Seeing Christ in Colossians 1

What did you get out of our study of Colossians chapter 1? I hope you got a clearer picture of our great redeeming God. I hope you were encouraged by the reminder that “Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God . . . He is before all things . . . the head . . . the beginning . . . in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”

I hope, like Julie shared, you experienced peace while you read this chapter. I hope that, like Margie, you were reminded of the preeminence of Christ, and that you were encouraged, like Pauline said, to “persevere in my walk with the Lord.”

I keep meditating on the phrase “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” What a precious gift we have in our relationship with Christ—the “hope of glory.” He is our only reason for hope. Our only context for hope comes from the fact that He is our redeemer and He is preeminent over all things visible and invisible.

Security and peace are ours because of His position and power!

How grateful I am that God has “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son!”

Did you have any specific questions about the chapter that I might be able to help you with?

Were there any verses that you had to grapple with or struggled to understand?

Tomorrow, I’ll have some questions for you from Colossians chapter 2, but in preparation for that, I hope you’ll spend some time reading and soaking in that chapter today. Think about how it relates to what you’ve learned in chapter 1 and ask God to teach you what He desires for you to learn in this chapter!

I look forward to reading your comments ~


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  • Pauline Butler

    Kim, do folks who believe that a person can lose his salvation ever use Col. 1:23 to defend that claim? I see that verse as Paul’s way of stressing the importance of truly receiving the gospel with one’s whole heart, so that we can be the recipients of the actions stated in v.21-22. Appreciate your thoughts.

    Thank you for leading us through this study. It truly is causing me to stand more and more in awe of my heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ.

    I will be away for the rest of the week assisting my parents. I’ll be reading chp. 2 and will catch up with you next week. Blessings~~

  • Julie Musil

    Kim, God is doing such a work in me, but boy, do I have a long way to go. When negative things happen, my instinct is to go to a dark place of bitterness, envy, and resentment. And yet… and yet…He is there for me, guiding me to the light. I’m thankful for you and this in-depth study. I’ll dig in to chapter 2 tonight.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Pauline ~

    Good question. It may be that some who believe it is possible to lose salvation would refer to this verse, but the actual rendering from the original language and grammar wouldn’t support that. When we read the word “if” we think of it in terms of a possibility of varying options, but the word here (and the indicative mood of the verb translated “you continue”) should be understood as meaning “if” in the sense that “it is expected” that you will continue . . .

    Does that make sense? I hope so 🙂

    I hope your parent’s aren’t ill. We’ll miss you, but hope you can be soaking in Colossians while you’re away.

    Blessings, friend ~

  • Vivian Etherington

    Kim, are you familiar with the website I have used that a lot in my study for prep to teach quite a bit. It has commentaries, devotionals, word studies, etc.
    Chapter one is SO rich! I could spend a month in it! I need to memorize this book!
    One question: are the invisible things referred to in vs16 spiritual beings in heaven?

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Viv ~

    No, I’ve not been to that website, but thanks for the info, will check it out!

    Yes, I believe it is making reference to supernatural beings who exist (not necessarily residing in heaven) and I tend to think it is referring to Jesus’ supremacy over every aspect of creation including “fallen” angels. It is evident that the Colossian believers were dealing with false teaching that attempted to meld together Christianity with pagan belief systems which (at that time) included an unbiblical approach to angels–even promoting the worship of astral beings to be combined with their Christian practice.

    Thus the reminder that “all things were created” by Him and for Him . . . ALL things, including spiritual beings and authorities–ALL are under His authority. (Thankfully!!)

    For what it’s worth, that’s my thoughts on Col. 1:16 🙂