Tag: Colossians 1
Scripture reading for September 7th: Colossians 1
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Colossians 1:24-27 “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the Church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness–the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Paul rejoiced as he suffered in jail for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He rejoiced that he had the privilege to serve Christ’s body, the Church, through preaching the full word of God and suffering in his flesh! He had held nothing back so that their faith would rest on the firm foundation of God’s word and the faith that came from hearing it. There was a mystery that had been hidden from other generations and the Jews that God now revealed to all those “saints” who trusted in Christ. This “mystery” was that Christ Jesus would live in each believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit and revealing the glory of Christ in ever increasing measure.
Observations for over-comers: We are the temple of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, who indwells us and sets us apart to enjoy His presence and glory forever! “I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all My delight.” (Psalm 16:2-3)
Scripture reading for September 8th: Colossians 1
Paul wrote a letter to the church at Colosse to counter some false teachers that had come into the church and were adding to the gospel human traditions and philosophy. They were also promoting the worship of angels. Paul’s emphasis was on correct doctrine concerning the supremacy of Christ and proper Christian conduct and character.
“He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17) One of the areas that Satan always attacks is the truth of God as creator of all things. We see this in the intellectual world of our present culture. Paul exalted Christ as the One God who created all things and who holds all things together! He exalted Him as the creator of angels and all authority, therefore supreme over all authority.
“And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:18-20) Not only is Christ the creator, but He is also the head of the Church. He earned this position by His death on behalf of sinners and His resurrection to become the firstborn back from death! It is only through His blood that we are saved! Christ is supreme!