Colossians 2:5 Stedfast in Faith and Order

Colossians 2:5 (KJV)
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Some students of the Bible believe that Paul did not plant the church in Colossi. They believe he led some key members of that church to the Lord while working in Ephesus and that they returned home to plant this church.

Consider then when Paul says he is absent in the flesh but present in the spirit. He does not mean he misses them personally. He means they are of the same spirit. When he says he beholds their order and their steadfastness in the faith he means that, though he has never witnessed it personally he knows exactly what it looks like because he has seen it in like churches in other places.

  • Order refers to their practice in the church.
  • Faith refers to the doctrines they preach.
  • Steadfastness speaks of their unwavering dedication to them both.

Some people complain about tradition. I, like Apostle Paul, rejoice in tradition. It is the steadfastness of our order and faith.

Fellowship stems from these. With like order and faith we may rejoice with congregations we will never see in the flesh but share with frequently in the spirit.


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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