The Risen Christa.
The Person of Christb.
The Ministry We Have in Christc.
The Danger of False Teaching About ChristII.
The Risen Lifea.
It Affects Our Personal Conductb.
It Affects Our Life in Communityc.
It Affects Our Speechd.
It Affects Our FriendshipsBefore we dig into the book proper, I want to look at the prayer of the Apostle inchapter 1:9-14:In essence, the Apostle makes two prayer requests:1.
He prays that they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will (v.9-10)2.
He prays that they might be strengthened with all power to endure (v.11-12)He can confidently makes these requests in the light of what God has done through HisSon in the Gospel (v. 13-14).Since this Son is the central character in our salvation, Paul now jumps into the rest of his epistles, unpacking three closely related ideas:I.
The Person of Christ – Colossians 1:15-23II.
The Ministry We Have in Christ – Colossians 1:24-2:7III.
The Danger of False Teaching About Christ – Colossians 2:8-23
The Person of Christ – Colossians 1:15-23:
There are six things about Christ which Paul brings out in Colossians 1:15-23:1.
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God - Colossians 1:15 (cf. Hebrews 1:3; 2Corinthians 4:4)2.
Jesus Christ is the firstborn of all creation – Colossians 1:15. (This is not sayingthat he is the first creation of God, rather that He is the pre-eminent One)3.
Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things – Colossians 1:16 (cf. Hebrews 1:2)4.
Jesus is the Head of all things – especially the Church - Colossians 1:17-185.
All the divine nature is perfectly displayed in Jesus – Colossians 1:19 (cf. Hebrews1:3, Colossians 2:9)