The Letter written to the Church at Ephesus, could be titled the “Church of Christ,” but the Letter written to the Church at Colosse, could be labelled the “Christ of the Church.
As Paul writes to this Church, his main emphasis is that Christ is preeminent. He is first in all things; He is the Head of all things. It’s all about Jesus.
Chapters 1 & 2 focus on teaching that Christ is preeminent. Chapters 3 & 4 focus on the practicality of how to live out Christ being first in your life.
1. Jesus is Preeminent in Creation – Colossians 1:15-17
2. Jesus is Preeminent in Salvation – Colossians 1:12-14
3. Jesus is Preeminent in the Church – Colossians 1:18-24
As Paul lays out these truths about Jesus Christ having the preeminence, in Chapter 2 He gives a warning to be careful not to be deceived.
Colossians 2:4 “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.”
What did Paul say? Notice, Colossians 2:2 “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; vs 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
It was Paul’s prayer and desire that the Church “might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” Colossians 1:9
However, this can only be fulfilled in a person’s life when they make Jesus preeminent.
There are many deceivers in the world that try to undermine the truth so they may have the preeminence. This started with Satan, he wanted to be like the Most High. This evil thinking was then passed on to Adam and Eve. The devil lied and cast doubt on God’s Word, and Adam and Eve disobeyed. Diotrephes was also a man that loved the preeminence.
3 John 1:9 “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.”
The “Jehovah’s Witnesses crowd” want the preeminence because they teach that Jesus is second, and that He is not God at all. But Paul said “We preach Christ…”
The “Catholic sect” want the preeminence because they teach that the Pope and their priests can be mediators to God. But Paul said “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5
The “Atheist party” want the preeminence because they desire to get rid of Jesus and God altogether. But David said “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God…” Psalm 14:1
Oprah wants the preeminence because she teaches that Jesus is not the only way. But Jesus said “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
Colossians 2:8-9 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Vs 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
How can we not be deceived, and keep Christ Preeminent in our own life and churches?
Colossians 2:6 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:”
If you have received Jesus as God and Saviour, let Him then be King of your Life; let Him rule every area of your life.
Colossians 3:3-4 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Vs 4 When Christ, who is our life…”
Our lives should reflect what we have believe. Jesus should be our all-in-all. Colossians 3:11b
How can this be done?
Be Rooted & Built up in Jesus – Colossians 2:7 Be Established in the Faith – Colossian 2:7 Seek to have a heavenly vision – Colossians 3:1 Do not set your heart on earthy things – Colossians 3:1 Put off the old man – Flesh – Colossians 3:5-9 Put on the new man – Jesus – Colossians 3:10-16 Give God the Glory in all you do – Colossians 3:17