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Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

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Being In Tune With Each Other

Theme: What’s going on? Christocentric

Christ is Lord over all of creation, including the invisible realm. He has secured redemption for his people, enabling them to participate with him in his death, resurrection, and fullness.

Paul was in a Roman prison when he wrote to the church in Colossae. False teachers were coaching the Colossians to worship angels and follow special rules and ceremonies. Paul corrected this thinking through his letter, stressing that faith in Christ is sufficient for salvation and that nothing needs to be added to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Paul was in a Roman prison when he wrote to the church in Colossae. False teachers were coaching the Colossians to worship angels and follow special rules and ceremonies. Paul corrected this thinking through his letter, stressing that faith in Christ is sufficient for salvation and that nothing needs to be added to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Col.
Characters In This Narrative:
Main Character: JESUS
Role-
a. The right hand of God
Colossians 3:1 NIV
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1 NIV
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
b. The risen one
We inherit all of the Kingdom when Christ was risen, to be one with him!
Colossians 3:3 NIV
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:
Colossians 3:3 NIV
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
c. Christ, Christos in Greek and Messiah in Hebrew
Colossians 3:1–4 NIV
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-
Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, “Christ,” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 431.
“Jesus’ office and function were foreshadowed by the three groups of OT anointed officials: prophets, priests, and kings.”
2. The church at Colossae-
Jesus’ office and function were foreshadowed by the three groups of OT anointed officials: prophets, priests, and kings.
Walter A. Elwell and Barry J. Beitzel, “Christ,” Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1988), 431
Colossians 3:1–4 NIV
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:4 NIV
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:1-
2. Church of Colossae-
As body of Christ, do we set our minds on things above or on earthly things?
As body of Christ, do we set our minds on things above or on earthly things?
Tell your neighbor, Christ is my life!
Church YOU are God’s chosen ones
2. The church at Colossae-
Role-
a.
Paul the apostle
Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 301.a.
a. Put on
Colossians 3:12–14 NIV
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
b.. Harmony in the Church (3:15)
a. Harmony in the Church (3:15)
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, b. Harmony in the Church (3:15)
3:15 The second command called the church to harmony. The peace of Christ was to rule in the believers’ hearts.
3:15 The second command called the church to harmony. The peace of Christ was to rule in the believers’ hearts.
Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 301.R
Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 301.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 NIV
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), .
b. cannot reach this harmony without understanding
b. Unity in the Church (3:17)
Colossians 3:17 NIV
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
“Giving thanks” points to an essential accompaniment of acting in the name of the Lord Jesus—viz., that in everything we do we are to retain a sense of God’s goodness and are to be careful to thank him.
3. Paul the apostle
Curtis Vaughan, “Colossians,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians through Philemon, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1981), 217.3. Paul the apostle
This church had faith and love for all God’s people, because of that they are bearing fruit and growing. As the gospel message spreads larger and stronger, giving glory to God in Christ becomes very essential!
Paul
What areas of ministry are we not giving our all in the name of the Lord Jesus?
3. Apostle Paul
Role-

Significantly, Paul urged the Colossians to let the peace “of Christ” rule in their midst. Perhaps recalling the words of Jesus (John 14:27), Paul extended the meaning to its social dimensions. Normally when Paul discussed peace, he prayed for peace in the believers’ experience. Most of the time, the prayer for peace occurred in the Pauline salutations. All the letters contain it. In all but two of the salutations, Paul stated that peace came jointly from God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Four other times he spoke of peace coming from God without a reference to Christ.38 This is the only place that Paul spoke of the granting of peace as an activity of Christ alone. The usage clearly reveals that Paul conceived of God the Father and Jesus as having the same level of authority. It reveals his high estimation of Christ, who does what God does. Even though he is not present physically on this earth, faith in him continues to be the answer to a troubled disposition as it was when he was on earth (John 14:1). Though Paul did not begin this epistle by stating that Jesus gives peace, this is the only time it occurs apart from identifying God with it.

a. His role was to encourage the church
Colossians 1:25–27 NIV
I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 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.
Colossians 1:24–27 NIV
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. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 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.
Colossians 1:24–26 NIV
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. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.
Colossians 1:25-2
Colossians 3:4 NIV
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
b. His responsibility is to bring the gospel to the Gentiles
Colossians 1:27 NIV
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.
Colossians 1:
So who made up the Colossians church?
b. Gives instructions
From the epistle, we read that both Jews and Gentiles lived there and became part of the church.
Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 163.
Who founded the church?
Clearly, Paul did not found it since he said as much in 2:1; however, Paul addressed the church as though it were his responsibility. He considered it in some sense a Pauline community, taking liberty to address problems within it as though he had the authority to do so.
Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 163.
Epaphras met Paul in Ephesus, became a student and able minister, and took the word to his own people. This reckoning dates the founding of the church at about a.d. 53–55, some seven to ten years before Paul wrote the epistle.
Comparison within the bible:
Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 164.Comparison within the bible:
Why did Paul write?
Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 164.
Application:
False teachers threatened to undermine what Epaphras had taught. More disconcertingly, the implications of their teaching threatened to remove the church from its strong Christian foundation
Is the peace of Christ present in the congregation at this point? and Is this consistent with, and will it promote knowledge of, the word of Christ?
Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 304.
Comparison within the bible:
1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Christian living is about the glorification of God
Colossians
Colossians 1:28 NIV
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
Another words when Jesus is proclaim, we sharping one another with the word, and the closer we all become in tune with one another
John 14:27 NIV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
The peace Jesus gives us honestly is what helps us to be thankful. I find it in my life i’m the most thankful when everything is in peace. Even when in transitions, Jesus gives me peace which I don’t understand but certainly thank him for it.
“And be thankful” (kai eucharistoi ginesthe) is added not as an afterthought but because gratitude is intimately associated with peace. The meaning probably is that we are to be grateful for the peace Christ bestows on us (which is the main idea of the verse). Thankfulness for this peace becomes an incentive for preserving it. It may be that the injunction should be taken in its broadest sense: Be thankful—both to God and to men. Such gratitude surely promotes peace and harmony within a fellowship. The verb ginesthe (“be”) may be rendered “become,” the implication being that it is a habit (present tense) that must be acquired. Knox: “Learn, too, to be grateful.”
Ephesians 5:19 NIV
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
Curtis Vaughan, “Colossians,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians through Philemon, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1981), 215–216.
My Story:
Application:
Music:
As most of you know my grandpa died on Monday. I want to say thank you for everyone that has been praying for me and my family. Honestly it’s your prayer that’s given me peace even though i’m going through the grieving process. I feel that in this peace i’m able to reflect and be thankful for all the great memories I’ve experience with my grandpa!
This peace is helping me to stay strong , it’s rough because even though he was 94 years old i’m sure he could have maybe been alive to 100. He was a loving and giving person and I love him very much!
Application:
Is the peace of Christ present in our congregation at this point? and Is this consistent with, and will it promote knowledge of, the word of Christ?
Two instructions from the Apostle Paul:
1. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (3:16)
Thus we are to submit to the demands of the Christian message and let it become so deeply implanted within us as to control all our thinking.
How much time is spent in the word by yourself?
How much time is spent in the word with others?
Curtis Vaughan, “Colossians,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Ephesians through Philemon, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, vol. 11 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1981), 216.
2. Give thanks to the Father through Christ
Includes humility
Discernment
Complete surrender
Everything has been fulfilled because of Christ Jesus
4. Acknowledgement on the peace given by Christ Jesus
Another words we show our gratitude everyday by worship, so let’s go ahead and do that!
4. Acknowledgement on the peace given by Christ Jesus
The baptism of Christ, God the father sending the holy spirit in a form of a dove.
The authority
3. “Admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Sprit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (3:16)
Another words we show our gratitude everyday by worship, so let’s go ahead and do that!
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