A short post this evening to follow up on Part 1 of the second week of my Colossians study. When I left off, I was exploring the concept of Christ as mystery. The BSM study guide concludes the study of mystery with the question of what Paul's understanding of the mystery of Christ prompted him to do and helped him to understand.
I think the answer to that question is probably found in Eph. 1:10 in which God's plan includes "unite all things in him". Paul is able to see that this includes Gentiles as well as Jews. In taking the Gospel to the Gentiles, Paul was willing to go to prison and suffer persecution to try to help "all things" become united with God. In my next part, I'll take a look at what we may be able to do now with this understanding.