Archive for December 2nd, 2017

Colossians 1

Colossians 1 has Paul writing to the church at Colossae.  As with other churches, Paul is connected with the leaders on the ground and in this church, it was Epaphras.  Paul got the report on the church and says “we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven”.  These Christ Followers are focused on loving each other and living in the light of the future – eternal life that will be lived out in heaven.  Forever is a very long time, and while we live it may seem like a long way out, in reality our day before God’s judgment seat to determine where we will spend forever will be upon us sooner than later.

Paul shows us how to pray for each other and sets the example of the power we have through prayer.  “We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light”.  Paul specifically asked without ceasing for these things for the church:

  • may be filled with the knowledge of his will
  • spiritual wisdom and understanding
  • walk in a manner worthy of the Lord
  • fully pleasing to him
  • bearing fruit in every good work
  • increasing in the knowledge of God
  • strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might
  • for all endurance and patience with joy
  • giving thanks to the Father
  • share in the inheritance of the saints in light

That is quite a list of things Paul wants Christ Followers to live and obey.  We need to pray this for others in our patch, and focus on being this kind of follower of the Master.

Why should we put so much focus on Jesus?  Paul reminds us of God’s plan for the world through Christ.  “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross”.  Jesus is God’s answer to the sorry state of mankind and our sin.  Jesus was there in the beginning and has been part of history since the beginning of time.  And Jesus is the only answer to our need for reconciliation to the Father because of our sin – which happened when He carried those sins and bore them on the Cross.

What’s the outcome of us putting our faith in Christ?  “He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed”.  Our faith in Christ will allow us to stand before a Holy and Righteous God at judgment as someone who is holy, blameless and above reproach – not because we are on our own merits because not one of us will be – but because of what Christ did for us.  Faith is the solution to our sin problem.  We need to find faith, and then continue in it being stable and steadfast as Christ Followers who walk daily in obedience to the gospel Scripture gives us.  God’s given us an amazing opportunity to be free for eternity from our sin, but it requires us to make Jesus Savior and Lord in our life! 

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