Reverend Stuart Coulton, principal of Sydney Missionary & Bible College, is preaching from Colossians for this year’s Easter Convention. This evening’s talk was preached from Colossians 1:15–23(NIV).
15The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And 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. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and 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. 21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Here’s some notes I took down from the very edifying talk.
Intro: You can find the Easter story anywhere in the New Testament. If you take away the Easter story, you take away the New Testament. Everything in the New Testament must be understood in the light of Easter.
The church in Colossae was facing false teaching that distorted the gospel–gospel PLUS. The church was at risk of spiritual amnesia. Who did the Colossians put their faith in?
The Supremacy of Jesus
Jesus is the firstborn over all creation. He is pre-eminent. All things were created by him and for him. What a remarkable world Jesus created! Everything was made by Jesus for Jesus. How? Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the God who otherwise be invisible. If you would know God, you must know Jesus. There’s no where I can go that Jesus is not supreme. Many are familiar with Jesus. Have I lost the wonder? Familiarity often comes with a lost of wonder. I wonder if it’s true for you?
There’s a switch from 3rd person from v. 21ff. The gospel is personal or it has no power. There must be a personal response to the gospel message. And we must first understand our plight. We were alienated from God and powerless to save ourselves (v 21). But now (v. 22), “he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death”. Only God, only Jesus can save us. The death of Jesus shows how tragic our situation really is. What plight would be so serious as to call for such a sacrifice? What love God has for us to give his precious Son? Do I know that Jesus died for me, even me?
I can’t doubt my forgiveness if I have put my trust in Jesus. I am “holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (v. 22).
I can’t live independently without Jesus. He is Lord of all my life.
This is the gospel which Paul proclaimed of which he became a servant and so must I.
Thank you God that you did not spare your Son to reconcile me to you. Jesus you are supreme and Lord of my life. Take my life for your sake. Amen.