If you would like a one sentence, short summary of this book it is the
second half of verse 27 of chapter one: It is “Christ in you, the hope
of glory.” Around that profoundly simple statement orbits our
hope, our freedom, our life, our very being. If Christ be not
in us, we are then the most hopeless and helpless of all
people. Our redemption, our forgiveness, our justification
and our eternal life are all dependent upon Christ being in us. Not
metaphorically, but in reality: The living Lord, the King of Kings, the
Head of all things to the Church living in and through us.
This reality is not a religion but instead is a wholly a Holy lifestyle
free from the bonds of religion.
Colossians Part One
Many times Colossians is passed over and given little scrutiny because
of its small size and the similarities to Ephesians. But
there are indispensable truths in this little letter that must be
understood to know the will of God for our lives. There is a distinct
difference in emphasis in Colossians compared to Ephesians. Ephesians
is about the body of Christ where as the letter of Colossians is about
the Head of the body. Christ is the Head and we are IN
Him. I can dream of no better place to find myself!
Colossians Part Two
All the secrets of God are stored in Christ. The word
treasures comes form the Greek word thesaurus. To us a
thesaurus is a book that we use to find synonyms or the many ways to
express the meanings of a word. But the Greek word thesaurus
refers to the place that the treasure is stored. Christ is
the thesaurus of all God’s wisdom and knowledge. He is the
storehouse. He is in us. We are in him.
Did it ever occur to you that we are part of God’s treasure?
Colossians Part Three
Religion is insidious. Those of us who are recovering from
performance based religion are like drunks in a liquor closet. We are
so tempted to try just a little of this and little of that and we soon
find ourselves stone drunk and beguiled. Old
religious acquaintances want to know why we have “left the
church.” Of course we have not left the
church. We are the church: the body of Christ.
Perhaps we should answer their questions with a question of our
own: “When will you learn to be the church and stop playing
Colossians Part Four
To most, Christianity is just one religious philosophy among
many. Of theology there are endless arguments.
Theology is in fact all about argument. The mixing of
philosophies has been common and widespread since the first human
walked the earth. In fact the evolution of human culture has been
formed and guided by the melding of philosophies and
religions. In our supposedly enlightened age of reason the
philosophical quagmire rolls on ever driving the proverbial wedge that
separates man from the idea of God.
Colossians Part Five
We here in America often wonder why the Christian faith is dwindling
but in the third world (like central America, Africa and inland china
to name a few) the gospel is red hot and expanding.
The answer is pretty simple actually. We’ve been convinced
that the stoicheia do not exist and if they do they are somehow
distant. Most of us don’t recognize the rampant
working of the stoicheia in our politics, business, churches, schools
Colossians Part Six
In the past couple of sessions I have briefly introduced the concept of
the stoicheia. Understanding the role of the stoicheia
illuminates the contrast between the evil fleshly reality and the
eternally holy spiritual realm of Christ. The tension between
these two realities form the stage that we the human race play
on. The stage is set and the cameras are rolling.
Unfortunately there are no “cut for commercial” breaks or
rehearsals. The enemy is very real and the fiery darts are
flying. We must learn, grow, encourage and come to
one another’s rescue in the midst of the battle.
Colossians Part Seven
He has given us the victory. We have been endued
with His power to pilot our fleshly vessel through the stormy straits
of evil. God has filled us with the
Spirit of Christ so there is absolute hope. In the
power of Christ in us we can renew our minds, tumbling down every
stronghold the flesh has built. It however does not
happen in an instantaneous flash. All the fear motivations, misinformation, knowledge and emotions that
we gathered as an unbeliever do not just go away when you are reborn
into God’s family. The old man is still slinking along
waiting to take control: And he will take control if you allow him
Colossians Part Eight
To understand the
challenge Paul was addressing in the community of Colossae, the nature
of the pagan religious traditions in play must be understood.
Otherwise we understand in light of our culture and our mindset and
miss the whole point. The pagan practices that the
Colossians were inundated by would be termed as magic by us, but in
that time the practices represented the highest of scientific