Friday, November 8, 2013

Colossians 2:5 (Your Order)

Colossians 2:5
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Your order. This is a military term (Gr taxis) indicating an orderly array of disciplined soldiers. The Colossians’ ranks had not been broken yet; but the Gnostics were attacking, and Paul was concerned for them. Steadfastness of your faith in Christ. Another military word (Gr stereĊma) signifying solidity. With unbroken ranks, every man was in his place, presenting a solid front. This speaks of the unyielding nature of their faith which was firm and true to Christ.
Edward E. Hindson and Woodrow Michael Kroll, eds., KJV Bible Commentary (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994), 2460.

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