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Prayer in Colossians

Paul’s letter to the Colossians was written by the apostle to a group of people that he had never met. He knew the Gospel had worked effectively in Colossae, and that a church had been gathered there, but he never made it to the city to personally teach those believers. News of their faith reached him through his coworkers, but along with that good news, he heard reports of false teaching that was starting to pull some of them aside. Paul wanted to write to remind those believers what the truth of the Gospel was that they had believed, and to give them instruction how to remain firm in that truth. Part of his instruction about a sound Christian life was on the topic of prayer. Throughout the letter, Paul either records his own prayers for them or teaches them about prayer. It is an important part of this book. Prayer is just as important for believers today as it was for those believers almost two thousand years ago. By answering four questions about prayer, Paul teaches that it is an indispensible part of a believer’s life.

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The Image of God in Man

The crowning achievement of God’s creative week was different than anything he had already created. He saved the best for last. Genesis 1:26–27 states, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Notice that there is nothing else in the creation account or anywhere else in the Bible described as being created in this way. People are the only thing about which the Bible ever says, “made in the image of God.” As we will see, this means that there is a fundamental difference between humans and all other creation. Also, we did not evolve from monkeys or amoeba. We did not crawl out of a pool of organisms and teach ourselves to walk upright. The world and man did not begin with a big bang, it began with “In the beginning, God.” God spoke, and creation happened. But what does it mean to be made in the image of God? The Bible says Adam and Eve were in the image of God—are people today still made in the image of God? If we are still in the image of God, do we have any responsibilities that come along with being made in the image of God?

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