Colossians 1:13-29, June 13, 2019
Review, Preeminence, First Born, Mystery, Mature
Once again, “Why Colossians?” Paul wrote this letter to the church of Colossae to challenge them (and us) to a greater devotion to Jesus. There is only one subject in Colossians – Jesus. He writes for the purpose of making clear in great detail Jesus is sovereign over all of creation and the church. In doing so he also warns against any heresies attacking the preeminence of Jesus.
1:9 Foundation of a Worthy Walk. Paul and Timothy’s intercessory prayer for the members of the church at Colossae asking God to give them knowledge of His will. That they be filled with wisdom and understanding. Wisdom to know what they/we should believe and understanding to know how they/we should behave.
1:10 Bearing Fruit. We know the fruit – love, joy, peace; patience, kindness, goodness; faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, all from God and for the glory of God.
1:11 Endurance, Patience. Livelong process, endurance of things imposed by man and patience – literally wrath that is put away. Both resulting in humble endurance of trials “with joy.”
1:12-13 Rescued – Joyful Thanks. Kingdom of light –
John 1:9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
And God is light:
1 John 1:5b God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.
That light is love.
1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1:13-14 Redemption. How do we as Christians end up in the Kingdom of Jesus? Paul is stating what he knows as a fact we have redemption and forgiveness of sins if we accept the gift described in Romans 10:9-10.
1:15a Christ Revealed. Christ is the image of the invisible God and He represents and manifests God to the world. The Son explains the Father – What is God like? Look at Jesus and you will see what God is like. Jesus explains this in John 14:7-10 in a conversation with Phillip
7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?
1:15b First-born Over All Creation. First born, not first created, of all creation. Describes His position, not His birth or His beginning.
1:16-17 Jesus – Lord or King of all creation. He is clearly the originator, the architect and builder of all creation. All creation is a result of His creativity as these two verses tell us.
1:18 The Declaration of Preeminence. He is the Creator-Redeemer and is preeminent over the realms of men and of angels.. Definitions of eminence and preeminence
Christ is preeminent every day. Every single day. All the time. In everything. Everything. In all things He is preeminent. As Christians – do our lives reflect this truth?
1:19-20 God in Christ and Christ is in us. He dwells in all His fullness meaning the total essence of His deity. Reconciliation comes from God through Christ directed to us … and eventually through us as well.
1:21-23a Believers – Past, Present, Future. Past – not only lost, but an enemy of God in our minds as well as in our actions. Present – we are reconciled by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Future – standing firm in the faith, in the hope of the gospel we will be in heaven without blemish.
1:23b Paul as Minister of the Gospel. As a minister of the gospel he wanted the truth to be know.
1:24-27 Minister to the Church. The word of God, Jesus the Christ, His gospel is the mystery that is revealed to believers everywhere and indwells within them. Jews and Gentiles one in Christ.
1:28-29 Mature/Complete in Christ. Paul lived to present the gospel of Jesus, even while weak and in jail. In a weakened state God worked though him.