Where Do You Stand? | Colossians 1:15-23
Colossians 1:15-23 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 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. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-- if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Jesus. It all hinges on him. Living in the “dominion of darkness” or living in the “kingdom of light.” Alienation or Reconciliation. Innocent or condemned. Walking with God or walking away from him. It all hinges on Jesus.
The Colossians were playing with theological fire. Legalism was strangling grace. Asceticism was confusing obedience. Gnosticism was muddying the clear message of the cross. The worship of angels was competing with the worship of God. And there were those teaching that Jesus was simply a man. Paul will confront each issue through his letter. But he begins with this powerful treatise on Jesus. Why? Because it all hinges on him.
So where do you stand with Jesus?