Colossians

Colossians 2

Kyle Souther

  • Colossians 2:6 through Colossians 2:7 (NIV) So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.


Christ needs to be our guiding compass... Period. As soon as we let anything else begin to warp our way of thinking it will lead us in a direction we should not go. I think that I don't take the time often enough to re-evaluate my priorities and keep my "head in the game".  Without being purposeful about staying rooted in Christ, I find myself distracted and making to many decisions on my own.

 

As we all know when we start to let that happen it can only lead to bad things all around. Put god first...



Colossians 1

  • Colossians 1:1,23 (TMNT) 1I, Paul, have been sent on special assignment by Christ as part of God’s master plan...There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message.


I think that too often we have the view that the Bible is a book of exceptions - exceptional people doing exceptional things for God - but the truth is it is about ordinary, everyday people who chose to let God work through them.  Paul was one such person.  He was a person like you and me but what he latched on to is something you and I need to latch on to - he understood and acted on the knowledge that God had called him to an assignment.   He was part of God's master plan and his part was to be a messenger of The Message to the non-jews. 

What is your part? 
Who are you to be a messenger to? 
Do you understand and act on the knowledge that you are called by God and commissioned with a special assignment? 

It is time for us to all act on that.


  • Colossians 1:10 through Colossians 1:12 (TMNT) We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

COLOSSIANS

by Eugene Petersen

Hardly anyone who hears the full story of Jesus and learns the true facts of his life and teaching, crucifixion and resurrection, walks away with a shrug of the shoulders, dismissing him as unimportant. People ignorant of the story or misinformed about it, of course, regularly dismiss him. But with few exceptions, the others know instinctively that they are dealing with a most remarkable greatness.

But it is quite common for those who consider him truly important to include others who seem to be equally important in his company—Buddha, Moses, Socrates, and Muhammad for a historical start, along with some personal favorites. For these people, Jesus is important, but not central; his prestige is considerable, but he is not preeminent.

The Christians in the town of Colosse, or at least some of them, seem to have been taking this line. For them, cosmic forces of one sort or another were getting equal billing with Jesus. Paul writes to them in an attempt to restore Jesus, the Messiah, to the center of their lives.

The way he makes his argument is as significant as the argument he makes. Claims for the uniqueness of Jesus are common enough. But such claims about Jesus are frequently made with an arrogance that is completely incompatible with Jesus himself. Sometimes the claims are enforced with violence.

But Paul, although unswervingly confident in the conviction that Christ occupies the center of creation and salvation without peers, is not arrogant. And he is certainly not violent. He argues from a position of rooted humility. He writes with the energies of most considerate love. He exhibits again what Christians have come to appreciate so much in Paul—the wedding of a brilliant and uncompromising intellect with a heart that is warmly and wonderfully kind.