Colossians: Encouragement to Walk in All Wisdom as Holy Ones by John Paul Heil

By John Paul Heil

This booklet investigates Colossians as a ''captivity'' letter from the first implied writer, the imprisoned Paul, to an implied viewers of mostly Gentile converts at present at risk of effect by way of neighborhood Jews or Jewish Christians. using a text-centered, literary-rhetorical, and audience-oriented approach, it demonstrates new chiastic buildings for the complete letter that gradually inspire the viewers to withstand deceit and behavior themselves in line with all of the knowledge at their disposal as holy ones in Christ

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The only occurrences in this unit of the word “brother”—“Tychicus, the beloved brother (ἀδελφόϚ),” in 4:7, “Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother (ἀδελφῷ),” in 4:9, and “Greet the brothers (ἀδελφούϚ) in Laodicea” in 4:16,57 the only occurrences in this unit of a word referring to “minister” or “ministry”—“faithful minister (διάκονοϚ)” in 4:7 and “fulfill the ministry 57. The word “brother” (ἀδελφός) occurred previously in the letter in 1:1, 2. 32 The Chiastic Structures of Colossians (διακονίαν)” in 4:17,58 the only occurrences in this unit, and the final occurrences in the letter, of the phrase “in the Lord”—“fellow slave in the Lord (ἐν κυρίῳ)” in 4:7 and “which you received in the Lord (ἐν κυρίῳ)” in 4:17,59 establish the parallelisms between the A (4:7–9) and the A´ (4:15–18) elements of the chiasm in this tenth unit.

47. According to Harris (Colossians, 137), “given the word-order, it is preferable to tr[anslate] ‘where Christ is, seated . ” Colossians 27 B: 3 for you died and your life (ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν) has been hidden with (σύν) the Christ (Χριστῷ) in God. B´: 4 Whenever the Christ (ΧριστόϚ), your life (ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν),48 is manifested, then you also with (σύν) him will be manifested in glory. 49 7 Among whom you also walked once, when you lived (ἐζῆτε) in these. The statement “if then you were raised with the Christ” (εἰ οὖν συνηγέρθητε τῷ Χριστῷ) that begins this unit in 3:1 resonates with the statement “if you died with Christ” (εἰ ἀπεθάνετε σὺν Χριστῷ) toward the conclusion of the preceding unit in 2:20.

31 5. Walk and Live in Christ with Whom You Have Died and Been Raised (2:6–23) Why Let Yourselves Be Subjected to Decrees as if Living in the World? A: 6 As (ὡϚ) then you received the christ, Jesus the Lord,32 in him go on walking, 7 having been rooted and being built up in him and being confirmed in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that there will not be anyone who is captivating you through the philosophy (φιλοσοφίαϚ) which is empty deceit,33 according to the tradition of human beings (κατὰ τὴν παράδοσιν τῶν ἀνθρώπων), according to the elemental forces of the world (τὰ στοιχεῖα τοῦ κόσμου), and not according to Christ.

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