Colossians Commentaries

COLOSSIANS RESOURCES
Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals
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Colossians: Precept Ministries International Inductive Study
12 lessons -- Lesson 1 can be downloaded as Pdf (Click above link)
( Click for discussion of the value of Inductive Study)

Colossians -- Do you feel incomplete? Do you fear being deceived...or do you know that what you believe is biblical? The study of Colossians will enlighten and encourage you in your Christian walk. 13 weeks, 12 lessons

COLOSSIANS COMMENTARY
Verse by Verse
In Depth Comments

Compiled by Bruce Hurt, MD
Another Colossians Overview Chart

Christ
Preeminent in All Things

Supreme Lord - Sufficient Savior
Colossians 1 Colossians 2 Colossians 3 Colossians 4
Supremacy of
Christ
Submission to
Christ
Doctrinal
and Corrective
Practical
and Reassuring
What Christ
Did For Us
What Christ
Does Through Us
Christ
Our Lord
Christ
Our Life
Christ
our Love
Christ the
Head of the Body
Christ the Lord
of the Universe
Christ the
Head of the Home
Instruction Warnings Exhortations Reminders
Reconciliation Creation Submission Conversation
His Person
and Word
His Peace
and Presence

HENRY ALFORD
Colossians Commentary
The New Testament for English Readers

HENRY ALFORD
Colossians Commentary
The Greek Testament

PAUL APPLE
Colossians - 139 page Pdf Notes

JACK ARNOLD
COLOSSIANS SERMONS

BACK TO THE BIBLE
Devotionals

WILLIAM BARCLAY
Commentary on Colossians
Daily Study Bible

Comment: Barclay often has rich insights on Greek words and/or historical background. However, be aware that he does hold some unorthodox beliefs, so be a Berean (Acts 17:11) and use this resource wisely.

ALBERT BARNES
Commentary Notes
on Colossians

JOHANN BENGEL
Colossians Commentary
The Critical English Testament
Similar to following but less Greek

C H Spurgeon wrote that Bengel's NT commentary "is the Scholar's delight! Bengel condensed more matter into a line than can be extracted from pages of other writers."

John Wesley said of Bengel "I know of no commentator on the Bible equal to Bengel" and referred to him as "The great light of the Christian world."

JOHANN BENGEL
Colossians Commentary
Gnomon of the New Testament

JOSEPH A BEET
Expositional Commentary
on Colossians

BIBLE.ORG RESOURCES
Resources that Reference Colossians
on the largest Bible Study Resource on the Web

Hint: Do a "control + find" when you open a "hit" and search only Colossians, not full name.
This may take some practice but is guaranteed to yield some "gems"!
Recommended Resource

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR
Colossians
Joseph Exell, Ed.
Over 300 pages of material!

BRIAN BELL
Calvary Murietta
Colossians

BRIAN BILL
Edgewood Baptist Church
Colossians

GREGORY BROWN
Commentary on Colossians

JOHN CALVIN
Commentary on Colossians

RICH CATHERS
Calvary Chapel, Fullerton, Ca

GEORGE CLARK
Commentary on Colossians (1906)
"Designed for Pastors and Sunday Schools"

THOMAS CONSTABLE
Colossians Commentary
Expository Notes

Hint: Click NETBible which has Net notes in the right panel as well as a tab for Constable's Notes. As you scroll the Bible text in the left panel, the notes are synchronized and will scroll to the same passage.

W A CRISWELL
Sermons on Colossians

RON DANIEL
Sermons on Colossians

JOHN EADIE
A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Epistle
of St Paul to the Colossians
Verse by Verse Exposition
Recommended - it takes some work to read through Eadie's prodigious comments
but you will be rewarded with some excellent insights on the text

Spurgeon writes that this is "Very full and reliable. A work of utmost value." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

CHARLES ELLICOTT
Commentary on Colossians

EXPLORE THE BIBLE
Teacher helps for Lifeway Series
on Colossians

DON FORTNER
Sermons on Colossians

Bruce Goettsche
Sermons on Colossians

THOMAS GUTHRIE
Studies on Colossians 1
Focus is on Christology

Spurgeon writes that this is "Not so much an exposition as a series of brilliant discourses, or prose poems. Dr. Guthrie has only touched upon the first chapter." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

DAVID GUZIK
Commentary Notes
on Colossians

DAVID HOLWICK
Sermons on Colossians

WAYNE HOUSE

HYMNS RELATING TO COLOSSIANS

ILLUSTRATIONS
10,000 Illustrations
Colossians

IVP COMMENTARY
Colossians
Robert W Wall

H A IRONSIDE
Commentary on Colossians

S LEWIS JOHNSON
Expository Sermons on Colossians

S LEWIS JOHNSON
Colossians Series
in Bibliotheca Sacra

James Rosscup comments that this collection is "One of the most contributive discussions of Colossians verse by verse, with help on difficulties and evaluation of different interpretations, written by a former professor at Dallas Seminary who is outstanding as an exegete, expositor, and theologian." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

The Links below are to Dr Johnson's 12 part series on the epistle of Colossians in Bibliotheca Sacra - only the first page of the article is viewable at no charge but note that the annual fee ($50 or $5 monthly - this would give plenty of time to read Johnson's articles) gives access to more than 27 journals - 500 yrs of articles searchable by topic, author or verse see Theological Journal Subscription info

HAMPTON KEATHLEY III
Exegetical & Devotional Study
Colossians 1:1 - 2:3

This study is incomplete. Hampton Keathley III went to be with the Lord before it was completed.

GUY KING
Commentary on Colossians
Links below open Pdf

J B LIGHTFOOT
Paraphrase of Colossians
Commentary of Colossians

James Rosscup writes that "Lightfoot is excellent in this 1865 work revised in 1879. His work on Colossians 1:15 (“first-born of every creature”) is especially helpful on a problem text. Many regard the commentary as the best older work on the Greek text." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos)

Spurgeon writes that Lightfoot is "Deservedly regarded as a standard work. The more instructed student will appreciate it." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

COMMENTARY ON COLOSSIANS

JOHN MACARTHUR
Sermons on Colossians
Highly Recommended Resource
Functions Essentially Like a Verse by Verse Commentary

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
A Commentary on Colossians and Philemon
Expositor's Bible Commentary
Over 400 pages on Colossians
Recommended

Warren W. Wiersbe on the Expositor's Bible - If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It takes up less space than the original fifty-volume set, and not everything in the original set is worth owning. Samuel H. Kellogg on Leviticus is a classic; so is Alexander Maclaren on the Psalms and on Colossians.

ALEXANDER MACLAREN
Sermons on Colossians

H A W MEYER
Commentary on Colossians
Critical and Exegetical Handbook to the Epistles to the Philippians and Colossians
1875

MISCELLANEOUS
Resources on Colossians

The Theological Journal Library on galaxie.com

An annual $50 or monthly $5 subscription (click here) is required to view the entire article but will give you access to literally thousands of conservative articles. Click the following links to search by topic, author, or bible reference.

JOURNAL ARTICLES ON LINE - The fact that an article is listed does not signify I agree with the paper or the author's conclusion -- e.g., I strongly disagree with Cowan's conclusion on Galatians 6:16. Be very discerning and ask the Spirit to guide you into all truth and enable you to discern truth from error!

COMMENTARIES
ON COLOSSIANS

PAUL APPLE

JOHANN A BENGEL

JOSEPH BENSON

KARL BRAUNE

BRIDGEWAY

WILLIAM BURKITT

B H Carroll

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS
 H. C. G. Moule (1891)

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT

VINCENT CHEUNG

ADAM CLARKE

COLLEGE PRESS

MARK COPELAND

JOHN NELSON DARBY

JOHN DUMMELOW

MARK DUNAGAN

JOHN EADIE

CHARLES ELLICOTT

EASY ENGLISH

EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF TEXTS

A C GAEBELEIN

JOHN GILL

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH

  • A verse by verse analysis - with comments on each verse from Bible Knowledge Commentary or Bibliotheca Sacra

L M GRANT

ROBERT HAWKER

MATTHEW HENRY

F B HOLE

HOMILETICS

BRUCE HURT

ICC NT COMMENTARY

R J KREJCIR
Into Thy Word

A verse by verse inductive and exegetical Bible Study series on the Book of Colossians!

JAMIESON, F, B

Note that this is not the abridged (as found on most websites) but the unabridged version of Jamieson, Fausset, Brown.

PAUL KRETZMANN

LANGE COMMENTARY

S R MACPHAIL

HENRY MAHAN

J VERNON MCGEE

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR

JAMES NISBET
Church Pulpit Commentary

Sections taken from sermons by various preachers and occasional illustrations

PETER PETT

MATTHEW POOLE

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY

PULPIT COMMENTARY

GRANT RICHISON

JOHNNY SANDERS

SCHAFF'S POPULAR COMMENTARY

SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY

CHUCK SMITH

Sermon Notes

SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY

SANTA BARBARA COMMUNITY CHURCH

SPIRIT AND TRUTH FELLOWSHIP

  • Colossians Commentary - 36 pages of short notes on almost every verse with primary focus on individual words and/or phrases rather than in depth exposition.

RAY STEDMAN

JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE

JOHN TRAPP

TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE

DANIEL WHEDON

SERMONS AND STUDIES
ON COLOSSIANS

BAKER'S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY

BEST COMMENTARIES

BIBLE HUB

Note: Each link below opens to a page with multiple sermon links to individual verses (taken from Biblical Illustrator but divided by chapter and verse - click chap/verse to go to next verse) - Interesting concept.

JIM BOMKAMP

KENNETH BOA

F. F. BRUCE

F F BRUCE

KAY DAIGLE

DICTIONARY ARTICLES

J LIGON DUNCAN

BRIAN FISHER

GOSPEL COALITION

GOTQUESTIONS

H H GOWEN

JAMES GRAY

JOE GUGLIELMO

VANCE HAVNER

DAVID HOCKING

A M HODGKIN

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

  • Holman Christian Standard Bible Study Bible - Click OPEN > click Table of Contents in upper portion of the right pane (Study Bible) to select Scripture of interest.  - these are excellent conservative notes with occasional word studies interspersed.

BIBLE HUB

Note: Each link below opens to a page with multiple sermon links to individual verses (taken from Biblical Illustrator but divided by chapter and verse - click chap/verse to go to next listing) - Interesting concept.

NATHAN LEWIS

J B LIGHTFOOT

HENRY MAHAN

RALPH MARTIN

JOHN MACARTHUR

J VERNON MCGEE

BRYN MACPHAIL

F B MEYER
Devotionals

HEINRICH MEYER - CRITICAL AND EXEGETICAL COMMENTARY

MONERGISM

HENRY MORRIS

Defender's Study Bible - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading creationist commentator, Dr Henry Morris. See links on right side of page for notes.

NIV STUDY BIBLE (INTRO ONLY)

WILLIAM ORR

MEYER PEARLMAN

PULPIT PAGES
Chris Benfield

Sermons on Colossians

ROBERT RAYBURN

DON ROBINSON

CHARLES SIMEON

PHILLIP SCHAFF

SAM STORMS

CHARLES SWINDOLL

How do I apply this? - Your view of Jesus Christ will impact every area of your life. Many today want only practical instruction and helps for living, eschewing “esoteric” topics such as doctrine and theology because they seem to be out of touch with their day-to-day reality. Paul’s view was different. He saw that the christological problems in the Colossian church had practical importance as well. Believers have died with Christ; therefore, we need to die to our sins. We have also been raised with Christ; therefore, we must live well in Him and put on qualities that are motivated by Christian love. And because He is Lord over all, the life of the Christian is a life of submission to Jesus. Are you following after Jesus as you should? Our faith in Jesus Christ should transform the relationships we have in every area of our lives—in our homes, our churches, and our world.

TIM TEMPLE

JAMES VAN DINE

VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH

COLOSSIANS 1

ROBERT MORGAN

ONSITE

JOSEPH PARKER

F F BRUCE

ONSITE

LIFE AND LAND SEMINARS

J R MILLER

ALAN CARR

JAMES SMITH

CHARLES BONNER

ALAN CARR

RAY PRITCHARD

ONSITE

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

RALPH MARTIN

VANCE HAVNER

ALAN CARR

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

ONSITE

JAMES SMITH

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

JOSEPH PARKER

J C PHILPOT

CHARLES C BING

J R MILLER

ANDREW C. PERRIMAN

OSWALD CHAMBERS

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

JAMES HASTINGS

F B MEYER

J R MILLER

GREG ALLEN - BETHANY BIBLE

COLOSSIANS 2

G. R. BEASLEY-MURRAY

Onsite>

RAY PRITCHARD

JOSEPH PARKER

BOB DEWAAY

  • Colossians 2 Heresy Pt 1 - The Stoicheia of Colossians 2:8, 20, Entering a Higher Spiritual Experience, Three Warnings about Spiritual Elitism
  • Colossians 2 Heresy Pt 2 - Colossians 2:8-10; The New Spiritual Elite; Spiritual Hierarchy; Legalists and Ascetics; Beware of "Secrets”; Spiritual Warfare Teachings
  • Colossians 2 Heresy Pt 3- The Colossian Heresy- Taught from “Heaven”; Elitism; Superior Humility; Judgment Before the Time

F B MEYER

J C PHILPOT

JAMES BOURNE

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

ONSITE

RAY PRITCHARD

JAMES HASTINGS

JOSEPH PARKER

G R BEASLEY-MURRAY

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

ONSITE

J. P. T. HUNT

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

ONSITE

COLOSSIANS 3

GREG HERRICK

ONSITE

JOSEPH PARKER

HORATIUS BONAR

JAMES HASTINGS

J R MILLER

J C RYLE

THOMAS BRADBURY

OSWALD CHAMBERS

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

CASTING CROWNS

ONSITE

C F D MOULE

ALAN CARR

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

THOMAS WATSON

K K POPHAM

J C RYLE

F B MEYER

JAMES HASTINGS

CHIP ANDERSON

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

ONSITE

MIKE ANDRUS

RAY PRITCHARD

B H CARROLL

COLOSSIANS 4

ONSITE

Thomas Brooks

RAY PRITCHARD

J R MILLER

F B MEYER

LIFE AND LAND SEMINARS

ONSITE

LIFE AND LAND SEMINARS

ANDREW BONAR

LIFE AND LAND SEMINARS

LIFE AND LAND SEMINARS

G. CAMPBELL MORGAN
Colossians Sermons
Westminster Pulpit
All His Sermons on Colossians

H C G MOULE
Colossians Commentary
from Cambridge Bible (1913)
Comments often have a devotional flavor

H C G MOULE
Colossians Studies (1898)
Lesson in Faith and Holiness from St Paul's Epistles
to the Colossians and Philemon
(distinct from his commentary above)

NET BIBLE NOTES
Colossians Commentary

Recommended: NETBible notes are in the right panel. You can also select the tab for "Constable's Notes." As you scroll the Bible text in the left panel, the notes are synchronized and will scroll to the same passage. This is a very helpful feature.

PHIL NEWTON
Sermons on Colossians
(Scroll down page for sermon)

OUR DAILY BREAD
Updated November, 2015
These make excellent sermon illustrations

See more Our Daily Bread devotionals...

See Today in the Word (Moody Bible) devotionals...

JOSEPH PARKER
Commentary on Colossians
Comments not strictly verse by verse

Excerpt on Colossians 3:5 to give you a "feel" for Parker's style - "Then it is not all contemplation, and sentiment and poetry! This life in Christ means discipline. We have died with Christ that we might obtain the power of Christ, and we are to use that power in destroying the works of the flesh and the influence of the devil. By the power of Christ's resurrection we have been brought to the use of strenuous, penetrating, continual discipline. Discipline has to do for the body what resurrection with Christ has done for the soul. We are raised again with Christ that we may begin, continue, and complete a great fight or sacrifice. We are to practice a large spiritual surgery. It is in vain that we profess to have risen with Christ if the body is to have its own way...."

PASTOR LIFE
SERMONS COLOSSIANS
by Several Pastors

A S PEAKE
The Expositor's Greek Testament
on Colossians (1903)

James Rosscup writes that this is "One of the older, much-used commentaries, which offers considerable help on Greek words, grammar, background etc. and will prove rather contributive, consulted along with newer and longer studies." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos)

JOHN PIPER
Sermons on Colossians

PLYMOUTH BRETHREN
Writings
on Colossians
(Who Are They and What do they Believe?)

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY
on Colossians (1892)
Various Authors
Interesting Resource

PULPIT COMMENTARY
on Colossians (1895)
G C Findlay

Note: The Expositions of each chapter also have the homilies -- you have to scroll down the page to find them.

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE
The Epistle to the Colossians

A. T. ROBERTSON
The Epistle to the Colossians
(Paul and the Intellectuals - The Stone Lectures for 1926)

A. T. ROBERTSON'S WORD PICTURES
Emphasis on Greek Word Study
on Colossians

GIL RUGH
Sermons on Colossians

ROB SALVATO
Sermons on Colossians

CHARLES SIMEON
Sermons on Colossians

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better)

CHUCK SMITH
Sermons Notes
Colossians

C. H. SPURGEON
All of His Sermons on Colossians

C. H. SPURGEON
Devotionals

C. H. SPURGEON
Exposition on Colossians
Click each chapter for assorted notes

RAY STEDMAN
Expository Studies on Colossians

THIRD MILLENNIUM
Colossians

Colossians 1

Colossians 2

Colossians 3

Colossians 4

BOB UTLEY
Commentary on Colossians
Note: Amillennial

TODAY IN THE WORD
Devotionals on Colossians
Moody Bible Institute
Note: Click chapter for multiple entries

TODAY'S WORD
Devotional Commentary on Colossians
Grant Richison

MARVIN VINCENT
NT Word Studies on Colossians
Emphasis on Greek Word Study

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DISCLAIMER: Before you "go to the commentaries" go to the Scriptures and study them inductively (Click 3 part overview of how to do Inductive Bible Study) in dependence on your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus promised would guide us into all the truth (John 16:13). Remember that Scripture is always the best commentary on Scripture. Any commentary, even those by the most conservative and orthodox teacher/preachers cannot help but have at least some bias of the expositor based upon his training and experience. Therefore the inclusion of specific links does not indicate that we agree with every comment. We have made a sincere effort to select only the most conservative, "bibliocentric" commentaries. Should you discover some commentary or sermon you feel may not be orthodox, please email your concern. I have removed several links in response to concerns by discerning readers. I recommend that your priority be a steady intake of solid Biblical food so that with practice you will have your spiritual senses trained to discern good from evil (Heb 5:14-note).