Christ is the Head

“Christ is also the Head of the church, which is His Body” writes Paul in his letter to the believers in Colossae.  “He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.” Colossians 1:18 NLT.

Jesus Christ, the Beloved Son, so pleased His Father with His obedience, humility, and His sacrifice that God has raised Him, not only out of death, but also to the highest place in Heaven or in earth. He is the first, supreme over all; there is no name higher than the Name of Jesus.

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Christ the Creator

“For through Him (Christ) God created everything in the heavenly realms and on the earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see– such as thrones and kingdoms, rulers and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before everything else, and He holds all creation together.” Colossians 1:16,17 NLT

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Showing Us the Father

“Christ,” Paul writes in his letter to the church in Colossae, “is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created, and is supreme over all creation. (Or, He is the firstborn of all creation.)” Colossians 1:15 NLT.

“The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us,” says John, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 KJV

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Rescued, Purchased, and Forgiven

Paul continues his letter to the church at Colossae, describing what God the Father and His Son have accomplished for us.

“For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness, and transferred us into the Kingdom of His Dear Son, Who purchased our freedom with His blood, and forgave our sins.” Colossians 1:13,14 NLT.

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Endurance, Patience, and Joy

In his letter to the Colossian believers, Paul continues his prayer for them.

“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His Glorious Power, so that you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people who live in the light.” Colossians 1:11,12 NLT.

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Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding

“We ask God,” Paul writes to the believers in Colossae, “to give you complete knowledge of His Will, and to give you Spiritual wisdom and understanding. 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.” Colossians 1:9,10 NLT.

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The Truth About Grace

As Philip Yancey points out, Paul never gets beyond the second sentence in his epistles without wishing the Grace of God upon those to whom he is writing. And, in the opening sentences of his letter to the Colossian believers, Paul has this to say; “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 1:6 NLT.

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