modern English translations? For ...
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In 1 Corinthians 9:9;13 why does Paul quote the Torah for justifying fiscal support from the church?

All quotes from the NASB In canvassing for fiscal support from the church the apostle Paul quotes the Torah to buttress his narrative 1 Corinthians 9:9-10 [9]For it is written in the Law of ...
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Why do the NASB translators add the word 'mere' in Colossians 2:17?

Colossians 2 NASB [17]things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Colossians 2 NKJV 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of ...
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Colossians 1:6 - translating the present active participle παροντος as past tense

I noticed this morning the construction of Col 1:5-6 τω λογω της αληθειας του ευαγγελιου του παροντος εις υμας I am curious why all my English translations have some variant of 'which has come to ...
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Did Paul indicate in Ephesians 1:3 and Colossians 1:13 that he was writing from Heaven? [closed]

The brilliant, learned and compassionate Goethe and Nobel Prize winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer, in his book "The Search for the Historical Jesus" concluded that Jesus' prophecies concerning ...
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What is the textual evidence for 'of the sins' in Colossians 2:11?

Please Note : This is a question about the TR, not about the Westcott and Hort text or the Nestle Aland text. Stephens, Beza, Elzevir and Scrivener all include των αμαρτιων 'of the sins' in the text ...
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What does 'translated' mean in Hebrews 11:5 and Colossians 1:13?

The words μετατιθημι and μεταθεσις are used in Hebrews 11:5 and are rendered as follows in the KJV : By faith Enoch was translated (μετατιθημι) that he should not see death; and was not found, ...
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Can εις αυτον mean 'to itself' in Colossians 1:20?

οτι εν αυτω ευδοκησεν παν το πληρωμα κατοικησαικαι δι αυτου αποκαταλλαξαι τα παντα εις αυτον (Colossians 1:19 and 20a - TR - Stephens, Beza, Elzevir and Scrivener all identical.) The literal EGNT (...
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What does “in one body ” mean in Colossians 3:15?

Colossians 3:15 (KJV) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Now, according to Meyer's NT Commentary, "in one body" means: ...
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What was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14?

Colossians 2:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, ...
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Based on the Greek word ‘prōtotokos’ in Colossians 1:13, does “firstborn” mean “first created”? [duplicate]

If Jesus was the first created, as some people claim, surely the Greek word ‘protoktistos’ would have been used instead – or is my information incorrect? I do not pretend to understand Greek and so I ...
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Does Paul thank God for the faith and love of the Colossians or for the hope laid in heaven?

In Colossians 1:3-5, Paul writes of his thanks to God (ESV translation): We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus ...
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Colossians 3:5 - akatharsía means heresy?

http://biblehub.com/greek/167.htm 'Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. ' Colossians 3:5 ...
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What is the significance of μέρει in Colossians 2:16?

Μὴ οὖν τις ὑμᾶς κρινέτω ἐν βρώσει καὶ ἐν πόσει ἢ ἐν μέρει ἑορτῆς ἢ νεομηνίας ἢ σαββάτων, NA27 The list of items in which not to allow yourselves to be judged is delimited by ἐν: «ἐν βρώσει...ἐν πόσει....
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In Colossians 1:15, what does “firstborn of every creature” mean?

I was studying passages on the Bible about Jesus and its origin. One verse is, to me, somewhat hard to understand (Colossians 1:15, in King James version): Who is the image of the invisible God, ...
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Why do some translations use “every creature” in Colossians 1:15?

Colossians 1:15: ὅς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἀοράτου, πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως (NA28). Some translations render "πάσης κτίσεως" as "every creature" most as "all creation."...
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What does the word “prototokos” mean in Colossians 1:15?

What does the Greek word "prototokos" mean in English as used in Colossians 1:15? Col 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn [prōtotokos] over all creation. [NIV] ...
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What does John 1:3 mean by “through” Jesus everything is made?

Do any parts of the Bible definitively claim that everything is made by Jesus? I have read already that some people say that Colossians 1:16 does not mean Jesus was the agent of creation, but of his ...
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How can we reconcile Colossians 4:11 & Titus 1:10?

Colossians 4:11(KJV) 11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. Titus 1:10 (...
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what is the mystery of Christ in Colossians 4:3? [duplicate]

Colossians 4:3 (KJV) Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: What was the mystery of Christ that ...
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What has value against self-indulgence in Col 2:23?

Colossians 2:23 (HCSB) Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence. ...
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Sharing of Paul epistles amongst churches

In Colossians 4:16, Paul explicitely instructs the sharing of epistles between the Laodiceans and Colossians: 16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church ...
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In Colossians 2:20-23, is the author of Colossians saying that precepts from the Torah are of human origin?

In Colossians 2:20-23, is the author of Colossians saying that precepts from the Torah are of human origin?: ISV Col 2:20 If you have died with the Messiah to the basic principles of the world,...