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The Fulness of Christ
Commentary: Colossians

The Fulness of Christ

Geoffrey Bingham

by Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

Subject: Bible Commentary

Pages: 78 pp

Pub. Date: 1987

Book Code: 184

ISBN: 0 86408 068 9

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The Fulness of Christ

FOREWORD

In this small book on Colossians, I have departed somewhat from the format of commentaries previously written. I have learned—if somewhat slowly—from years of exposition, both in Colleges and other places, that verse-by-verse exegesis and exposition can be tedious. It can also be so detailed and particularised that the living substance of any book may be partially lost in the detailed explanation, and even by cross-references relating to other portions of Scripture.

Whilst not rejecting this method of teaching, I believe it is good to have an overall view of the book, not only in an analysis and structure of the text, but in catching up the thrust of that text, ie. what I have called 'the living substance,.

This volume, then, is somewhat by way of experiment. Whilst nothing can substitute for the personal, warm and intimate exposition given in a group situation especially where that is couched in worship and devotion-the written running commentary can be of value. For this reason I have minimised the materials relating to the time, date and place of authorship, and the geographical and historical background to Colossae itself, and even the commentary text is minimal. I hope the section 'The Epistle to the Colossians for the Church Today' may help the text to come alive for readers.

I am firmly convinced that this small letter of the Apostle Paul is immensely significant for the church today, and for the growth and development of each member of Christ's body. Realising, as I do, the inadequacies of this little book, l believe it can make some useful contribution to our understanding the great themes treated within the text of the Epistle.

Geoffrey Bingham

Coromandel East, 1987