Quick recap of what you learned in the introduction to Colossians from yesterday:
Author: Paul & Timothy
Written To: a young church, planted by one of their disciples (Epaphras)
Date: 60-62 A.D.: around the same time as Philemon, Philippians, Ephesians, while Paul was imprisoned (often called the “prison letters”)
Theme: 1/2 Theological, 1/2 Practical
Today, we pick up in chapter two, in which Paul/Timothy express their pastoral hearts and their affection for the Colossian believers. Chapter one deals with a lot of big theological truths (which are affirmed in many verses), but it also deals with some awesome implications of the gospel to those who believe in Christ. It reflects the same idea given in 2 Corinthians 5:17, that new things come because of Jesus, and old things certainly pass away. Here’s what I saw (and what really ministered to me as I studied the passage) that are promised to us when we come into a relationship with Jesus:
• NEW LIFE (2:6, 13-14) — We don’t follow ourselves or our selfish path anymore! We get to follow Jesus just as we received Him: in a life of repentance and faith.
• NEW PRESENCE (2:9-10) — We now have union with Christ! Christ lives in us. We receive the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 6:19) because we have a relationship with Christ. Jesus is Immanuel: God with us (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23).
• NEW POWER (2:7, 12-15) — No more striving on our own strength. We grow strong in the truth because the resurrected Christ gives us His power!
What a rich reading! What did the Lord teach you? Anything in correlation to the current teaching series (The Resurrection Changes Everything)? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor