A Translators Handbook on Paul's Letters to the Colossians by Robert G. Bratcher

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If one translates by means of the physical death of his Son as "because his Son really died," this might suggest only a reason which prompted God to do something, not the means by which God effected a particular result. " (In order) to bring you ... " Those that make Christ the subject of "he reconciled," also make him the subject of "to present" and take "before him," as a reference to God. 27). Most translators take the infinitive to express purpose, as do RSV and TEV, in order to; JB, however, takes it to represent result.

See the note in TNT. It seems likely that the two passives hid and revealed imply God as the actor: he hid (in the past) and he has revealed (now). For his people see l. 2. " In a number of languages, there is simply no equivalent for ages. One can, of course, describe ages as "successive long periods of time," but in this context such an expression is not necessary. 27 God's plan is to make known his secret this rich and glorious secret which he peoples. And the secret is that Christ means that you will share in the glory to his people, has for all is in you, which of God.

If taken as subject, the rendition of it must somehow personify what is, linguistically, an abstract concept, "all the fullness" (of God), which may be quite difficult. To have, as RSV does, "in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell," is not very satisfying. 9). ) There are extensive discussions of the word "fullness" in commentaries on Colossians and Ephesians. 9), undiminished, undiluted, and unshared with any "intermediaries" between God and creation. It seems preferable to say "God's full nature lives/ dwells in him" than to say "God in his fullness dwells in him" (compare TNT Brc FrCL) , as though the person of God were exhausted by the incarnation.

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