Colossians 2:2

"- that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of the understanding, to the full knowledge of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ -"

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  In Colossians 2:2, Paul, the author of this epistle, names God, the Father, & Christ in such a way that there can be no speculation that he is talking about three beings, or persons. Paul , one of the most knowledgeable and respected scriptural scholars of his time, knew that Jesus was the Christ, Messiah. He also knew, by way of Isaiah 61:1-3, and similar verses of Scripture, that the Messiah was God (Jehovah). We find in 2Co 13:14 the following listing of persons, while in this verse we find the second listing:
    Jesus Christ & God & the Holy Spirit (2Co 13:14)
    God & the Father & Christ. (Col 2:2)
Comparing the listings in both verses we see that Paul, knowing Jesus is God, also labels the Father as God in 2Co 13:14; while in Col 2:2, he labels the Holy Spirit as God. We see from Paul's belief & teaching that he names the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as God; and, at the same time he speaks of them as three equal and distinct Persons and recognizes each as God. This is part of " the mystery of God " he is referring to in Col 2:2.

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Colossians 2:2
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