|This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter one. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy|
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. 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. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 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. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 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. 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 1:17-23(NLT)
In the Colossian church there were several misconceptions about Christ that Paul directly refuted:False teachers argued that God would not have come to earth as a true human being in bodily form. They believed that God did not create the world because He would not have created evil.They said that Christ was not the unique Son of God but rather one of the many intermediaries between God and people They refused to see Christ as the source of salvation, insisting that people could find God only through special and secret knowledge.Paul stated that Christ is the image-the exact likeness of God and is Himself God, and yet He died on the cross as a human beingPaul proclaimed that Jesus Christ, who was also God in the flesh, is Creator of both Heaven and earth.Paul explained that Christ existed before anything else and is the Firstborn of those resurrectedIn contrast, Paul openly proclaimed the way of salvation to be through Christ alone. Paul continued to bring the argument back to Christ. When we share the Good News, we, too, must keep the focus on Christ.