A Translators Handbook on Paul's Letters to the Colossians by Robert G. Bratcher

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No word shOUld be used which, like "preach" in English, suggests a formal church service; the verb means "to announce," "to proclaim" as a herald who went around announcing matters of importance. 6). Despite the exaggeration suggested in the literary figure which has been preached to everybody in the world, it is important to reflect, 1ll so far as posslble, thlS type of statement made by Paul. " It would be inappropriate to introduce "apostles," since obviously a great deal of the spreading of the gospel was performed by other persons.

It seems preferable to say "God's full nature lives/ dwells in him" than to say "God in his fullness dwells in him" (compare TNT Brc FrCL) , as though the person of God were exhausted by the incarnation. Has in himself represents the Greek katoikeo, "to live," "to be at horne" (oikos, "house," "horne"). A literal rendering of the Son has in himself the full nature of God can lead to misunderstanding, for it might suggest that Christ simply possessed God inside of himself. 20 Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself.

24 have the full wealth of assurance which true understanding brings. c He is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God's wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you, then, do not let anyone deceive you with false arguments, no matter how good they seem to be. 5 For even though I" am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I am glad as I see the resolute firmness ,with which you stand together in your faith in Christ. you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

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