Kingdom Come: Our Place
Colossians 1:15-20, NIV 2011 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For 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. 17 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 and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and 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.
Remember Jesus’ place in the Kingdom:
No better picture of God.
He created all and keeps it going.
There is no greater authority.
He is the reason we are in the Kingdom.
Colossians 1:21-29, NIV 2011 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But 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—23 if 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.
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
In the Son’s Kingdom, the people run freely.
In the Son’s Kingdom, we live through the fullness of Jesus.
Colossians 2:1-5, NIV 2011 I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
In the Son’s Kingdom, we fix our eyes on Jesus and our thoughts on others.
In the Son’s Kingdom, we fill our minds with the wisdom of God’s mystery.
Romans 15:13, NIV 2011 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Read Colossians 1:15-23. How do these verses help you to better understand Jesus’ role in your life as a follower?
Paul says that we were “alienated from God” before Christ. What does that mean to you and how does it apply to who we are now in Christ’s Kingdom? What does it say about others who are not and our responsibility to them?
Read Colossians 2:1-5. Have you thought much of those people who have contended for you in your faith like Paul did for the Colossians and Laodocians? When was the last time you contended in the faith for someone else? How about someone you had never met? Do you ever pray for other churches in your city to be “encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Consider doing that today!