-Paul’s primary concern in the first chapter is to let them know of his love for them and to share the preeminence of Christ Jesus in full detail. “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).” He is the firstborn of all creation, before all things, the beginning, the Creator of all visible and invisible, holding all things together as head of the church (Colossians 1:15-18). In Him all the fullness of God dwells and He is reconciling all things to Himself for His glory making peace by the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:19-22). He is the One who can present us holy and blameless and above reproach before the Father if we continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel (Colossians 1:22b-23). Paul had shared this message faithfully as a good steward with much suffering in toil and struggle according to the energy that powerfully worked through him by the Spirit. He had shared the mystery hidden from ages past that is now revealed. That mystery is Christ IN us, the hope of glory unto a mature man with all wisdom (Colossians 1:24-29). *Application* The supremacy of Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior must be at the heart of everything we do. It is truly all about Him. He is the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father except by Him (John 14:6). Exalt the Lord in your life in every way and give Him glory because of who He is and what He has done to give us an opportunity to live IN Him now and for all eternity. Praise be unto Jesus Christ our King! He is the Name above all names and the fullness of God incarnated on our behalf!
Verses to Memorize- Colossians 1:13-14, 27