We are studying Colossians 2:1-15 for Sunday, June 23. This is a short exhortation to faithfulness to Christ, head of the church and source of the love, life and solidarity of its members. [Study notes on that text are here.] Here are a few questions we might want to think about or discuss in class:
In v3, Christ is referred to as the one “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” What do we think “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” means?
What could it mean that they are “hidden” in Christ?
Is this how we usually think of Jesus Christ, or is it different? (If it’s different – how is this different? And what difference does this way of thinking about Christ seem to make?)
In v7, the author uses two images of “living your lives in” Christ: “rooted” and “built up.” What does the image of being “rooted” in Christ bring to mind? How does that make us think of life in Christ?
What does the image of being “built up” in Christ bring to mind? How does that make us think of life in Christ?
What else do we notice about these two different images? What does that tell us about what the author is trying to tell the Colossians (and us) about this way of life?
In v7, another characteristic of this way of life is “abounding in thanksgiving.” Are we, ourselves, abounding in thanksgiving? Why, or why not?
Reading over verses 10-15, notice that the author is using verbs in the past tense to describe the condition of the Colossians. What does this imply – that is, how is the author describing their condition? (It might help to list the descriptions.)
Does this description ring true for us Christians today? How? Does it seem different from our condition today, in any way? How – in what ways?
Does this give us any ideas? Or questions? What are they? What do we or will we do with those?
In v2, the author calls Jesus Christ “God’s mystery” – why might that be, do we think?