Colossians 1:14 Index
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:"
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" . . . we have redemption . . . "

  • This verse largely parallels (Ephesians 1:7). Christ is the One through whose atoning death men obtain redemption (Romans 3:24). (7BC 190)

" . . . through the blood . . . " (Ephesians 1:7)

" . . . forgiveness . . . "

  • Greek, aphesis, "release," "pardon." (Luke 3:3).
  • Thus Paul ends the introduction to this epistle (Colossians 1:1-14). He has thanked God for what he has heard of the progress of the Colossian Christians. He has solicited help from Heaven for them to grow in true knowledge of the divine will. These petitions have been constantly arising from the apostle's heart, especially since he received a direct report concerning the Colossian believers. Then he reminds them of their privileges in having been translated into the kingdom of light, and of what joy should be theirs since having been emancipated from the power of darkness. (7BC 190-191)
  • My ministering brethren, as you stand before the people, speak of those things that are essential, those things that will instruct. Teach the great practical truths that must be brought into the life. Teach the saving power of Jesus, “in whom we have redemption, ...even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14). Strive to make your hearers comprehend the power of truth. (GW 147-148)
  • Teach the great practical truths that must be stamped upon the soul. Teach the saving power of Jesus, “in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14). It was at the cross that mercy and truth met together, that righteousness and truth kissed each other. Let every student and every worker study this again and again, that they, setting forth the Lord crucified among us, may make it a fresh subject to the people. Show that the life of Christ reveals an infinitely perfect character. Teach that “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name”  (John 1:12). Tell it over and over again. We may become the sons of God, members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King. Let it be known that all who accept Jesus Christ and hold the beginning of their confidence firm to the end will be heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ “to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Peter 1:4), "who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). (6T 60-61)