We have something better than philosophy in Christ because of who he is (v 9), and because of what he has done for us (vv 10-15). What has the Son of God done for us that makes him so worthy of our continued faith?
At the head of a new section, Paul draws together all that he has been saying since 1:24 into a powerful, simple statement. Paul now puts things very simply. This is what he wants for them as an apostle. This is what he is aiming at in his ministry. Here is how to live the Christian life.
In Col 1:27, Paul stated the goal of Christian ministry: that we may present everyone mature in Christ. The word ‘mature’ means complete devotion. Our text today is a summary sketch of what it means to be a mature Christian. I’ve divided his depiction here of complete devotion or maturity into four ideas this morning.
How are we to help other spiritually? The answer to this is a more fundamental question. What is the nature of Christian ministry? In our passage, we see Paul explain his blueprint for Christian ministry.
If you’re a Christian this morning, you should expect to suffer. How will you respond when trials and afflictions turn your world upside down? These questions are why we need to listen to Paul. Paul says, Now I rejoice in my sufferings. How can Paul say that he rejoices in his sufferings?
Faith is the condition that brings us the riches of Christ. Yet it is not any ‘faith’ that saves. The faith that saves is a faith that perseveres. Saving faith is not some opinion or momentary good feeling. It is not here one day, gone the next. Saving faith remains. The key idea is simple: believers must continue in the faith.
The goal of these words are headed into verse 23: if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast. Paul’s goal is in part to strengthen their faith and commitment to Christ. It is also to reaffirm for them that Christ’s work applies to them especially. So this is what I want you to see: We must remain committed to Christ because of what he has done for us.
Paul wants the Colossians to know the glory of Christ amidst false teaching. To prevent them from error, he teaches the believers of the glory of God’s Son. Today, Pastor Martin concludes the study of these verses and show you two remaining aspects of the glory of Christ.
The Christ who is supreme over the universe, is also supreme over the church he is saving out of the universe that was ruined in the Fall. Let us give our attention to this passage and learn afresh of our Lord Jesus and what makes him so glorious.
Christ is the head of the body. The previous verse taught that Christ is supreme over creation. Now we learn that Christ is the head of the church. The headship of Christ is parallel to his eternal preeminence over all creation. Paul is saying something truly great about out Redeemer here. This title, the head of the body, is meant to extol Christ. There is a special relation that Christ has to his redeemed, the people who comprise his church. Paul wants us to understand this, and admire Christ for it. To this end, this morning I want you to see the significance of Paul’s words about Christ.