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A Great Declaration (4 of 14)
The Book of Colossians
1. As we move along in our study, Paul has laid a foundation
in the first 14 verses. He has praised the Colossian saints for their faith, their love for the Lord--their sharing of the gospel with others; then in (vvs.9-14), he exhorts then to move ahead in their learning of Christ--to walk worthy of Him, to be patient in the midst of their trials...and to do it with "joyfulness" (vs.11).
2. Last week's lesson was an encouragement to be thankful.
The Colossians (and we), are to be thankful that that God has made us partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light--we have been saved and placed into the family of God:
a. We are to be thankful that we have been delivered
from darkness and translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son. And finally, we are reminded in (vs.14), that all of this has been made possible by the blood of Christ.
3. In our lesson tonight, Paul gives a "Great Declaration."
He declares Jesus to be the express image of God--God in the flesh. We are reminded in (vs.16), that all things were made by Him--by Jesus (Only God can do that), that He is supreme and preeminent over all things--all "principalities and powers." Finally, in (vs.18), Jesus is declared to the "Head of the Church," He is declared to be the firstborn from the dead, and because of all the above--He is to have the preeminence in all things.
4. Let me give you a brief outline, as we consider the
message, "A Great Declaration."
I. Jesus Is Declared to Be God
II. Jesus Is Declared to Be Over All Things
III. Jesus Is Declared to Be the Firstborn From the Dead
IV. Jesus Is Declared to Have Preeminence In All Things
I. JESUS IS DECLARED TO BE GOD (VS.15)
A. The deity of Christ
1. This verse tells us that Jesus is not simply like
God, but that He is the very fullness of God. God the Father is invisible; therefore, "they t ...
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