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Colossians

Date: January 14, 2018

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Colossians

Scripture: Colossians 1:15–1:19, Colossians 2:10–2:15, Colossians 3:5–3:11, Colossians 3:15–3:17, Colossians 1:2, Colossians 4:18

Tags: New, Gospel, Jesus, Grace, God, Peace, Knowledge

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  • Concluding Colossians
  • Themes Revisited
  • Concluding Colossians
  • Foundations
    • Gaining knowledge and wisdom of God (1:9, 2:1-3)
      • (Purpose) To keep them in the truth (1:3-8)
      • (Purpose) To keep them from falsehood (2:4-23)
    • Thus, the purpose of the letter is to provide knowledge, as well as wisdom (to discern between what is true against what is false)
  • Concluding Colossians
  • What is the foundation?
    • The answer is Jesus Christ

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And 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, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

  • (Colossians 1:15-19, ESV)
  • Concluding Colossians
  • What is the foundation?
    • The answer is Jesus Christ
  • What does this mean?
    • He is the foundation for everything in our lives

10 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

(Colossians 2:10-15, ESV)

  • Concluding Colossians
  • What is the foundation?
    • The answer is Jesus Christ
  • What does this mean?
    • He is the foundation for everything in our lives
  • Antinomian?
    • No, once the foundation is laid we can build upon it (Colossians 3-4)
      • How we are not to live…

5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

(Colossians 3:5-11, ESV)

  • Concluding Colossians
  • What is the foundation?
    • The answer is Jesus Christ
  • What does this mean?
    • He is the foundation for everything in our lives
  • Antinomian?
    • No, once the foundation is laid we can build upon it (Colossians 3-4)
      • How we are not to live…
      • How we are to live….

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

(Colossians 3:12-14, ESV)

15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

(Colossians 3:15-17, ESV)

  • Concluding Colossians
  • Even in our relationships with marriage and family
    • Husbands love your wives
    • Wives respect your husbands
    • Children obey your parents
    • Fathers do not provoke your children
    • Bondservants/Slaves serve well as to the Lord
    • Masters treat them well
  • Concluding Colossians
  • Fulfill your ministry faithfully (4:7-17)
    • Knowing we belong to Christ, serve each other in love
  • It all rests on the Gospel of grace
    • It begins, “To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” Colossians 1:2
    • It ends, “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.” Colossians 4:18