HE IS RISEN
Colossians 1:18 || Now that He is Risen, what should we do? This is answered by asking: What is the Church? What is it for?
Dig Deeper: Matthew 16:13-20, 28:16-20, Luke 24:45-47, Acts 1:8, 8:1-4, Romans 1:1-6, 16:20, Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:13-3:12, 4:11-16
ALL HIS FULLNESS
Colossians 1:19 || Higher language could not be used for anyone. This is Jesus. There is one God (one “what”) but three Persons within His identity (three “who’s”, that is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). However, this passage is guiding us to see that all of the language of the Old Testament about God is fulfilled in Jesus and through Jesus. Words like “temple” and “house” and “land” and “glory” and “presence” and “power” are all defined ultimately in Jesus!
Dig Deeper: 2 Samuel 7:12-16, Isaiah 61:1-7, Zechariah 12:10, Colossians 2:16-17
THE RESCUE PLAN
Colossians 1:20 || Remember that RECONCILE includes mending relationships and PEACE includes restoring what was broken.
Dig Deeper: Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 53, Jeremiah 22:3 is fulfilled in 23:5-6
2 Corinthians 3:6 || The Old Covenant was designed to point us to Jesus. But without Him, it devolves into behavior modification, which ultimately KILLS. Now we are partners with Him in the NEW COVENANT which, through the Spirit, makes ALIVE.
Dig Deeper: Hebrews chapters 8-10
2 Corinthians 3:14-17 || Jesus is the lens by which we view the Old Testament, by which we view everything. This is what it means to be NEW PARTNERS: Jesus makes us new. Jesus gives us our purpose in this world. Jesus gives us power by His Spirit. Through all of this He is building His Church, an all-new humanity, a NEW PEOPLE.