Jesus’s identity is crucial
- We can argue all day about theology – Creationism, Spiritual gifts, Angels & Demons, and End times prophecy but Jesus is most the important issue.
- His identity to us decides our eternity
- The book of John is full of the identity of Jesus in relation to God
- Jhn 8:42, Jhn 14:6, Jhn 14:7, Jhn 14:11, Jhn 15:23
- We are all susceptible to error about Jesus just as early Christians were
- Hebrews – some converted Jews drifted in to angel worship
- Colossians – the converted Greeks got Judaized (returned to the Law)
- In Matthew 16:14 people thought Jesus was John, Elijah, Jeremiah, or other prophets
- We cannot barrow from the worlds theology to answer our questions
- Go to the Word for answers first
- A believer who does not know their Word is like a car without breaks they can only accelerate but they cannot avoid danger
- Believers without the Word in them causes terrible problems as seen in the Dark Ages false doctrine + recent Cult movements
Jesus in Colossians (NKJV)
- 1:3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
- God is Jesus’ father spiritually and physically, He came to Mary (Mat 1:18)
- Jesus is the Son of God, this is a divisive term to Islam and Judaism (1Pe 2:8, Rom 9:33)
- His biological father was not Joseph
- 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed [us] into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
- God rescues (delivers) us, we can never do this fully on our own
- Darkness has power and it holds people who are not walking with God
- Believers should go from darkness to light – is this evident in you? In your fruit?
- Jesus owns a kingdom, He is the King of God’s kingdom
- God shows His approval of Jesus through love because of His life
- 1:14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins
- We only have redemption through Jesus’ work, not our own
- Redemption is the forgiving of sins committed, the removal of distance between us and God
- Only because of His blood (His literal death) we have right standing with God
Gal 2:21, Heb 9:14, 22, Rom 3:25 , 1 Joh 4:10 , Mar 10:20
- Without Jesus doing exactly what the Bible says He did and being exactly who He said He was there would be no redemption from our sin
- We only have redemption through Jesus’ work, not our own
- 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
- Jesus’s human life portrayed God’s perfect character
- He is God in physical or human form (John 1:1, 14, Heb 1:3) where as God the father is spirit (1Ti 1:17, Rom 1:20, Heb 1:3, John 1:14,18)
- 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
- Jesus had a part in creation of the natural and supernatural in Genesis 1
- All things were made for Jesus (Heb 1:2)
- 1:17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
- He existed before anything was made, thus He was the firstborn of creation
- He existed before all things and thus is part of God – the trinity (John 1:1, Col 1:15)
- 1:18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
- Jesus is the “president” or the top leader of the church (the global body of Christ)
- Any pastor, apostle, or board must be subject to Jesus because He is the final authority of any physical church or ministry
- He resurrected from the dead unto the throne at God’s right hand as no one has before Him
- Thus He has supremacy over all creation and especially all believers
- 1:19 For it pleased [the Father that] in Him all the fullness should dwell,
- When God’s will is accomplished it pleases Him, we can bring pleasure to the creator of the universe through obedience
- In Jesus is the fullness of life, spirituality and satisfaction,
all other sources are disappointing counterfeits
- Jesus is the power of God and as a human obeyed God’s role for Him
- 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
- It was God’s will that Jesus be the reconciler of all men
- In reconciliation Jesus draws men back to God whereas they were estranged from God by their state of sinfulness
Rom 5:11, 2 Cor 5:18,19
- God’s wrath against us was satisfied by Jesus’s sacrificial offering and thus we are at peace with God if we have His blood on our “door posts”
- 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
- Wicked works or sin pushes us away from God and ultimately our sinful natures kept us from God until now (Jesus)
- Our minds and works are connected either unto good or bad things
- We in our state of sin were at war with God but because of our propitiation through Christ we are at peace
Rom 3:25, Rom 5:10, Heb 2:17, Jam 4:4
- 1:22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—
- Jesus physically and medically died, His natural body failed
- We are presented Holy and blameless before God on account of Jesus’ work if we believe
- If we are in Christ God’s wrath is not stored up for us 2 Cor 5:17
- 1:26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
- The Law could never provide the redemption that Jesus could.
- The Law of previous generations all pointed to Him (the offerings, sacrifices, feasts etc.)
- The New Covenant we live in is better than the old
Heb 7:22, 8:6, 12:24
- 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
- Even to the gentiles God has revealed this great and long awaited thing that is Christ which was prophesied in Isa 11:10, 42:1,6, 60:3 and other places
- “Christ in us” should be the goal of every Christian that people can identify Jesus in us
- The saved have a hope of glory, or heaven (Rom 5:2) our promise that keeps us going in hard times, the unbelievers however do not have a hope for after death
- 1:28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
- Jesus is the central, all consuming, underlying, and over shadowing theme or influence of all that is preached, thus they preach Him
- Preaching, teaching, warning and wisdom are all siblings of the same cause – the Gospel
- In love we can correct and warn people of a danger they are not aware of, it is not unloving to tell someone that they are going to hell without Jesus, it is out of love that we warn them
- Those we lead to the Lord will be remembered and accounted unto us 1 Pet 5:2-4
- 1:29 To this [end] I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
- Ministry is comparable to labor, it’s hard, takes time, and pays off in the end
- Our drive to save the lost should be driven by Christs love for all, not by numbers or status
- Jesus can work mightily inside of you to correct those hidden things in you that are wrong, remove those disabling fears and destroy those sinful desires