Thanksgiving or Christmas?
November 27, 2022 Speaker: Max Bolin
Topic: Thanksgiving or Christmas? Passage: Colossians 1:1–23
Colossians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,2 To the saints and faithful brothers[a] in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.[b] He is a faithful minister of Christ on your[c]behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
So what did they hear?
They heard Paul affirm them in their faith.
They heard Paul give thanks for them
They heard Paul pray for them
They heard Paul point them to Christ
They heard the Gospel.
- They have put their faith in Christ Jesus
- They show love for all the saints
- Their faith and love spring from the Hope stored up for them in Heaven
- They have heard the Word of truth, the Gospel that came to them
- That Gospel is producing fruit among them and all over the world.
- They have heard the Gospel and have understood God’s grace in all its truth.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;12 giving thanks[d] to the Father, who has qualified you[e] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- To fill them with knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
- His purpose in praying is so that
- they may live a life worthy of the Lord and
- may please him in every way:
- bear fruit in every good work,
- grow in the knowledge of God,
- That they would be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might
- so that you may have great endurance and patience,
- and can joyfully give thanks to the Father,
- The Father has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
- The Father has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and
- The Father has brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
- In the Son we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
- Christ reveals the Father
- Christ is preeminent in Creation
- Christ is preeminent in the Church
- Christ is preeminent in Resurrection
- Christ is Preeminent In Redemption
- Christ is Preeminent In Everything
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[g] under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.