March 1, 2020
Colossians 3 brings up slavery, which is a particularly troublesome and controversial subject in our cultural context. By looking at the letter of Philemon—the short companion letter to Colossians—we see that Jesus radically transforms human relationships, particularly where dynamics of power exist.
Where do you have power? Where are you under someone else’s power? How does the gospel inform and transform your relationship to both?
Where does God currently want you to use your authority, influence, and power to lift up those who lack power and influence?
If the Bible is both divine and human, how does that affect our reading? What are the dangers of emphasizing one over the other? Which “side” comes more naturally to you?
Do you personally know any non-Christians who discount Jesus because of passages like Colossians 3:22-4:1? How might a better understanding of the Bible and its cultural context help you share the gospel with such people?
Pray that we would live as slaves to righteousness, not slaves to sin.
Pray for wisdom in sharing the gospel with people who largely discount the Bible because of passages like this.
For Further Study
ESV Study Bible Footnote on translation of the Greek word “Doulos”