Colossians 1 has a major and defining theme. It states that Jesus has always been God and that he reigns supreme.
One of the things most Christians don’t realize is that Jesus has always existed. He was there during the creation and will be here at the judgment.
The Holy Spirit has been the same.
When Paul makes the statement, about Jesus reigning supreme. He’s talking about the death and resurrection of Jesus. When Jesus laid down his life, he took the curse with him.
He killed the curse that was on us all, but it wasn’t just us. We had a choice, and we chose to rebel. However, all the creatures on this planet didn’t have that choice.
In fact, the Bible states that the earn groans for his return.
In other words, our choices have affected us much more than ourselves. And when Jesus reigns supreme, the curse will be lifted and we will have freedom in him.
Colossians 1: Paul Greeting His Readers
1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
2 We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.Colossians 1:1-2
The City of Colosse was an ancient city, that stands abandoned today. Its current location is in the country of Turkey. Its major traffic ways and crossroads can spread the gospel throughout the Roman Empire.
All roads leading to Rome is proven true time and time again. I honestly think this is why God chose this time to send Jesus to die for us.
A couple of hundred years earlier and the Gospel would’ve been a lot harder to spread. But Roman roads connected people all across the world.
Now the world is at a new major crossroads for information. I’m sitting at a computer in Minneapolis writing, but anybody in the world can read this, as long as they have a computer and internet connection.
Jesus is coming back soon. The infrastructure is almost in place.
Colossians 1: Paul Gives Thanksgiving and Prays
3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people,
5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.Colossians 1:3-6
The good news that Paul talks about can only be spread so far by boat. You need good roads to do this properly, but I covered that point above.
I love that the gospel changes lives. I pray you will see the transformation that happens when someone learns about Jesus. It’s life-changing, and not just for them.
I’ve seen the spark of life ignite in a pair of dead eyes, and the joy of the lord fall on people.
All we are called to do is share Jesus, it isn’t that hard, and yet somehow we let fear take hold of us, and we stop ourselves from doing it.
I’m preaching to the choir hear, a lot of times when I post it’s something that God is convicting me of. I don’t do what he’s called me to do nearly enough. I miss opportunities to share, and I am a coward sometimes.
Other times I step out in faith, speak the gospel boldly and I see the Power of God move in a tremendous way.
I can always do better, and more. So that’s what I need to do, and I pray the same for you. God is always willing, but we’re the ones who slow him down.
Colossians 1: Strengthened With His Glorious Power
7 You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. 8 He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.Colossians 1:7-14
Colossians 1 says they learned the good news from someone named Epaphras. He was a Christian, who served with Paul.
He’s mentioned twice in Colossians and once in Philemon, but he made a tremendous impact in the early church.
These verses bring my point home from what I wrote earlier. Epaphras shared the gospel with the people of Colossae and they believed. What happened next transformed the town as people began to follow Jesus.
Colossians 1 is a reminder that we can make a difference in people’s lives, and we have the cure for the curse we all live under.
Colossians 1: Jesus Christ Reigns Supreme
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
I love these 5 verses in Colossians 1. Many Christians are oblivious to some of this truth that it states. Jesus existed before his birth and was active prior to it.
In the Old Testament, he was called the Angel of The Lord, and the verses above state that he created everything.
I think he’s much more qualified to be our savior than just a carpenter…
John 3:16 (the most famous verse ever) says God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to save us. His death and resurrection reconnected us with God.
But only if we choose him.
Why would God do that? Seems like a waste of Jesus right? Why not force everyone to love him?
I just hit the nail on the head with that last question. Love can’t be forced. Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit loved us so much, even when we keep pushing them away with our sins.
Even while we ran from them, they created a daring plan to rescue us from certain death and destruction. Jesus came, he died and was resurrected.
Colossians 1: You Were Enemies To Christ, Now You’re Reconciled
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions.
22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.Colossians 1:21-23
Colossians 1 gives us a scary thought. We all think of God as the loving being that he is (see my comments above). However, there is another part to this.
When we are full of sin, we become enemies of God. He won’t be around sin, because it’s so abhorrent to him.
When we sinned and ran from God, it sent us on the road to hell. Hell is a place people choose, not a place God sends people.
The real choice we have is to serve God or not.
All love, peace, and anything good flow from God. Without him, none of these things will ever exist. And when people choose to not serve him, they get sent to a place without these things.
Think of a world without love, peace, or goodness. I bet it’s a good description of hell.
Colossians 1 states that we must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. We need to keep clinging to God, and spreading the gospel.
Colossians 1 Paul’s Work for the Church
24 I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. 25 God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.
26 This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. 27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
28 So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.Colossians 1:24-29
Colossians 1 is about Jesus reigning supreme, and the Church spreading the gospel. Colossians 1 is also about standing firm and clinging to Jesus.
These are the basic things Christians need to remember. We have to follow Christ, we must believe in him, and we need to spread the gospel.
Sometimes I’m terrified of Judgment day because I need to do a better job of sharing the gospel. I want everyone to be in heaven.