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Ron Writes

Colossians: A Peek at the Greek

There are threads that run through Colossians. Themes that are expressed by keywords.

Three powerful words that appear in chapter one are “grace” (1:2, 6), “thanks” (1:3, 12) and “joy” (1:11). The amazing thing is that all three words translate the same Greek root word. It’s also translated (NASV) “rejoicing” (2:5), “gratitude” (2:7), “thankful” (3:15), “thankfulness” (3:16), “thanks” (3:17), “thanksgiving” (4:2), “forgiven” (2:13), “forgiving” (3:13), “forgave” (3:13), “ and “grace” (4:6, 18). It might seem strange that different forms of the same Greek word can be translated in so many ways. The Greek-English Lexicon defines the word as "a beneficent disposition toward someone" or "the practical application of goodwill".

These words must be connected since they are from the same root word. Grace demands action. Grace is when God gives us good things that we don’t deserve. When you recognize the goodness of God in your life that should result in true thanksgiving and overflowing joy. The result of our forgiveness is eternal gratitude and unending rejoicing.

By the time we come to the end of reading Colossians, Paul expects us to be overwhelmed. In the end, you say “wow!” Christ is an awesome God! God is so good! Christianity is not about how good we are (that’s what you might get from therapy). Christianity is about our good God. It is about our undeserved, privileged treatment from God. This gives action to our lives. Lives of deep character and satisfaction because we have been blessed by the eternal God. You will never run out of reasons to thank God.