Colossians #1: Col 1:1-5
Colossians #1: Col 1:1-5
It has been a while since we have studied a book in the Bible together, as we start this New Year, we’re going to explore the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians. Be encouraged to read through the four short chapters in the letter at least once a week to let the Word of God richly dwell within. Colossae was located in modern day Turkey, it was a hub of commerce, on a major trade route, famous for it manufacturing of a dark red wool called colossinum. Colossae was eventually overshadowed by two neighboring citied, Laodicea and Hierapolis. By 400 AD the city was no more. Paul wrote this letter in 60AD while he was a under house arrest in Rome
I, Paul, have been sent on special assignment by Christ as part of God's master plan. Together with my friend Timothy, 2 I greet the Christians and stalwart followers of Christ who live in Colosse. May everything good from God our Father be yours!
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…
Salvation is not earned it is a gift. The gift has been given. To take possession of the gift requires an acknowledgement of the sin in your life. Sin separates, it deters, damages, and even destroys healthy relationships. The result of sin is self-rule. That may sound good, “self-rule,” but it is an autonomy without wisdom, without guidance. “Self-rule” is life by trial and error. Consider the relationships in your life. Everything rises and falls on relationships. Are there relationships that are messed up, estranged, where once two walked together, now they won’t even make eye contact? If so, this is an example of sin. Sin is falling to do for others how you yourself want to be treated. Sin makes us self-centered, we do what we want, when we want, and it doesn’t matter what happens as long as we get what we want. To take possession of God’s gift, you have to see this sin in your life and reject it.
“…if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.”
In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.
God’s master plan does not stop with you acknowledgement and belief. You must make a commitment. You must bend the knee to God will, God’s way, God’s leadership. This commitment involves you surrendering your “self-rule” in exchange for God’s rule. This commitment is life-long as you learn how to live for Jesus who gave His life for you. You are committing yourself to be a disciple of Jesus.
[Jesus said:] "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Acts 2:21 (NIV)
“…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…”
With Paul at this time is his young protégé Timothy. There is a lesson within the lesson, Christians don’t go it alone. Do you have spiritual partner? Is there another believer in your life that you can confide in? One who encourages you in your commitment to follow Jesus? If you do not, ask God to bring such a person in your life. Two are stronger than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Paul needed faithful companions to do all that God empowered him to do. So do you.
We’ve learned to be a participant in God’s master plan we must surrender self-rule. We must bend the knee by acknowledging, believing, committing and asking. One doesn’t earn God’s salvation, God gives salvation to those who ask.