Putting Christ First: Rooted, Built & Established: Colossians 2:4-7

February 27th, 2017

Putting Christ First: Rooted, Built, & Established

Colossians 2:4-7

Paul’s Concern (v. 4-5)

  • Paul’s reason for laying out his love and ministry for the Church is to fight against:

    • False teachings

      • Pithanologia: “arguments that sound reasonable”

        • But are not rooted in the truth of Christ
      • False allegations
        • Against Paul as a minister of the Gospel

 

The Keep Walking (v. 6-7)

  • Since we have received Jesus as:

    • Christ: Savior
    • Lord: King
  • We need to live out that reality
  • We live this out by being:
    • Rooted in Christ

      • A horticultural metaphor
      • Like a tree needs to be rooted deeply in the soil
        • We need to be rooted deeply in the person of Jesus in order to grow
      • Built up in Christ
        • A construction metaphor
        • Adding to the firm foundation that has been laid
          • Both the foundation and what is built upon it is centered in Jesus Himself (1 Cor. 3:10-15)
        • Established in the faith
          • A legal metaphor
          • Like an argument with solid reasoning
            • Unlike the false teaching which merely sounds reasonable
          • All these metaphors are passive
            • Meaning that it is God who is doing the work in us
            • Our faith is built upon the person of Jesus
          • And since this all comes as a gift
            • It should lead us to thanksgiving

 

So What?

  • Who we are is based in what and who we believe
  • Our lives need to be found and defined in Jesus
  • Are we rooted, built up, and established in Him?

 

Meditation Verse: Colossians 2:6-7

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Putting Christ First, The New Age. Colossians 1:21-23

February 6th, 2017

Putting Christ First: Christ, The New Age

Colossians 1:21-23

Out with the Old (v. 21)

  • Paul describes our state before Jesus

    • Alienate from God: Our standing
    • With our minds against God: Our thinking
    • Practicing evil: Our actions
  • Paul connects evil actions with a hubris on our thinking
    • Presuming that we know better than God

 

Enter the New (v. 22-23)

  • Through His sacrifice, Jesus ushered in a new age

    • Marked by reconciliation
  • In which we are declared:
    • Holy: Set apart for God’s use
    • Blameless: Like the Old Testament sacrifices
    • Above reproach: Legally innocent
    • Not by our own merits, but by Christ’s work
  • This declaration has a future-focused undertone
    • It is something started on the Cross
    • And something that Christ is working out in us even now
      • Thus, the call to continue in the truth of the Gospel
    • So that, when we stand before His Father, we will have in it fullness (Phil. 1:6)
  • The work of Jesus has ushered in the Messianic era
    • Marked by holiness, righteousness, and truth
  • But, we await the full culmination of this new age
    • Which will take place when Christ returns

 

Putting the Pieces Together

  • Because Jesus is lord of all (v. 15-20)
  • We can have confidence that God’s rescue mission (v. 13-14) will be successful
  • Ushering us into the Messianic Age (v. 21-23)

 

 

So What?

  • Have you trusted in Jesus’ work of reconciliation?

    • Having peace with God
  • Are we letting Him transform us now?
    • Preparing us for eternity with Him

Meditation Verse: Colossians 1:22

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