Colossians #2 Col 1:5-14 (MSG)
Colossians #2 Col 1:5-14 (MSG)
--The Message, that’s the proclamation of God’s master plan. The Message is that you can establish a right relation with God. The Message is not religious guesses but God’s assurances. The Message is not just for a certain group of people, it is universal, no one is excluded. The Message is changing lives for the better, removing the selfishness and cruelty out of culture so that people can have peace with God, peace within themselves and peace with others. The Message is that participation in God’s master plan is an invitation given to all freely, a grace gift from God.
1 Peter 3:18 & Romans
Christ suffered for
our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring
you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life
in the Spirit. “Everyone who calls on
the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Is it wise or foolish to ask God to accept your faith in His Master Plan?
If you have not
called, asking God to accept your faith in His Master Plan, right now is a good
time to do so.
This is how the Message is passed from one person to the next, word of mouth. The Message is to be passed on to others. Passing the Message on is exactly what Epaphras did. History suspects that Epaphras came to faith under Paul’s leadership while in Ephesus and stuck around to be mentored by Paul. When opportunity came, Epaphras traveled back to his home town of Colossae (~200 mi) with the Message. His efforts were fruitful, changing lives, and planting a church. Epaphras obviously traveled from Colossae to Rome, about a 1300 mile trip, to keep Paul updated and I am sure to be encouraged by his mentor himself. Do you realize that you have a Message that can totally change a person’s life? There is power in the Message, but it is powerless if you don’t tell someone what God has done for them.
Epaphras’ report motivated Paul to pray for the congregation.
Be assured that
from the first day we heard of you, we haven't stopped praying for you, asking
God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a
thorough understanding of the ways in which God works.
Let me pray over you the same prayer Paul prayed for the church family in Colossae.
10 We pray that you'll live well for the Master,
making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and
more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you'll
have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of
gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that
endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes
us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has
Let’s contemplate this request for God’s blessings upon our lives.
There is a task for each one of us, we are to “work hard in His orchard” (1 Corinthians 12:7, 1 Peter 4:10). As sons and daughters of righteousness we are to work hard at creating righteousness for all. We do so by proclaiming the Message. His orchard, is this life, this life belongs to Him, your life belongs to Him (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Our task, and it is hard work, is to live righteously, rightly related to God and be a light for others to do the same (Ephesians 5:8). We accomplish this by sharing the Message.
You are living well for the Master, as you learn and do Kingdom work. The Message is backed up by your deeds. The foundation of all kingdom work is love (Matthew 22:36-40). Love is an action, this kind of love is observable in the things you do, the things that you say, the hands that help and the words of encouragement (1 Corinthians `13:4-8). The way God works is loving to all (Psalm 145:8). We learn to do the work God has given us as we do it lovingly to all.
No one's ever seen
or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—What
God has arranged for those who love him. But you've seen and heard it because
God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
God rescued us from
dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He's set us up in the kingdom of the Son he
loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the
sins we were doomed to keep repeating.
We have learned that the Message, the gospel, is the door, the path, the way to God’s sweet heart deal master plan. The gospel message has power to rescue from the dead end alleys and the dark dungeons of life.
We have learned that the best way to proclaim the message is through loving actions in support of the words we speak.
We have learned that God strengthens us to do the work. As we partner with God we have glory strength, which empowers us to look beyond the immediate, see through the fog of spiritual war, to the bright and beautiful God has for all who stick it out.