Colosenses 1


Colosenses 1:1

Pablo, apóstol de Jesucristo por la voluntad de Dios, y nuestro hermano Timoteo,

(una) Pablo. The author of the letter to the Colossians was the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote this letter while in a Roman prison (Col. 4:18), probably around A.D. 60/61. This letter, along with the letter to the Ephesians, was carried by Tychicus (Col. 4:7).

(si) un apóstol; ver entrada for 1 Cor. 1:1.

(C) Por la voluntad de Dios. Paul was called into apostolic ministry by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2).

(d) Timoteo era el hijo espiritual y colaborador de Pablo. Ver entrada for 1 Timothy 1:2.


Colosenses 1:2

A los santos y fieles hermanos en Cristo que están en Colosas: Gracia y paz a vosotros, de Dios nuestro Padre.

(una) Los Santos. A lo largo de las Escrituras, los cristianos son referidos constantemente como santos o santificados. Ver entrada for Acts 26:18.

(si) Hermanos de religion. En el Nuevo Testamento, la palabra hermanos típicamente se refiere a los hermanos y hermanas cristianos (ver entrada for Heb. 2:11).

(C) Colosas was a town in the Lycus Valley located some nine miles to the east of Laodicea. There is no record that Paul ever visited this town, and Paul acknowledges that the Colossians had not heard the gospel from him but Epaphras (Col. 1:7).

(d) Gracia a vosotros y paz. El apóstol de la gracia comenzaba todas sus cartas con este amable saludo. Ver entrada for Rom. 1:7.


Colosenses 1:3

Damos gracias a Dios, Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, orando siempre por vosotros,

(una) damos gracias. Gratitude is the language of faith (Col. 3:17).

Paul’s gratitude for the Colossians, whom he had never met (Col. 2:1), is reminiscent of his gratitude for the church he planted at Thessalonica. Although he may not have gone there, his message had been carried to Colossae and he felt a fatherly affection for the church. See entrada for 1 Thessalonians 1:2.

(si) Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Paul introduces the Lord Jesus Christ at the start of all his letters, and he encourages his readers to confess Jesus as Lord (Rom. 10:9, Php. 2:12). True preachers reveal Jesus as Lord of all. Jesus is not merely a teacher or historical figure. He is the exalted Son of God and his Name is above all names (Php. 2:9). Before the cross, Jesus was known as the Christ or anointed one. But after the cross, Jesus is the Lord or Kyrios o “el que es supremo sobre todo”.


Colosenses 1:6

que ha venido a vosotros, como también en todo el mundo está fructificando y creciendo constantemente, así como lo ha venido haciendo también en vosotros desde el día que lo oísteis y comprendisteis la gracia de Dios en verdad;

(una) En todo el mundo. The Christians of the early church bore witness to the great fruitfulness of the gospel (Acts 12:24, 13:49, 19:10). By the time Paul wrote to the Colossians, the gospel was bearing fruit all over the world.

(si) La gracia de Dios se refiere a la buena voluntad, la bondad amorosa y el favor de Dios que se nos da gratuitamente para que podamos participar de su vida divina. Ver entrada por Gracia de Dios.


Colosenses 1:7

tal como lo aprendisteis de Epafras, nuestro amado consiervo, el cual es fiel servidor de Cristo por nosotros,

Amado. Epaphras was one of four beloved brothers mentioned in this letter. The others were Tychicus, Onesimus and Luke (Col. 4:7, 9, 14).


Colosenses 1:12

dando gracias al Padre, que nos ha capacitado para participar de la herencia de los santos en la Luz.

La herencia de los santos. In Christ we are heirs of the kingdom (Col. 1:12, Jas. 2:5), heirs of the earth (Matt. 5:5, Rom.4:13), and heirs of all things (John 17:10, Heb. 1:2, Rev. 21:7).

Ver entrada por Herencia.


Colosenses 1:14

en quien tenemos redención, el perdón de los pecados.

(una) En quien. En él o en quién es una de las frases favoritas de Pablo, y describe nuestra unión con Cristo. Ver entrada for Eph. 1:7.

(si) Perdón. La palabra original (aféresis) porque el perdón es un sustantivo que a veces se traduce como remisión y significa dejar ir o despedir.

(C) El perdón de los pecados. En la noche en que resucitó de entre los muertos, Jesús les dijo a sus discípulos que predicaran la remisión de los pecados o las buenas nuevas del perdón incondicional (ver entrada for Luke 24:47). Because of his great love, God chooses to remember your sins no more (Heb. 8:12, 10:17), and he is no longer holding your sins and trespasses against you (2 Cor. 5:19). After the cross, the apostles described forgiveness in the past tense and as a gift to receive (see entrada for Acts 13:38).

You were not forgiven because you said or did the right things. You were forgiven and cleansed from all sin through his blood (1 John 1:7). This does not mean everyone enjoys God’s forgiveness or has received his forgiveness, because not everyone believes in Jesus. But in him, you are as forgiven as you ever will be. See entrada para el Perdón.


Colosenses 1:15

Él es la imagen del Dios invisible, el primogénito de toda la creación.

(una) La imagen del Dios invisible. The Son is the exact representation of the Father (Heb. 1:3). If you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father because the Father and Son are one (John 10:30, 14:9). See entrada for John 10:30.

(si) el primogénito. Jesus is also known as the firstborn of creation (Col. 1:15), the firstborn into the world (Heb. 1:6), the firstborn of the dead (Col. 1:18, Rev. 1:5), and the firstborn among many brethren (Rom. 8:29).


Colossians 1:18

He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

(a) Head. When it comes to the church, Jesus is the Head with a capital H. There is no part of the church where he is not the head. Cults form when one person is elevated above others. Paul understood this, which is why he often spoke of the unified body of Christ and being connected to Jesus who is the head of the body (Eph. 1:22–23). The Apostle Paul is not the head. Nor is the pope or your pastor. Jesus is the head. Submit to him.

(si) The body; ver entrada for 1 Cor. 12:27.

(C) The firstborn from the dead. Jesus was the first to pass through death into a brand new sort of creation unaffected by death and decay (Rev. 1:5).


Colosenses 1:21

Y aunque antes erais alienados y hostiles de mente, ocupados en malas obras,

(una) Antes estabas alienado. Once upon a time, you were apart from the Lord and lacking the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:9).

(si) alienado. La palabra que se usa en las Escrituras para describir la unión de un creyente con el Señor es koinonía. La palabra correspondiente para el incrédulo es apallotrio which means alienated or non-participant. Someone who resists the Spirit of life is disconnected from the life of the Spirit. Although they are spiritual beings designed to bear the Spirit of Christ, they are not joined to the life-giving Vine.


Colosenses 1:22

sin embargo, Él ahora os ha reconciliado en Su cuerpo carnal por medio de la muerte, para presentaros ante Él santos e irreprensibles e irreprochables—

Santo y sin mancha. You may ask, “How can I believe I am holy when my life is such an unholy mess?” You can believe it because your life is hidden in Christ and he is holy and unblemished. You have a need for holiness—you can’t get in without it—but the good news is that Jesus meets your need. By his one sacrifice, you have been made holy and perfect forever (Hebrews 10:10,14).


Colosenses 1:23

si en verdad permanecéis firmes y firmes en la fe, y no os apartáis de la esperanza del evangelio que habéis oído, que ha sido predicado en toda la creación debajo del cielo, y del cual yo, Pablo, fui hecho ministro.

(una) Si en verdad permanecéis en la fe. To continue in the faith is to continue trusting in Jesus. As you have received Christ Jesus (by faith), so walk in him (by faith; see Col. 2:6).

In the New Testament we are exhorted to continue in God’s kindness (Rom. 11:22), continue in the faith (Col. 1:23), continue in the teaching of Christ (2 John 1:9), and continue in what we have learned and been convinced of (2 Tim 3:14). In short, we are to continue in the grace of God (Acts 13:43).

Todo cristiano sabe lo que significa empezar con la gracia de Dios pero no todos los cristianos continúa en la gracia de Dios. La tentación de contratar un pequeño seguro de obras es fuerte en una cultura donde se idolatra el desempeño.

One sign that you are not continuing in the faith is that you are more conscious of your lack than you are of the Lord’s supply. You may think, I’m not holy enough, righteous enough, or fruitful enough. Paul corrects this misperception by reminding us “in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (Col. 2:10). How do you continue in the faith? By recognizing that in Christ you lack no good thing. In Christ, you are as righteous and holy as he is and you are eternally pleasing to God.

Otras lecturas: "Continuar en la fe"

(b) No se alejó de la esperanza del evangelio. Continuamos en la fe al no permitirnos ser sacudidos de la esperanza que ganamos cuando escuchamos el evangelio (ver Biblia Buenas Nuevas).

Love leads to hope which leads to faith. DIY religion tries to shake our hope by diminishing the love of God and by portraying our heavenly Father as angry or capricious. Become uncertain about your Father’s great love for you, and your hope will be undermined and you may wander from the faith. We guard our hope, and continue in the faith, by being persuaded that nothing can separate us from his love (Rom 8:38-39).

Otras lecturas: "Siete formas en que la religión daña la esperanza"

(C) El Evangelio se refiere al evangelio de Cristo o al evangelio de Dios o al evangelio del reino. Todas estas son etiquetas diferentes para lo que Pablo se refirió como “mi evangelio” o el evangelio de la gracia. Ver entrada para El Evangelio.

(d) Proclamado en toda la creación. Jesus prophesied that the gospel would be preached in the whole world as a testimony to the nations (Matt. 24:14). Within one generation his prophecy was coming true (Rom. 1:8, Col. 1:6).


Colosenses 1:25

De esta iglesia fui hecho ministro según la mayordomía que Dios me ha dado para vuestro beneficio, a fin de que pueda llevar a cabo plenamente la predicación de la palabra de Dios,

La palabra de Dios es la buena noticia de Jesús. Ver entrada por Palabra de Dios.


Colossians 1:26

that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,

The mystery. The mysteries of God refer to the purposes of God and the realities of his kingdom which remain unknown to the natural mind but are revealed to his children (1 Cor. 2:11–14).

Ver entrada for Mysteries of God.


Colossians 1:27

to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

(una) This mystery. The mystery of the believer’s spiritual union with the Lord (Eph. 5:32). Our union with Christ is intimate, blessed, and unbreakable.

(si) Christ in you. Our spiritual union with the Lord is mentioned hundreds of times in scripture. It is found in the phrases like “Christ in you,” “God with us,” “in Christ,” “with Christ,” “with him,” and “in him.”

Union is more than relationship for it describes the mystical connection that all believers share with God the Father (Eph. 2:18, 1 John 1:2-3, 2:15), God the Son (1 Cor. 1:9, 10:16), and God the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14, Php. 2:1, 1 John 4:13). Our union also joins us to the church or the body of Christ (1 John 1:7). See entrada para Unión.

(C) The hope of glory. One with the Lord, the believer has a rich and reliable hope of what is to come.

This hope includes, the hope of salvation (1 Th. 5:8), the redemption of our bodies (Rom. 8:23), our resurrection (1 Cor. 15:19), eternal life (Tit 1:2, 3:7), and a glorious inheritance (Eph. 1:18). Christ Jesus is truly our hope (1 Tim 1:1).


Colosenses 1:28

Lo proclamamos, amonestando a todo hombre y enseñando a todo hombre con toda sabiduría, para que podamos presentar a todo hombre completo en Cristo.

En Cristo: No hay vida duradera fuera de Cristo sino uno con el Señor estamos completos en todos los sentidos.

Estamos vivos para Dios y tenemos vida eterna. en Cristo Jesús (Rom. 6:11, 23). The grace and kindness of God are found en Cristo Jesús (1 Cor. 1:4, Eph. 2:7) and his forgiveness is found en Cristo Jesús (Eph. 4:32). There is no condemnation for those who are en Cristo Jesús (Rom. 8:1), we are justified en Cristo (Gal. 2:17), and our salvation is en Cristo Jesús (2 Tim. 2:10). Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is en Cristo Jesús (Rom. 8:39). We have freedom and are sanctified en Cristo Jesús (1 Cor. 1:2, Gal. 2:4). We are seated in heavenly places en Cristo Jesús (Eph. 2:6). The peace, faith and love of God are found en Cristo Jesús (Php. 4:7, 1 Tim. 1:14). En Cristo we are brand new creatures (2 Cor. 5:17). We are complete en Cristo (Col. 1:28) and blessed with every blessing en Cristo (Eph. 1:3). All the glory goes to God because it is because of him that you are en Cristo Jesús (1 Cor. 1:30).

Ver entrada para Unión.


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