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11/18 is Colossians 3-4

Finishing up Colossians today.  Paul gives instructions the the church reminding them what they have become.

5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

We are no longer of the earth therefore get ride of these things that are going to bring God’s judgment.  That’s what we used to be like, but not anymore.  Then if that wasn’t enough, Paul gives another list which is just as bad.  He reminds us that we are a new creation, created by God.  Everyone and everything is about Jesus and he is in all.  How many times do we slip back into our old self?  I would imagine that as Christians we probably don’t  do all those things, but how about greed or anger or told any course jokes lately, listened to any?  Told any little lies lately?

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

11/17 is Colossians 1-2

I liked this explanation of the section of scripture from Wikipedia.

“Paul explains that there can be no need to worship anyone or anything but Christ because Christ is supreme over all creation. All things were created through him and for him, and the universe is sustained by him. God had chosen for his complete being to dwell in Christ. The “cosmic powers” revered by the false teachers had been “discarded” and “led captive” at Christ’s death. Christ is the master of all angelic forces and the head of the church. Christ is the only mediator between God and humanity, the unique agent of cosmic reconciliation.”

Below are verses 15-20 from Chapter 1.

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by 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.

Paul then explains our relationship to God and how He corrected the issue of sin and death in our lives.

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, not moved 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.

Paul identifies himself as a servant of the Gospel.  Wouldn’t that be a nice title for each of us to claim?

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment