Monday, July 12, 2010
Colossians Week 3 - New Address - New Kingdom
How many times have you moved? I hate moving. The packing, unpacking, sorting through all the junk, the lifting. For weeks you feel disorganized, the new surroundings seem strange and it takes a while before you feel like you are home.
Colossians 1:11-14 speaks about something wonderful God has done through Jesus in that He has provided a new, permanent, eternal address for the people of God. God through Jesus has provided a new Kingdom for believers to live in.
Colossians 1:11 Paul prays for strength, endurance, and joy.
Colossians 1:12 Paul says we should give thanks to our Father.
Colossians 1:13 States that our Father has moved us.
Colossians 1:14 States that this move was made possible through Jesus.
One of the best ways to understand what God has done for us in these verses is to begin at the end…sort of a Colossians rewind. This is important because if you begin with what God has done for us through Jesus, vs 14, then your natural reaction should be to give thanks and living in this reality should give you some measure of strength, endurance, and joy. To begin with strength, endurance, and joy could lead some to try and muster these themselves which is a works based religion and not the gospel.
Colossians 1:13-14 states two things:
1. He has delivered/transferred us
2. We have redemption/forgiveness
Let’s look at both of these.
1. Redemption and forgiveness of sins – Ephesians 1:7.
Scripture says that we have redemption and forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus. At the cross something scandalous happened, something unheard of happened. The only son dog God was brutally executed and as Jesus hung on the cross He literally became our sin. This means that Jesus, who knew no sin, became all of our sins, as they were placed upon Him. At the cross God the Father poured out all the wrath, judgment, condemnation, and anger upon Jesus that was meant for you and I.
God the Father, through Jesus, used the very blood of Jesus to purchase us (redeem us) from this dark, sin filled world and pulled us out of our sins to Himself. At the cross Jesus paid for sin, and not only did He take on our sin but God placed the righteousness of Jesus upon us and in this act we were purchased. Jesus purchased us and God delivered us – Colossians 1:13.
2. God has delivered/transferred us.
God transferred us to the Kingdom of the Son. This is a one time move for all eternity. People apart from Jesus are spiritual nomads wandering from philosophy to philosophy, religion to religion, belief to unbelief.
This is one of Satan’s primary means of attacking us. He tries to confuse us, to convince us that it is you and I who do the moving so sometimes we live in great flux as we move from great confidence to great doubt.
The book of Hebrews talks about those in Christ who enter into His rest. God has transferred us from this age to His kingdom and our address resides not at 3232 Alcoa, Hwy, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, or your neighborhood but in the Kingdom of the Son.
Colossians 1:12 Because of Jesus we are qualified for a share on a great inheritance ad as a result our hearts overflow with thanksgiving to our Father.
Colossians 1:11 It is through this good news that we have any strength – strength for today, endurance – endurance for a lifetime of loving God, and patience and joy.
Do you live in the light of where your eternal address is?