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Colossians & Philemon Verse by Verse

While the apostle Paul was in prison, he wrote to the Colossian Christians to help them maintain their focus on the lordship of Jesus against the claims of false teachers that had snuck in among them. At the same time as he sent this letter to the wider church, he also sent a short letter to his friend and coworker Philemon that displays Paul’s masterful skill at conflict resolution.

In Colossians & Philemon Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne carefully and accessibly makes sense of these two important letters, while at the same time drawing on his years of scholarly research on the New Testament. The result is a clear exposition of Colossians and Philemon, explaining what they meant in their first-century setting and what they mean today.

Praise for Colossians & Philemon Verse by Verse

This commentary is ideal for pastors and Bible study leaders as it pays close attention to the text without getting lost in technical details. It will be a wonderful resource for preachers and Bible study leaders, and for help in daily Bible reading.

—Ray Van Neste, Professor of Biblical Studies, Director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University

A unique combination of scholarship and practical experience makes this volume an invaluable resource for all students of God’s word, and especially those who are called to preach and teach.

—H. Wayne Johnson, Associate Academic Dean and associate professor of pastoral theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

The Osborne New Testament Commentaries

Lexham Press is proud to announce a New Testament commentary series from respected biblical scholar Grant R. Osborne. His seminal work, The Hermeneutical Spiral, has become a standard for biblical interpretation, and as a culmination of his life’s ministry, he's bringing his academic acumen to an accessible, application-focused commentary.

The Osborne New Testament Commentaries interpret Scripture verse by verse, bridging the gap between scholarship and the Church. This set of commentaries is for people seeking a straightforward explanation of the text in its context, avoiding either oversimplification or technical complexity. Osborne brings out the riches of the New Testament, making each book accessible for pastors and all who consider themselves students of Scripture.

Learn more about the other titles in this series.


Praise for the Osborne New Testament Commentaries

With this new series, readers will have before them what we—his students—experienced in all of Professor Osborne's classes: patient regard for every word in the text, exegetical finesse, a preference for an eclectic resolution to the options facing the interpreter, a sensitivity to theological questions, and most of all a reverence for God's word.

—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor in New Testament, Northern Seminary

The Osborne New Testament Commentaries draw from the deep well of a lifetime of serious study and teaching. They present significant interpretive insights in a highly accessible, spiritually nurturing format. This is a tremendous resource that will serve a new generation of Bible readers well for years to come. Highly recommended!

—Andreas J. Kӧstenberger, Founder of Biblical Foundations™, senior research professor of New Testament & biblical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Top Highlights

“the character of the witness itself, urging the believers to ‘let your conversation be always full of grace.” (Page 134)

“In Christian hope I am more certain about my ultimate future than I am about my complicated present!” (Page 20)

“Our discussions and even our small talk with ‘outsiders’ ought to be carefully crafted to draw people to ourselves—and through us to the God who has saved us and wants to save them too.” (Page 135)

“In these instances ‘firstborn’ connotes preeminence and supremacy” (Page 36)

“There can be no doubt that the primary theme in this letter is the lordship of Christ” (Page 12)


  • Colossians
    • Introduction to Colossians
    • Greeting and Prologue: The Power of the Gospel in the Church
    • The Preeminence of Christ in Christian Doctrine
    • The Preeminence of Christ in Christian Living
    • Concluding Thoughts
  • Philemon
    • Introduction to Philemon
    • Letter Opening
    • The Love and Faith of Philemon
    • Letter Body
    • Letter Closing

Product Details

  • Title: Colossians & Philemon Verse by Verse
  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Page Count: 220
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5.5x8.5
  • ISBN: 9781577997368

About Grant R. Osborne

Grant R. Osborne (1942–2018) was professor emeritus of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, and commentaries on Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Romans (IVP New Testament Commentary), Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), and John, James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary). He has also taught at Winnipeg Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen, and has pastored churches in Ohio and Illinois.

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  1. Randy



    Easy reading. Easy to understand. You can tell they've done their homework. One of the principles I use when evaluating commentaries, is whether they're faithful to what the Bible actually says, or whether they're laboring to come up with an interpretive compromise that doesn't offend the worldly culture of our day (Jesus rebuked the Scribes and Pharisees for setting aside the true meaning of Scripture, in favor of their man-made traditions). For this reason, I always check what they say about passages that define the roles of men and women in the church and marriage (e.g. 1 Corinthians 14:33-35; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 1 Peter 3:1-5, etc.). This volume on Colossians 3, starts right off with feminist objections to a role of submission for women, citing Galatians 3:28, and stating there's a strong argument to be made for the role of submission to be abolished for wives. Eventually, the author reluctantly acknowledges a diminished role of authority for husbands, but only after warning husbands and laboring greatly to water-down the meaning to the satisfaction of feminists.
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