Three words stood out to me as I read our scriptures for study 2, “Rescue, Redemption, and Revelation.” We need all three, just like Colossians did. They didn’t think they needed the first two and looked for the third in the wrong places.
Rescue: We all need rescue from ourselves, our sins and from the powers of darkness.
Redemption through Jesus is a central belief of the Christian faith. God bought us from the power of death and hell by the Blood of Jesus Christ.
Revelation comes through the Word of God, His Holy Spirit and through Jesus Christ. While there are many books that can give us great insights, it is vain and even dangerous to seek “special knowledge” or a “new revelation” about God. All we learn and hear about God must filter through the Word of God.
Here is the location of Colossea and the map of Turkey and the surrounding area at the time of Paul.
Photo: Courtesy http://billcooperlogos.org/Publications/colphil.htm
Here is the map of the area today
Photo courtesy http://billcooperlogos.org/Publications/colphil.htm –
“Why is it appealing in our culture to treat Christ as important but not in a class by Himself?”
Here are some thoughts that stood out as I read Colossians 1:13-20…
13 For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.
-God offers safety and security in His power and through His Word. Satan is loose in the world, but has no power over us. Addictions are broken, hearts and minds are changed through the power of God.
-We are no longer in a dark place. We no longer live as we like, We are under the rule of Christ.
14 God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.
-Christianity is not a legalistic religion. People will try to point fingers and find fault as we continue our walk toward holiness and purity. But we are free because God has paid the price through His Son.
-We are not bound to our weaknesses, nor our sins. There is real freedom and power in the Blood of Christ.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.
-All that God is, all His nature, His promise and His love is found in Christ. His deity is proclaimed here and His supremacy is undeniable.
-The following scriptures also speak to God’s reflection in Christ.
Hebrews 1:3 “The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.” NLT
John 14:9, “Jesus replied, “Philip, don’t you even yet know who I am, even after all the time I have been with you? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking to see him?” NLT
16 Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see — kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him.
-Consider the great significance of creation through and for Christ. For those who believe the Bible is the Word of God, the role of Christ cannot be diminished.
17 He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together.
-Since Christ has the power to hold creation together, we can trust Him to help us in our weaknesses, to strengthen and protect us from evil.
18 Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything.
-Christ must also be first in our hearts and minds.
19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
-We see the nature of God through the actions and words of Jesus Christ. We learn about these actions and words through reading and studying the Word of God.
20 and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross.
-Since all creation is held together through the power of Christ, it is fitting that all that was lost through the fall in Eden, is found and purified through the Blood of Jesus.
From Looking Inward pg38
“Have you ever been tempted to solve your problems apart from Christ? If so, what did that look like? in what ways does Paul’s argument about the role of Jesus as Savior speak to those areas of your life you’re tempted to solve through other methods?”
From Going Forward pg 39
“Think about one or two things you have learned that you’d like to focus on in the coming week.” “Do you need to become more familiar with the basic doctrines of Christianity?”
From Seeking Help on pg 40
“Write a prayer, or simply pray one, inviting God to work on your mind and heart. Be honest about your desires and fears.”
I hope you enjoy taking part in our study of Colossians. If you find yourself in the White House, TN area during the coming weeks on a Sunday evening around 5pm, I hope you will let me know so you can join us in person as we discuss the scriptures together in my home.
Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or add to the discussion.
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