In Colossians 2:10, Paul says, “In Him you have been made complete.” He goes on to show that the death and resurrection of Christ resulted in all our sins being forgiven and in Christ’s complete victory over the powers of darkness. Not serving Christ at all is a sign that you don’t belong to Him. Don’t follow a jailbird; follow us!”. And the church should be the place where those cultural walls of prejudice are torn down as a demonstration of the power of the gospel. How should we respond when we’re serving the Lord and catch criticism? 10:14), “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? Now Paul applies this reconciliation to the Colossians, reminding them of their former alienation from God (Col. 1:21) and of the great price which Christ paid to reconcile us to God (Col. 1:22). Those who take it to others may have to sweat and toil and risk their lives to do it. COLOSSIANS 1:24 AND PHILIPPIANS 3:10-11 Andrew Perriman There are two passages in the corpus of Paul’s letters where he speaks explicitly and personally about his sharing in the sufferings of Christ, viz. Paul says that the riches of the glory of the gospel is, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” I know that you all know that if you have believed in Jesus Christ, He dwells in you and you’re going to heaven. Do we move and work excitedly, enthusiastically? (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Nun chairo en tois pathemasin hu per humon, kai antanaplero ta hu steremata ton thlipseon tou Ch ristou en te sarki mou hu per tou somatos autou, o estin e ekklesia, In the beginning part, Paul has been saying, "we" and "us." Being a good minister may be interesting for seminary students or a group of pastors or missionaries, but what relevance does being a good minister have for those who are not in “full time” ministry? What steps should we take? Colossians 1:24 can be misread (misconstrued) to teach that the Lord Jesus did not suffer enough on Calvary’s cross. Christ was not proclaimed by all in the definite character just expressed, namely, as “ Christ among the Gentiles, the hope of glory;” other teachers preached Him in a Judaistic form, as Saviour of the Jews, amidst legal demands and with theosophic speculation. First Paul was rejoicing for these brethren at Colosse! "Because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete [i.e., fill up] what was lacking in your service to me." In so doing, he shows us how we can serve Christ well in whatever He has given us to do for Him. Adam Clarke on Colossians 1:16-17: “Now, allowing St. Paul to have understood the terms which he used, he must have considered Jesus Christ as being truly and properly God… Unless there be some secret way of understanding the 16 th and 17 th verses, which God has nowhere revealed, taken in their sober and rational sense and meaning they must forever settle this very important point.” Maybe before this message, you didn’t even know you were enrolled in the course. Maybe you’re thinking, “Wow, I’m glad that the Lord hasn’t called me into the ministry!” But as I said, if you know Christ, He has called you into the ministry. 223-238). As Paul put it (Rom. As Paul learned on the Damascus Road, when he persecuted the church, he persecuted Jesus Himself (Acts 9:4). 24:9, 21-22). How wonderful! How did you use your spiritual gifts? 24 And now I am happy about my sufferings for you, for by means of my physical sufferings I am helping to complete what still remains of Christ's sufferings on behalf of his body, the church. Colossians 1:24-28 New International Version (NIV) Paul’s Labor for the Church 24 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. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”. (First delivered Sunday, January 14, 2001; revised and preached June 8, 2008 at Bethany Bible Church. Our brothers and sisters around the world know it very well, as you are aware if you read “Voice of the Martyrs” magazine. But whatever your gifts and calling, you can learn something from Paul’s statement that he “might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God” (literally, “make full the word of God”). Paul calls his message “the mystery.” Probably he was playing upon a term which the false teachers used. Paul was willing and did in fact labor in the gospel, trying with every ounce of energy and ability he had to make known the unfolded mystery to others, even from his prison cell. Man as a rule does not like to me warned, reproved, or scolded. They diminished the person and work of Christ, so Paul has exalted Christ as preeminent over everything that is. I’m not gifted as an evangelist. Colossians 1:24, CSB: "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for his body, that is, the church." Do we look forward to that opportunity and gather promptly, greeting with love all who so gather? To enhance their understanding of what this entails, the author presents what has come to be called a Christ hymn (1:15-20), which most likely had been … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 1:15-28" Would we have spent our time as we spent it if we had been aware of His holy presence in our hearts and thought about being with Him in glory? We need to understand and appreciate that God has dispensed the message of salvation through the apostles and other inspired men, who wrote the New testament, and God's providence has preserved it for us! In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus prophesied that before He returned, there would be a time of unprecedented suffering for His followers (Matt. In our study of Paul’s letter to the Colossians we have already learned a few good and bad things about the church there. But do we really know it? Before his conversion Paul was at the forefront of perpetuating this discrimination. Initially, it sounds like he is diminishing the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. As Paul approached Damascus where he planned to persecute and imprison Christians, a light from heaven flashed around him, he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying (Acts 9:4), “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Saul asked (Acts 9:5), “Who are You, Lord?” The Lord answered (Acts 9:5b-6), “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” Then the Lord told Ananias to go and lay hands on Paul so that he might regain his sight. Trinitarian theology views Colossians 1:15-18 as the creation of the universe by Jesus Christ as the second person of God in the trinity. Practically, how can we gain a deeper sense of Christ’s indwelling presence and of the hope of glory. Colossians 1:25-27 reads as follows: “[25] Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; [26] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from Your ministry is not about fulfilling you, but about exalting the Lord. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. In conclusion, friends, let us appreciate what Paul tells us about this mystery! Paul had not visited Colossae, but had received reports from Epaphras, the … Yet, at times the danger must be recognized, before one can and will enjoy and experience the joys of the benefits available, only if he she takes advantage of the offer! 5:10). Because the church is His body, when any member suffers for His name, Jesus also suffers. (Colossians 1:21-23a) What a marvelous thing to find hope like that in this dark world of ours! So in verse 23, Paul mentions that he was made (or became) a minister of the gospel. If we miss, there'll be torment to pay! Join with me in doing that: embrace it, believe it, turn from you sins and confess the name of Christ and be buried (Rom. They gossip to others, maligning your motives. 11:2). It is full and lacking in nothing except one thing — a personal presentation by Christ himself to the nations of the world and the people of your workplace. Although it has been mentioned by each generation down through the centuries, the GOOD NEWS is that it is now available to each person, and these people, had taken advantage of it! Paul says, "I rejoice in my sufferings." H ere is a Bible study on Colossians chapter one with a summary and discussion questions to follow. These are termed the sufferings of Christ, 1st, Because the suffering of any member is the suffering of the whole, and of the head especially, which supplies strength, spirits, sense, and motion to all. COLOSSIANS 1:24. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. There was a waist-high wall of partition which separated them. What do you do? B. Lightfoot, Saint Paul’s Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon [Zondervan], p. 166). As he writes in Colossians 3:11, “there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.” Christ is in every believer and every believer is in Christ! Paul says that the gospel message, especially that the Gentiles could be full partners along with the Jews, is a mystery; not in the sense that it is known only by a select few, but in the sense that it was formerly unknown, but now God has revealed it. Warning every man -- Caution, sounding the alarm! The false teachers no doubt knew that Paul had trained Epaphras who had brought the gospel to them. God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] After mentioning his work as a minister of the gospel in the previous verse, Paul now includes further detail about his efforts (Colossians 1:24–29). “Church benchwarmer” is not one of the gifts! He told the disciples (John 15:20-21), “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. Paul shows us how we can exalt Christ in trials (Col. 1:24); in our service (Col. 1:25); and in our message (Col. 1:26-27). Remember, you’re in the ministry now! Then do it joyfully in reliance on His Spirit, seeking to glorify the Lord who bought you and rescued you from the domain of darkness. One day soon you will stand before the Lord for judgment of what you have done with what He entrusted to you (Rom. How should a new believer discover where God want him or her to serve? Are we availing ourselves of the riches through the unfolding of that mystery? Every Christian has been given spiritual gifts to use in serving the Master. Unless there be some secret way of understanding the 16 th and 17 th verses, which God has nowhere revealed, taken in their sober and rational sense and meaning they must forever settle this very important point.” I don’t have millions of dollars to give to the Lord’s work. So even “one-talent Christians” should be vitally interested in the question, “How can I be a good minister or servant of Jesus Christ?” How can I serve Christ well? Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Colossians 1:24. It is full and lacking in nothing—except one thing, a personal presentation by Christ himself to the nations of the world and the people of your workplace. They could not go into the inner court where the Jewish men went. Paul isn’t talking here about salvation, but rather about service. It’s a nightmare! Paul was thankful for their reception of the gospel and the fruit that it bore among them including their faith in Jesus and love for the saints (See: Paul’s Thankfulness) . And he made tents to support his ministry. by Shawn Brasseaux “[I Paul] Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church.” Colossians 1:24 can be misread (misconstrued) to teach that the Lord Jesus did not suffer enough on Calvary’s cross. In some small way, you are filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions! But it may be rightly said that they are completing the sufferings of the scientist by taking his discovery to the far corners of the earth. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? Many other verses in Paul’s writings and in the Book of Hebrews could be piled up to show that in terms of salvation, nothing was lacking in Christ’s sufferings. There are two parts to … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 1:15-28" 2:11-12) but "NOW" (Eph. His words give us a hint for how we can apply this short of being imprisoned or beaten or dying for our faith. 1 From Paul, by the will of God an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy 2 to God's holy people in Colossae, our faithful brothers in Christ. What does this entail? Colossians 1:24 and Philippians 3:10-11. Did you exalt Him in your service by doing it in the power of His Spirit as a steward appointed by Him? 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