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Colossians 1:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus [our] brother,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy [our] brother,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus, by God's will, and Timotheus the brother,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy my brother,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Timotheus the brother,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Timothy, a brother:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Paul an Apostle of Iesus Christ, by ye will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— PAULOS, an apostle of Jeshu the Meshiha by the will of Aloha, and the brother Timotheos,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— PAUL, a legate of Jesus the Messiah by the pleasure of God, and Timothy a brother,

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Paul, 3972
{3972} Prime
Παῦλος
Paulos
{pow'-los}
Of Latin origin; (little; but remotely from a derivative of G3973, meaning the same); Paulus, the name of a Roman and of an apostle.
an apostle 652
{0652} Prime
ἀπόστολος
apostolos
{ap-os'-tol-os}
From G0649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ('apostle'), (with miraculous powers).
of Jesus 2424
{2424} Prime
Ἰησοῦς
Iesous
{ee-ay-sooce'}
Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
Χριστός
Christos
{khris-tos'}
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
by 1223
{1223} Prime
διά
dia
{dee-ah'}
A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional). In composition it retains the same general import.
the will 2307
{2307} Prime
θέλημα
thelema
{thel'-ay-mah}
From the prolonged form of G2309; a determination (properly the thing), that is, (actively) choice (specifically purpose, decree; abstractly volition) or (passively) inclination.
of God, 2316
{2316} Prime
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
Timotheus 5095
{5095} Prime
Τιμόθεος
Timotheos
{tee-moth'-eh-os}
From G5092 and G2316; dear to God; Timotheus, a Christian.
[our] brother, 80
{0080} Prime
ἀδελφός
adelphos
{ad-el-fos'}
From G0001 (as a connective particle) and δελφύς [[delphus]] (the womb); a brother (literally or figuratively) near or remote (much like [H0001]).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Colossians 1:1

_ _ Colossians 1:1-29. Address: Introduction: Confirming Epaphras’ teaching: The glories of Christ: Thanksgiving and prayer for the Colossians: His own ministry of the mystery.

_ _ by the will of GodGreek, “through,” etc. (compare Note, see on 1 Corinthians 1:1).

_ _ Timothy — (Compare Notes, see on 2 Corinthians 1:1 and see on Philippians 1:1). He was with Paul at the time of writing in Rome. He had been companion of Paul in his first tour through Phrygia, in which Colosse was. Hence the Colossians seem to have associated him with Paul in their affections, and the apostle joins him with himself in the address. Neither, probably, had seen the Colossian Church (compare Colossians 2:1); but had seen, during their tour through Phrygia, individual Colossians, as Epaphras, Philemon, Archippus, and Apphia (Philemon 1:2), who when converted brought the Gospel to their native city.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Colossians 1:1-2

_ _ I. The inscription of this epistle is much the same with the rest; only it is observable that, 1. He calls himself an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God. An apostle is a prime-minister in the kingdom of Christ, immediately called by Christ, and extraordinarily qualified; his work was peculiarly to plant the Christian church, and confirm the Christian doctrine. He attributes this not to his own merit, strength, or sufficiency; but to the free grace and good-will of God. He thought himself engaged to do his utmost, as an apostle, because he was made so by the will of God. 2. He joins Timothy in commission with himself, which is another instance of his humility; and, though he elsewhere calls him his son (2 Timothy 2:1), yet here he calls him his brother, which is an example to the elder and more eminent ministers to look upon the younger and more obscure as their brethren, and to treat them accordingly with kindness and respect. 3. He calls the Christians at Colosse saints, and faithful brethren in Christ. As all good ministers, so all good Christians, are brethren one to another, who stand in a near relation and owe a mutual love. Towards God they must be saints, consecrated to his honour and sanctified by his grace, bearing his image and aiming at his glory. And in both these, as saints to God and as brethren to one another, they must be faithful. Faithfulness runs through every character and relation of the Christian life, and is the crown and glory of them all.

_ _ II. The apostolical benediction is the same as usual: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. He wishes them grace and peace, the free favour of God and all the blessed fruits of it; every kind of spiritual blessings, and that from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ; jointly from both, and distinctly from each; as in the former epistle.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Colossians 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the (a) will of God, and Timotheus [our] brother,

(a) By the free bountifulness of God.

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an:

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called [to be] an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes [our] brother,
2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy [our] brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Timotheus:

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians [which is] in God the Father and [in] the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy [our] brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
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