Mark introduced Colossians and said there is always a discussion about whether or not Paul wrote it. One way to look at it is the common words in the book as compared to other books that are known to be written by Paul like Galatians. The evidence is not completely clear. It was thought to be written in the 50’s. Era of gnosticism. Significance of rituals. Discussion of the role of body and how it should be treated. There was a lot of licentiousness among these people. They thought if the body didn’t make any difference to eternal life, you could do anything. Paul maybe told his secy. to write to this people and he wrote a greeting and summary. There is a real difference in the translations and some are very cumbersome. Tom remarked the OT is similar in the Message but NT is different. Brian thinks the message is more of a commentary and maybe the NT is where Peterson is more adept with his Greek than Hebrew. Curt asked how we can reconcile all of these versions into our orthodoxy. NIV wants to be more literal and possibly more orthodox. Tyndal was persecuted for his translation of the NT and ultimately killed. Look at the difference in the message and NIV in Jude 2. The NIV states “Mercy, peace, and Love be yours in Abundance.” A beautiful phrase. KJV says ” Mercy unto you, and peace and love be multiplied.” while the message says “Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; Open your hearts, love is on the way.” and this just doesn’t say it for me like the other versions. Sometimes the way the verses are stated make it come alive and become significant for me. This is certainly the case for me with the NIV statements of verses Colossians 1:15-22. Verses 15-20 is base of the gospel here. Significance of the resurrection is here in this section and it is a strong argument for one god, whether it be called God or Jesus. Verse 21 is also very significant here. Verse 22 says “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation –” but establishes a caveat based on the actions in which he sees the people engaging. Here is the caveat: “if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.” You gave here the image of the invisible. Christ is exact likeness of God who can’t be seen. .