On Sunday at Carnmoney we were continuing to explore our ‘Living in The Real World‘ theme by considering how Jesus relationship with Scripture influenced His ability to cope with real life situations and circumstances. As a practical way of encouraging engagement with the Bible I thought it may be helpful to post a few thoughts on the book of Colossians this week. Our response to a church service can be like standing at the foot of Mount Everest on a weekly basis – we walk away saying ‘that was so challenging this morning’ but don’t ever take a step to climb! Being challenged is not enough.
Get your bible out. It took me 4 mins 45 secs to read Colossians 1:1-23. I stopped a few times to re-read a verse. Take 5 minutes and read this section of your Bible. I was encouraged by the scope of what Jesus has accomplished for me. You’ll notice words and phrases like: “all the saints, whole world, filled with knowledge, all spiritual wisdom, bearing fruit in every good work, strengthened with all power.” God in Christ has done something for us that is adequate, sufficient, enough.
There seemed to be some confusion in the Colossian Church about the effectiveness of the cross. Some people had been mislead and thought that they needed something more than a relationship with Jesus to be “fully spiritual” or “fully knowledgeable”. Paul is driving home the truth that Jesus has accomplished for us everything we need to satisfy God the Father The letter of Colossians is similar to a product recall when something gets contaminated. Paul is saying don’t consume a polluted gospel message! We’ve been qualified (vs 12) delivered (vs 13) forgiven (vs 14) by Christ. The way to be blameless (vs 22) is to trust in what Jesus has done with his body at the cross. Not what we do with ours!
The only way to walk in a manner that is ‘fully pleasing to God’ (vs 10) is to understand and accept with gratitude what he has provided freely for us.
VERSE TO REMEMBER
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and through him to reconcile to himself all things..” Colossians 1:19-20