Contributed by John Lowe on May 21, 2018
The chief religions of Paul’s time included Gnosticism, stressing gnosis as essential to salvation, viewing matter as evil, and combining ideas derived from mythology, ancient Greek philosophy, ancient religions, and, eventually, Christianity.
Lesson IIA2: THE FIRST-BORN OVER ALL CREATION (Colossians 1:15b-17)
• Numbers in brackets [a], correspond to “Special Notes” following each verse.
• NIV Bible is used throughout unless noted otherwise.
Colossians 1:15b-17 (NIV)
15b the firstborn over all