COLOSSIANS – Chapter 1:15-23
1. What book of the Bible are we reading? Colossians
2. Who wrote this book? Paul
3. To whom was it written? Believers in Colossae
4. Why was this book written? Gnostics claimed they had the supernatural knowledge necessary for salvation. Paul wrote to clear up the true identity of Jesus Christ and wrote against the false teachings of the day.
5. Who started the church in Colossae? Epaphras
Colossians 1:15-2315 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
-Who is “He?” - Christ
16 For by him all things were created: things in heave and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
-Who created everything?
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.
Define Supremacy: The state or condition of being superior to all others in authority, power or status.
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 is blood, shed on the cross.
Define Reconcile: Restore friendly relations between
-How are we reconciled to God? Through Christ’ death on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God (separated from him) and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’ physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
-If you are reconciled to God, what do you look like to God?
23 if 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 is telling us to remain faithful to the gospel of Christ’s death reconciling us to God.
Question to Ponder:
1. Have you been reconciled to/gained a good relationship with God?