Vincent Word Studies - Colossians 2:5 - 2:5

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Order (τάξιν)

Or orderly array. A military metaphor, quite possibly suggested by Paul's intercourse with the soldiers in his confinement. See on Phi 1:13.

Steadfastness (στερέωμα)

Only here in the New Testament. See on 1Pe 5:9. The kindred adjective στερεός solid, occurs 2Ti 2:19; Heb 5:12; 1Pe 5:9; and the verb στερεόω to make solid, Act 3:7; Act 16:5. The military metaphor is continued. Faith is represented as a host solidly drawn up: your solid front, close phalanx. The verb is found in this sense in the Apocrypha, 1 Macc. 10:50, “ἐστερέωσε τὸν πόλεμον, he solidified the battle; massed his lines. Compare Eze 13:5, where the noun has the sense of stronghold: “They stood not ἐν στερέωματι in the stronghold.” So Psa 17:2, “The Lord is my strength;” stronghold or bulwark. The firmament, Gen 1:6; Eze 1:22. In Est 9:22, of the confirmation of a letter.