Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Get The Word Picture?

Colossians 1:13-20

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 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. 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 his blood, shed on the cross.

This is one of the most powerful affirmations in the New Testament about who Jesus really is. Powerful words and images abound. Our salvation is framed as rescue (13), redemption (14), and reconciliation (20). Jesus as described as “the image of the invisible God” (15a), “the firstborn over all creation” (15b), the true Creator (16), the One who has “the supremacy (18), and the One in whom God’s fullness dwells.

Last week I did most of the talking, this week’s it’s your turn. So let’s start with a few questions.

When you think about when you became a follower of Jesus, which of the words (rescue, redemption, reconciliation) speaks most powerfully to you? Why?

How does it make you feel to remember that the One who died for you is described the way Paul describes Jesus here? Does it make you feel more or less secure in your salvation?

And on a more intellectual level, what do you think Paul means when he says Jesus reconciled all things to himself, “whether things on earth or things in heaven”?


Yvonne said...

I was saved at a very young age and I don't have any intellectual thoughts about it. All I remember is that I was very happy. As of today, I would never turn back.

The way Paul describes Jesus just puts me in awe. Jesus is everything...and He chose to create me...and He went to hell to be sure I could stay with Him...yes of course I feel more secure in my salvation. I'm glad I chose to accept Him. My finite mind cannot fully grasp Jesus and all His Being, but I know He's everything.

I think by Jesus reconciling all things to Himself is that no matter what you see, you see Jesus. There is no excuse for not knowing Him.

Amanda S. said...

When I read the Bible and I see descriptions of how awesome God is, I really have an overwhelming feeling that is really hard to describe. Here is the Creator (had to go back and capitalize that!), who has absolute power, who is supreme over everything, including death, and yet he still wants a relationship with me. That is mind boggling to me, and yet it is reassuring at the same time...because He is all of these things and says He loves and forgives me, He's not going to change His mind...I don't have to worry...He knows what He's doing!

Dave said...

When ever I think about it, I would have to say redemption is the one that is most powerful to me. To know that of all the things that I have done, Jesus still forgives me, I have a hard time forgiving myself for things in my past.
Makes me feel more secure to know that the image of the invisible God has a place in my heart and life. Just to know that He is with me, and no matter what I have gone through he has endured much more than I could ever imagine. Kinda humbling and really puts spin on the way I view my life.
When Jesus went onto the cross he know what was going to happen, when he went to heaven he know what was going to happen, Jesus made everything right that Adam and Eve messed up. For all things were created for him and by him.