“God and Jesus in Us”
- Paul and Timothy in this letter to the faithful at Colosse are giving them encouragement as I wish to do to you this morning.
- Paul’s letter starts like this…
- Verse 3…We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
- Then Paul lets the church know that he and Timothy are “… praying always for you,”
- Verse 4, Paul commends (praises) the church for their “faith in Christ Jesus,”
- 4b) “…the love which you have to all saints.” A love for the saints is visual proof of faith in Christ Jesus.
- Verse 5… For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; (The gospel meaning… the good news of victory in battle, Jesus victory of Satan, sin, and death.)
- Verse 6…Paul expounds on this gospel here by explaining to the church that it is not for a certain group of people (God’s peculiar people) but rather to the whole world (all people).
- Verse 7…lets the church know that he and Timothy are supportive of their pastor/minister/founder of the church at Colosse.
- Very important to notice here in all the apostle’s writing, an here in particular Paul’s writing to the church at Colosse that Jesus is the basis of what a church is. He is the center of our core. He is the head of the church. Jesus pulls all people to God and secures them.
- Jesus is the “glue” that holds us together literally. (I will explain this later)
I. Christ Above All Things
A) We need to be filled with knowledge
- Colossians 1:9…For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you,
- God’s desire for His people is to pray for one another. Paul says here “do not cease (stop) praying for fellow brethren.”
- Our prayers are carried to whom? Jesus Christ. Then Jesus gives our prayers to God.
- Note Paul’s desire here in verse 9b…and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
- How can we be “filled with the knowledge of his (God’s) will?”
- By reading God’s word (The Bible). By coming to church to hear the man of God speak to us through His Word.
- The word “knowledge” in the Greek is “epignōsis.” It means the same as our English word except with an intense addition to the meaning. An intimate knowledge of God’s word that takes root in your heart.
B) Wisdom and Spiritual Understanding
- Wisdom- the ability to accumulate and organize the principles from God’s Word.
- Spiritual understanding – The application of those principles to daily living.
- Can you name some “Basic Principles” of God’s Word? Here are a few…
- God is Holy and demands us to be holy too.
- Jesus is God’s Son and through Him we can have eternal life.
- God has always required a blood sacrifice to cover/remove sin.
- Man has always struggled with sin
- The enemy of God and His people is Satan.
- Resist the devil and He will flee from you.
C) Walk worthy of the Lord
- Verse 10) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord…This is a key N.T. concept which Paul preaches to the church at Colosse. It is for us believers to walk (live) in a way that lets others know that we belong to Jesus. Jesus is part of us, lives in us, and we do as our Lord demands.
- How are we to “walk (live)?”
- “… unto all pleasing, Pleasing Jesus our Lord in everything we say and do.
- “.. being fruitful in every good work,’ By living right we will cause others to do the same, and our work will be good and to the benefit of all.
- “… and increasing in the knowledge of God; Knowledge of God’s word increases our growth (Or rather it should increase). If there is no increase in spiritual growth it is because there is a lack of understanding.
- Verse 11) Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,
- “…unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; This is a spiritual strength for those who submit to God’s word, study it, and obey it’s commands. The words “patience” and “longsuffering” refer to the attitude a person has during the trials (testing) in your life. Patience– enduring difficult circumstances. Longsuffering– enduring difficult people. The big factor in our trials/tests should be the fact that Paul (inspired of God) writes…with joyfulness. WOW!
- Mentioned before Paul 12) Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: The inheritance here is the “knowledge” the saints (children of God) share of the “light (God’s word).”
- 13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: We used to be controlled by “the power of darkness (Satan)” but Jesus has “delivered us from” the power of darkness.
- A “kingdom” is a group of people ruled by a king.
- We as Christians are ruled by “the King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”
- Once again it is all about God and His Son “Jesus”
II. Jesus Is The Glue That Holds Us Together
A) He (Jesus) is our Redeemer
- Look now into Colossians 1:14 (KJV) …In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
- “His blood” is what holds us together with God. Without Jesus blood as that ultimate sacrifice on the cross, there is no reconciliation with God, no forgiveness from God, no redemption of His saints.
B) He (Jesus) is the image of God
- Colossians 1:15 (KJV) …Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
- God made Jesus in His own image.
- God made man in His own image.
- When we see the term “the firstborn” in the Bible it usually refers to chronological order, meaning the first born baby of the parents.
- The word mostly refers to preeminence in position, or rank.
- So this verse is saying that Christ is the “firstborn” of all creation and is lifted up in rank above all created things (creature).
C) All things were made for Jesus
- As a parent, everything I do is for my son. I go to work to put food on the table, clothes on his back, roof over his head. I get that from my Father in Heaven.
- Colossians 1:16 (KJV)…For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
- This is what Paul is saying…
- For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, Jesus (As God) created every single solitary thing in heaven.
- “…and that are in earth,” Jesus as God created every single solitary thing that is on the earth (John 1:1).
- “…visible and invisible,” Jesus created everything that you see and everything that you don’t see. (clouds, mountains, trees, wind, spirits, etc.)
- “… whether they be thrones,” Jesus even made the angels and the different ranks of angels including the fallen angels. Since He is the creator, He (Jesus) is superior to them.
- “… or dominions, or principalities, or powers:” Jesus as God also instituted the powers of darkness, powers of the angels, powers in this world as kings and presidents, etc.
- “…all things were created by him, and for him: Now get this… “ALL” things were created by Jesus as God and for His benefit, His enjoyment, His pleasure, and for His purpose.
D) The Cross, Jesus Stamp In Us
- When you hear the name Jesus, you can’t help but think of the cross for which He died and shed His precious blood.
- It is this cross that reminds us of Jesus the Christ who gave us eternal life, hope, and victory over death.
- The cross also separates Jesus Christ from all the false messiahs that the Jews created.
- Let us look at the “Cross” of Christ in us…
- Matthew 10:38 (KJV)…And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Jesus here is demanding total commitment of His disciples (All believers). Willing to die for the cause of Christ. This verse is the first time Jesus spoke of the cross to His disciples. This means with all your “body and soul” we are to show Christ to others. If you cannot do it, then you are not worth calling Jesus your Lord, because He is not and you would be a liar. The devil is the father of all lies.
- Matthew 16:24 (KJV)…Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. When we take up our cross it means to sacrifice your body and everything within you to be a follower of Christ.
- It is all about Jesus Christ, the creator of us, who lives within us (The believers) and the future that we have to be married to Him.
- How important is the cross in all of this? This is sooo COOL!
- Has anyone here today heard the word “Laminin?” I just heard it this week.
- After today you won’t forget it.
- The “Smart News” website informs us of the fact that we have 37.2 trillion cells in our bodies.
- Many different shapes and sizes with each one having a different function in our body.
- Keep in mind that Christ being God created us.
- Medical examiners will tell you this about Laminin… “Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structure scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue.”
- Laminins are what hold us together literally. Laminin is a cell adhesion molecule. Laminin holds each cell of our bodies together.
- Without Laminin, our bodies would fall apart.
- Look at what Laminin looks like and you will understand that Christ the Creator has put His stamp on His creation.
- Christ is the glue that holds us together with God.
- It is like the rebar reinforcement in concrete. With rebar in concrete, it will eventually fall apart
- Without Christ we fall apart, we are not together with God.
- Christ is the Laminin (Glue) of the church.
- I Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)…For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
- After my research on Laminin, I found that it gave new life to these two verses… Ephesians 2:16 (KJV)…And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
- Colossians 1:20 (KJV)…And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.