Putting Christ First: Christ our new Exodus. Colassians 1:13-14

January 23rd, 2017

Putting Christ First: Christ, Our New Exodus

Colossians 1:13-14

Teaching Tools

  • Throughout history, people of faith have used various tools to teach and remember valuable truths

    • Songs
    • Creeds
    • Stories
  • Paul utilizes some of these tools when speaking to the Colossians
    • Especially important because they did not personally know each other
  • Paul describes God’s work in Christ in 3 ways which would have been familiar to his audience:
    • A New Exodus (v. 13-14)
    • A New Creation (v. 15-20)
    • A New Age (v. 21-23a)
      • Based upon prophetic promises

 

The New Exodus (v. 13-14)

  • Paul describes the work of God in Christ as deliverance

    • God has delivered us from the ‘domain of darkness’

      • Exousia: Authority, power

        • Not understood as a physical territory, but rather as a spiritual bondage
      • Like God delivered the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt
    • God not only frees us from bondage, but also transfers us to a new type of authority
      • “He transferred [us] to His Son’s kingdom of love.” (v. 13b)
      • One ruled by love
      • One ruled by His Son
        • God’s rescue agent
      • Again, not understood as a physical territory, but rather as a spiritual reality
      • Just like Israel was not called to just leave Egypt, but was called to the Promised Land as an inheritance (see v. 12)

 

So What?

  • In Christ, we have been rescued from our slavery to sin

    • And grants us entrance into a new kingdom
    • Where Jesus reigns in love
  • Have you accepted this rescue mission?
  • And are we living in the reality of Jesus as king?

Meditation Verse: Colossians 1:13-14

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