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The Message of Colossians & Philemon: Fullness and Freedom (The Bible Speaks Today) [Paperback]

Dick Lucas
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (27 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851115217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851115214
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Sometimes we try to add to the gospel our own recipe for spiritual fullness. Paul claims that all God's riches are to be found in Christ alone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great expositor 13 Jun 2008
Dick Lucas has in recent years preached at our church. Now in his eighties he remains an expert expositor of God's word. Here he expounds and applies these two epistles in a way that serves as an example of how Scripture is to be interpreted and applied. All Christians will be able to benefit from this book. The author is a teacher of teachers of the Bible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Colossians and Philipians 24 Jun 2014
By Nick
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Clear, helpful, practical guide to Colossians and Philipians. Dick Lucas' teaching explains the situation facing the Colssion and Philipian Christian in the 1st century and how very similar issues continue to face Christians today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service 11 April 2013
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Excellent service. Many thanks to you. I appreciate your efficient and courteous attention and I have no hesitation in recommending you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Companion to Personal Reading 16 May 2008
By William Petruzzo - Published on
This is day two of being incapacitated from sickness. To be frank, it's hard to write; my mind is cloudy from all the drugs and Vicks steam floating through the air. However, I am here to write, and write I shall.

I recently completed the IVP/BST commentary on Colossians and Philemon entitled, The Message of Colossians & Philemon written by R.C. Lucas. Published originally in 1980 under the title Fullness & Freedom, this commentary is short at just under 200 hundred pages.

Paul had never visited the Colossian church. He wrote the Letter of Colossians while in prison after receiving a report from Epaphras that the young church was being threatened by some visitor's teachings. The visitors claimed Christ's work on the cross to be the foundation, but true spiritual completeness would come, first of all, in this lifetime in the form of some kind of experience and second of all would come through following these visitor's teachings (i.e., self abasement, diets, fasting & festivals). Paul used this letter to exhort the church to see Christ's work on the cross as finished and once one is in him, they have reached this lifetime's pinnacle; they already have Christ's fullness.

The commentator's notes on Philemon are short, only about 10 pages long, but sheds some light on the early church's take on slavery and hierarchical relationship. However, for much fuller understanding of Philemon and the things surrounding this letter, I highly recommend Slave of Christ, written by Murray J. Harris, as part of the NSBT series.

This commentary is by no means a thorough exegesis. Lucas generally will take four or five verses at a time, then over the next chapter break them apart in a non-numerical order. While, understanding the meanings of each verse becomes difficult when the commentator discusses the scripture in this way, it's much easier to grasp general themes and ideas. You won't walk away from this commentary with a comprehensive understanding of the scripture; you will however find it easier to understand the scripture when you read it yourself, until later when perhaps you step into a more detailed study.

All in all, I recommend this as a companion, but don't stop here. Don't stop anywhere, really.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for the Philemon notes 17 Feb 2012
By Jeff Tell - Published on
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I have some mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the quality of the commentary on the text is quite good. It is, of course, British, and now 32 years old (the fact that it is British means the discussion of slavery in Philemon will be different than from an American perspective). But the comments are still worthwhile, and occasionally quite insightful. This would make an excellent reading commentary for individual use or for help in leading a bible study.

On the other hand, I bought this book primarily for the Philemon notes, and I was a bit disappointed. (I suppose I should have read the other reviews!) The notes on Philemon are only eight pages long. There is some good insight in those eight pages, but it is still hard to avoid feeling a bit shortchanged. No doubt Lucas could have delivered significantly more insight that he did. The Philemon notes have a nice devotional quality to them, but if you are looking for help on the issues of the book, I would look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource 25 Oct 2009
By Ryan A. Brown - Published on
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This is a fantastic little commentary packed with great teaching and solid biblical thought. I found that the writers did a pretty descent job of applying it to today's culture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading to include Philemon in Title 20 Sep 2009
By Jacob Hantla - Published on
If you are considering this to accompany study of Philemon, pass. The Philemon portion of this book is no more than a couple-page introduction with some brief notes. You will get more content on Philemon from a basic study Bible.

This is truly on Colossians with a Philemon appendix. I cannot speak to the Colossians content as I have not read it, but am just offering a warning regarding Philemon.
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