I feel like I am late in turning in a home work assignment.  🙂

Yesterday I got caught up in the Tiger Woods drama at the Masters golf tourney.  I also had the Mets, Red Sox and Yankee games, plus a book to finish that was due at the library, Ian Jack’s The Country Know As Great Britain, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/06/country-formerly-known-great-britain-ian-jack .  Then there are six hours of unwatched TV shows from last week on my DVR.

All that is of course is a lot more fun than fighting the Friday commuter traffic, plus trying to juggled 10 work projects at the same time.  Being retired is a hard job, but someone has to do it.  🙂

I had to choice between two “assignments”, one involved science, the other religion.  Sorry my Christian friends but science won out.  🙂

Every Friday I go over the science news and pick what I think are the most interesting to send to my favorite podcaster, Dr. Kisten “Kiki” Sanford.  Kiki usually picks one or two for her podcast, This Week In Science, http://www.twis.org/ .  I am one of several “minions” who sends her stories.  You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and starting soon watch it live on the Internet TV Channel, http://live.twit.tv/ , scheduled for Monday nights at 8:00 pm.

Here is my late Bible Study, I hope you won’t take off too many points for it’s being tardy. 🙂

The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians is the 12th book of the New Testament.  It was written by Paul the Apostle to the church in Colossae, which was in  what was then know as Asia Minor. 

Members of the congregation at Colossae had incorporated pagan elements into their practice, including worship of elemental spirits. Paul declared Christ’s supremacy over the entire created universe and exhorted Christians to lead godly lives. Like most of Paul’s epistles, this consists of two parts: first a doctrinal section, then a second regarding conduct. In both sections, Paul opposes false teachers who have been spreading error in the congregation.

In the doctrinal sections, Paul explains that there can be no need to worship anyone or anything but Christ because Christ is supreme over all creation. All things were created through him and for him, and the universe is sustained by him. God had chosen for his complete being to dwell in Christ. The “cosmic powers” revered by the false teachers had been “discarded” and “led captive” at Christ’s death. Christ is the master of all angelic forces and the head of the church. Christ is the only mediator between God and humanity, the unique agent of cosmic reconciliation.

The doctrinal part comprises the first two chapters. His main theme is developed in chapter 2. He warns them against being drawn away from Him in whom dwelt all the fullness of the deity (2:9), and who was the head of all spiritual powers. Christ was the head of the body of which they were members; and if they were truly united to him, what needed they more?

Paul could see that they had grown spiritually because of their love for all the set-apart ones in Christ (1:4 & 8). He knowing this wanted them to grow in wisdom and knowledge that their love might be principled love and not sentimentality (1:9-11). “Christ in you is your hope of glory!” (1:27)

Paul denounces ascetic  practices or avoiding certain foods because Christ’s death put an end to such distinctions. Believers are one in Christ, not divided between circumcised and uncircumcised, slave and free, and so on. He then calls on his audience to fulfill all domestic and social obligations.

The practical part of the Epistle (3-4) enforces various duties naturally flowing from the doctrines expounded. They are exhorted to mind things that are above (3:1-4), to mortify every evil principle of their nature, and to put on the new man (3:5-14). Many special duties of the Christian life are also insisted upon as the fitting evidence of the Christian character.

The verses that stand out to me are Colossians 2:6 -12, this is the New International Version:  

6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

 8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

 9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. 11In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

What do these words say to you?