Do you see the repeated words/phrases I highlighted in this text? When you study the Bible inductively it is crucial to look (observe) repeated words. It takes a little practice, but over time you will begin to see the cream of key repeated words rise to the top of your passage. I will always remember my fourth grade teacher sharing a story from her childhood growing up on a farm in a rural town. After the cows were milked, she would wait patiently for the cream to rise to the top. Mrs. Sanford (I can envision her head of red hair to this day!), would skim off and put some of that incredibly sweet cream into her mouth for a tasty treat.
God’s Word is so much more sweet than any by-product of fresh milk. We shudder today to think of ingesting such a cholesterol-laden morsel, don’t we? The Bible, on the other hand, is both life and health to our soul. It doesn’t way us down with the type of fat deposits that are detrimental to our health.
Take a bite out of this text today. See Christ! He is the center of the book of Colossians and the whole of Scripture! Take out a notebook and make a list of what you learn from every reference to Jesus Christ and the tiny, but enriching word, ALL.
(Colossians 1:15–20 (NASB95)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,
20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.