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Clear Loving Communication

Colossians 1:1-3

Letters are a special form of communication. As they are a potentially permanent record, most people take care that their letters accurately reflect what they want to say and the emotions they want to express without ambiguity; knowing it may be read many times, shared, copied and archived. This letter by Paul to Christians in Colosse was just like that.

Faith That Works

Colossians 1:4-6a

Some people think that faith is a personal fantasy to make the believer feel better. That is not the truth about faith in the Lord Jesus. Trusting in Him is a life-changing adventure which affects every part of who you are.

Living Gospel Growth

Colossians 1:6b-8

All biologists know that growth is one of the properties of living organisms. It usually occurs by cell division and multiplication, so that new cells are formed, the body increases in size and learns how to function effectively. The template for this behaviour is in the DNA which provides all the messages to tell the new cells how to function.

Learning To Grow In The Gospel

Colossians 1:9

The birth of a baby is just the beginning of the process of growth to maturity. The infant has a wonderful new body and mind but does not know how to use or control it. In the same way, new Christians have all the potential of the life of God but are vulnerable until they have learned how to live as a mature adult.

Qualified For Heaven

Colossians 1:10-12

Qualifications are important. Usually they mean that you have studied well, trained hard and are competent to do the job. And some think that we qualify ourselves for heaven by learning what to do, doing it well and proving our suitability for God's presence. But that is not so.

Choose To Give Thanks

Colossians 1:13-14

Wise parents teach their children to say, and mean, three important words: 'please', 'sorry' and 'thank you'.  Yet all of them are against our human nature. We would rather demand our rights than wait for somebody to be pleased to give; we resist admitting our failure; and feel that gratitude makes us indebted to others. In the previous verse, Paul the Apostle encouraged the Colossian church to live maturely, "...

Who Is Jesus?

Colossians 1:15-17

Faith in Christ, is just that: not faith in the church, or leaders or our own ability to follow religious rules - but trusting in the person of Jesus Christ. Of course, nobody can believe in Him unless they know who He is. Therefore it is critically important to know His identity, character, and authority. Today's verses explain all three.

Jesus - Number One

Colossians 1:18

Jesus is Number One!

Jesus - The Fullness Of God

Colossians 1:19-20

For those who think that Jesus was merely a good teacher, these verses will come as a shock. The Son of God contained all the fullness of God. Everything that identifies God was in Jesus Christ. So the great divine characteristics of perfect love, absolute authority and infinite power were and are in Jesus. Jesus was not just a spokesman or representative of God (like a prophet), or an educator of God's ideas (like a teacher), or a demonstrator of good living (like a mentor): all the fullness of God was and is His rightful property.

Jesus - The Reconciler Of Enemies

Colossians 1:21-23

Conversion, from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God, is a huge change: from aliens to citizens; from enemies to allies. Before conversion, everybody is outside of God's kingdom, opposed to it in thinking and actions, and personally rebellious against the sovereignty of God. After conversion, born-again believers are welcomed because they are reconciled to God, and are counted as holy, sinless and blameless. The change is only possible through Christ's personal sacrifice of His physical body - accepting the punishment due to all who have rebelled against God.