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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Four

IN HIS KINGDOM           Page 5
V.16 (cont'd.)

** Remembering the setting for this letter, why would Paul draw attention to Christ being worthy of worship as the creator God?

With all of the heresies being spread throughout the Lycus Valley; Colossae, Laodicea and Hierapolis needed to be called back to worshipping the One and only God by seeing the Deity of Jesus Christ.

For example:

a. Paganism: Colossians 3:5-11
b. False philosophy: Colossians 2:8
c. Judaistic ceremonialism: Colossians 2:11,16,17,3:11
d. Angel worship: Colossians 1:16, 2:18
e. Asceticism (harsh treatment of the body): Colossians 2:20-23 and Colossians 3:1-4

** What did Jesus create according to this verse?

Everything! All things in the heavens, on earth, both visible and invisible as well as angelic
forces. cf. Ephesians 1:20-22, Colossians 2:15, 1Timothy5:21

V.17 ** Paul again repeats the preeminence of Christ here in verse 17, but this time with a slight twist. Do you see it?

He is not only first in rank, but He existed before anything came into being. cf. Revelation 22:13

** Following that needful reminder, Paul now gives us the fifth characteristic of Christ in this passage, what is it?

5) He is the sustainer of all things. Our life is literally held together in Him! "Hold together" translates sunistemi which means to establish or stand near. cf. John 10:27-29

V.18 ** As we move into verse 18, what is the last characteristic of Christ on Paul's list?

6) He is an administrator - the "head of the body".
It is wonderful to know that we can trust the One who is in charge!

** What does it mean personally to you, that Christ is in charge of His church?

It means we had better be listening. cf. Colossians 3:16

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