Read Colossians 1:12-14
I. Christ the Redeemer. Paul talks about giving joyful thanks to the Father. In our Sunday School material Paul talks about the Father qualifying his readers to share in the inheritance. He also mentions how the readers have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and have redemption through Jesus.
- Joyful thanksgiving. Notice in vss. 12-14 of our Sunday School material that joyful thanksgiving is given for being qualified to share in the inheritance. First, believers should be known for joyful thanksgiving.
There are too many sad believers. No matter how bad thing are, they could have been worse, and they are going to get better.
Second, believers are qualified to receive an inheritance. Our inheritance includes the many blessings that we experience now and those we will experience in the future.
Thank God our hope is not in the things of the world. Our hope is in what God has for us and the confidence that no one can take what God has designated for us.
Third, it is important to remember that we are qualified because of Christ, not because of our own righteous living. No matter how much we go to church, avoided the vices of this world, and even give ourselves to charitable service, without Christ, we would be nothing.
Thus, we never gain bragging rights. Let’s demonstrate a joyful thanksgiving for being inheritors of many blessings through Christ.
Read Colossians 1:15-17
II. Christ the Sovereign. Paul goes on to talk about the uniqueness of Jesus in our Sunday School material. The Son is the image of the invisible God. In Him all things were created. In Him all things are held together.
- The supremacy of Jesus. Notice in vss. 15-17 that Jesus is supreme. He is the creator, above all things, and all things are for Him. On one hand, there is a type of fundamentalism that is harmful.
Christians can take a strong stand on things that are not really worth the trouble and can cause more harm than good. For example, there are those who promote the King James Version of the Bible being the only version.
Others are fanatic defenders of a certain dress code and song “play list” for worship. On the other hand, there are certain things that even the most liberal Christian must take a stand for.
On this list is the supremacy of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not just another Bible character. Jesus is above all other characters except the Father and the Holy Spirit, in which case, He is equal with them.
Let’s live like we believe that Jesus is supreme. More important than arguing with other religions about the supremacy of Jesus is our living like Jesus is supreme. Such living should be known for obeying God’s chief commands to love Him and others, as we love ourselves.
Read Colossians 1:18-23
III. Christ the Head. In our Sunday School material Paul talks about Jesus being the head of the body, the Church. He is supreme in everything. He has performed a marvelous ministry or reconciliation. For those who stay with the faith, there is holy status.
- Jesus, the great head of the Church. Notice in vs. 18 of our Sunday School material that Jesus is the head of the Church. On one hand, especially Black Baptist churches do well to have a human Pastor to feed and lead the church. But on the other hand, such Pastors are under the headship of Jesus.
To say that Jesus is the head is to say that He is the ultimate leader and He is the one who looks out for the wellbeing of the body. Since Jesus is the head, we should strive to be best body that we can be.
Key issues in being a great body are to study and obey God’s word with faith in God and love for others. Let’s work on being a great body for Jesus, the great head of the Church.
- Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation. Notice in vss. 19-22 that Jesus had and has a ministry of reconciliation - a ministry of making peace between those who were otherwise enemies. On Calvary, we see a great act of reconciliation.
God, the Father, in His justice, required death as a payment for the sins of humanity. Humanity yearned for at least the blessings of God, if not fellowship with God. But they could not enjoy either because of the wages of their sins.
Jesus, the great reconciler, satisfies both sides. Jesus’ death satisfied the Father’s concern with justice. And His death built a bridge from sinful humanity to holy God.
Consequently, we should be so thankful for being benefactors of this reconciliation ministry of Jesus that we share it with others - help others get saved, evangelism. Let’s work on appreciating Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation so much that we share it with others.
- Continuing in the faith. Notice in vss. 21-23 that there is an expectation that people would go from being an enemy of God, in mind and behavior, to living like those who are continuing in the faith (i.e., in mind and behavior).
It would be inconsistent with the rest of the Bible to say that if a person doesn’t live right then they loose their salvation. But we can say that if there is not struggle to live right then one is not saved and was never saved.
The Holy Spirit indwells every believer and urges us to continue in the faith. That is, to continue to learn and obey His will with the confidence that God will take care of His own. Let’s continue in the faith.
- Sharing the Gospel. Notice in vs. 24 of our Sunday School material that Paul was committed to spreading the Gospel. In like manner, every believer should be committed to spreading the Gospel.
“Yes,” we should live in such a way that people see that there is something different about us. But we should also learn to open our mouths and share the “Plan of Salvation” with our testimonies.
Let’s work on spreading the Gospel with both our life styles and our sharing the Gospel with our testimonies. Every servant of God, every believer, has this on his or her job description - preachers, deacons, choir members, etc.
Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we are continuing in the faith. God has much for those who obey His will.Please click here to let us know, if this has been quality and helpful information for you (i.e., make sure you let us know the name of the article). Feel free to share your questions and comments about the article as well.