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GLORIOUS RICHES

June 2, 2024

BACKGROUND READING: Colossians 1:1 - 2:23

SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:24 - 2:3

KEY VERSES: “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).

INTRODUCTION: If you received a letter from a man you had never met, a man who was a prisoner, accused of being a troublemaker, how would you respond?

The Colossian believers faced that exact problem. They knew that the Apostle Paul had been instrumental in leading their pastor, Epaphras, to saving faith in Jesus Christ. They also knew that Epaphras had gone to Rome to consult with Paul and had not yet returned. The church members had received Paul’s letter, brought to them by Tychicus and Onesimus. But the false teachers in Colossae had been discrediting Paul and causing doubts in the people’s minds. “Why listen to a man who is a political prisoner?” they asked. “Can we trust him?”

Paul no doubt realized that this would be the situation, so he paused in the first part of this letter to give some words of explanation. He had been so wrapped up in exalting Jesus Christ that he had not shown any interest in writing about himself! In this section, the Apostle Paul explained this to believers in Colossians 1:24 - 2:3. It applies to us too.

 

I. SERVE THE LORD (Colossians 1:24-27).

Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:24-27).

A. "...the church whereof I am made a minister..."

1. minister = servant

2. Paul said, I was made a servant of the church.

3. It was God who placed him in this position of servitude to the church.

4. Read: Romans 12:1-5.

a. It is God who calls us to serve

Romans 12:1-5, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

b. All of us are to serve, but our service is not the same.

c. The prerequisite to service is consecration of our entire being to Christ.

5. Read: Ephesians 4:11-16

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and frow, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love”.

a. The purpose in God calling apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers is to "perfect" or mature the saints (Christians).

b. When the believers begin to mature they will do the work of the ministry (service).

c. Which will edify (build up) the body of Christ (church).

d. This is a continuing process of maturing.

e. Every part of the body is necessary to the whole.

f. Our service must continue until the Lord calls us home - there is no other stopping place!

B. Our call to serve carries with it a tremendous responsibility.

1. In I Cor. 12:1 - Paul warns us not to be ignorant!

"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant."

2. We have all received at least one spiritual gift (Romans 12:7,11,18).

a. As we said before it may not be the same as someone else in the church.

b. Everyone cannot teach or preach but we all have been made servants of Christ.

3. Peter tells us to serve as "good stewards" (see 1 Peter 4:10.

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

a. A steward is one who has been entrusted with the possessions of another.

b. God has given us a spiritual gift, which He expects us to use for His glory. cf. Luke 19:13

"And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come."

c. The key to being a good steward is faithfulness to God (see 1 Cor. 4:2).

"Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."

d. Along with the responsibility of stewardship comes the account- ability (see Luke 12:48

"But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more."

II. SERVE WITH A GOAL (Colossians 1:28-29).

Paul is speaking about Jesus Christ: “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily (Colossians 1:28-29).

A. To honor the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. As Christians, everything we do (or do not do in some cases) reflect upon our Saviour Jesus Christ.

2. The goal of our service ought to be to honor and glorify Him rather than ourselves.

3. Christ is honored through the work of the Holy Spirit. (Notice John 16:14) "He shall glorify me..."

4. Christ is honored through the fulfilling of the Word of God. (Colossians 1:25).

Whereof I am made a minister [or “servant], according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God” (Colossians 1:25).

5. All spiritual gifts are ministries of the Word - not just preaching, and Christ is exalted through the proper exercise of that gift.

B. Bring other Christians to maturity. (Colossians 1:28)

1. "...we preach that we may present perfect..." (Colossians 1:28).

Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28).

2. Paul speaks about the corporate growth of all believers through their mutual ministry of love (see Ephesians 4:16)

"From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love" (Ephesians 4:16).

3. Remember the example of Eparhras in Colossians 4:12 - his goal in service was to see them reach maturity.

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God” (Colossians 4:12).

III. THE COST OF SERVING (Colossians 2:1-3).

For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:1-3).

INSIGHT: In the Bible, a “mystery” is something that is not revealed in the Old Testament, but it is now revealed in the New Testament..

A. It involves suffering (Colossians 1:24).

1. We have already dealt extensively with the relationship of suffering and maturity in previous studies.

2. Here Paul simply reminds us that often our suffering serves a Divine purpose.

3. While writing this epistle Paul was a prisoner in Rome (see Ephesians 3:1).

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles…” (Ephesians 3:1).

4. He could rejoice in his sufferings for the church.

5. Someone wrote, "There are no gains without pains."

B. It requires exertion (see Colossians 1:29).

Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.(Colossians 1:29).

1. We must work to serve God; it doesn’t come easy.

2. Paul speaks of laboring and striving in his service.

3. Christ never said it would be anything but hard work.

"Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest" (Matthew 9:37-38).

4. We need to work together in our service (see Philippians 1:27).

"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel" (Philippians 1:27).

C. It offers great rewards.

1. Nothing gives such rewards and blessings as exercising gifts for ministry.

2. All of the rewards may not be realized in this life, but in the life that is to come they will be.

3. Matthew 5:12, "Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven..."

4. See Colossians 3:23-24.

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: FOR YOU SERVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

BIG WORLD, BIGGER GOD

By Bill Crowder

“For by [Jesus] all things were created” (Colossians 1:16).

As we drove through northern Michigan, [my wife] Marlene exclaimed, “It’s unbelievable how big the world is!” She made her comment as we passed a sign marking the 45th parallel—the point halfway between the equator and the North Pole. We talked about how small we are and how vast our world is. Yet, compared to the size of the universe, our tiny planet is only a speck of dust.

If our world is great, and the universe is vastly greater, how big is the One who powerfully created it? The Bible tells us, “For by [Jesus] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Col. 1:16).

In our times of struggle, He powerfully offers us His peace.

This is good news because this same Jesus who created the universe is the One who has come to rescue us from our sin for every day and forever. The night before He died, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

When facing the large and small challenges of life, we call on the One who made the universe, died and rose again, and won victory over this world’s brokenness. In our times of struggle, He powerfully offers us His peace.

Lord, I’m grateful that You are greater than my mind could ever comprehend. Help me to trust You today.

God’s grace is immeasurable, His mercy inexhaustible, His peace inexpressible.

By Bill Crowder, Our Daily Bread devotional, December 16.

INSIGHT: In Colossians Paul combats false teaching that seems to have included both Jewish asceticism (severe self-discipline) and the idea that the material world is bad and we are saved by avoiding it (see Colossians 2:16–23)—ideas similar to what would later be known as Gnosticism. Paul argued that the teachers of such “idle notions” (Colossians 2:18), despite appearing wise (verse 23), were missing the point entirely. By focusing on their own ideas and rules (verses 18, 22), they were missing Christ—the One through whom everything holds together (verse 19).

CONCLUSION: What do we learn when we study Colossians 1:24 - 2:3?

First, we learn that  hope is within us (Colossians 1:24–29). Heaven is more than a destination; it is a motivation because Christ lives within. It is a living hope (1 Peter 1:3) that affects how we think and act all day long. Because Christ is within us, we need not fear what is ahead.

Second, we learn that comfort is given to us (Colossians 2:1-3). You must never allow anyone to come between you and Christ. In Him is all wisdom and knowledge (verse 3) and all the fullness of God (verse 9), and you are complete in Him (verse 10). Don't accept a substitute!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “The Lord God is our powerful Helper!”

 

REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the Moody Bible Commentary, J. Vernon McGee’s Thru the Bible Commentary: (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, Dr. Tony Evans (https://tonyevans.org/), KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Dr. Robert Jeffress’ Pathway to Victory (https://ptv.org/), Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, Radio Bible Class Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations and other references.

 

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