Chapter One, Lesson Four
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To help us better appreciate those two powerful truths,
let's look at the remaining five verses of our passage.
V.14 ** Paul now continues by describing God's Son from six different
perspectives. What is the first characteristic of Christ found here in
1) He is our redeemer!
** What does it mean to redeem someone or something?
It means to pay for or buy back - apolutrosis lit. "to release
on payment of ransom", this was the common term used when describing
someone paying for a slave's freedom.
cf. John 8:34-36, Ephesians 1:7
** According to verse 14, what did our redemption buy for us?
"...the forgiveness of sins." That amazing reality should
never cease to overwhelm our hearts.
We have been forgiven!
V.15 ** What is the next characteristic of Christ listed for us
in verse 15?
2) "...He is the image of the invisible God..."
** That sounds very important, can someone tell us what it means?
Jesus Christ is God! This is the most significant message of Paul's
letter to the Colossians!
cf. Colossians 2:3, 2:9, Matthew 28:18, John 1:1-4 and 14,
Philippians 2:6, Titus 2:13, 2Peter 1:1
** Still here in verse 15, what is the third characteristic of Christ
listed by Paul?
3) He is "...the first born of all creation."
** Does that mean He was "created" first?
No - He wasn't created! Remember Philippians 2:6
** Then, what does it mean?
Jesus Christ is first in importance, preeminence, highest rank - over
all of creation!
We will continue to see this important characteristic of Christ throughout
V.16 ** What is fourth on our list?
4) He is the Creator! Remember John 1:3 cf. Hebrews 1:2
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