BEREAN PICTORIAL CHARTS
This epistle is a companion to the epistle to the Ephesians. It traverses the same ground so far as the revelation of the mystery is concerned, but lays more stress upon the Headship of Christ, and devotes its central member to a solemn note of warning: "Beware" (Col 2:8).
This note of warning speaks of three items, namely, philosophy, tradition and rudiments. We have accordingly adopted the triangular danger sign in this chart. Nailed to the post and "blotted our" will be seen those items enumerated in Col. 2:14-17. While Colossians corresponds mainly with Ephesians, it also indicates the glorious encouragement the reader - like the reader of Philippians - has for pressing on to "perfection." This we have indicated, using the desire of Paul (Col. 1:28), and the prayer of Epaphras (Col. 4:12) to draw attention to the fact that our experimental "presentation," through heeding the warning and teaching of the Apostle, is but our realization and standing upon the completeness that is already ours in Christ (Col. 1:22, 2:10).
There are three hidden things in Colossians, and in the actual Chart used at Bible meetings the centre of the triangle contained the word "Hope" and two rectangular panels contained the words "Riches" and "Glory." These panels were then removed, revealing underneath three hidden things:-
We have been obliged to resort to the expedient of partly removing these panels - and trust the reader will understand.
The secret of Colossians is that the believer is so complete or "filled full" in Christ, that he has no room for either philosophy, tradition, rudiments, ordinances or observances, but finds that for all thing “Christ is all and in all”.
CHARLES H. WELCH.