COLOSSIANS 2:1-7 – FAMILY UNITED

CHRIST SUPREME (COLOSSIANS) #7

Do you ever had an affinity for anyone you’ve never met? Have you ever sorrowed for someone’s loss, although you never met them? Have you ever rejoiced in someone’s success though you never met them? Have you wanted someone to succeed, though you’ve never met them?

If the answer is “Yes”, then you should be able to connect with the Apostle Paul as he penned these words. Paul had never been to Colossae or a sister church in Laodicea. He heard about them through his protégé, good friend, and fellow slave of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:7

Paul, having not seen the Colossians, was giving thanks for them. Ephesians 1:3-6.

And Paul, who had a heart for all believers, was also concerned for their Spiritual well-being. He heard of the threats of false teachers who were trying to infiltrate the believers and turn them away from the truth.

In the verses before us, Paul tells his concerns to the people he has not met, and desiring God’s best for them, which is that they would be a unified family in Christ.

We are also a family of believers. Our concern for ourselves and all others that we would be a family united in Christ.

LET’S BE KNIT TOGETHER – Colossians 2:1-3

Vs. 1 – Paul had empathy for believers he had not seen, and those he had seen. The word “conflict” means a struggle. We get the word “agony” from this word.

Vs. 2 – Hearts encouraged – strengthened. Knit hat.

Colossians 2:2 (ESV) – that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

Vs. 3 – Everything we need is found in Christ, and we have it. We must learn to take advantage of it.

LET’S STAND TOGETHER – Colossians 2:4-5

Vs. 4 – Paul does not want anyone deceived with arguments that have lots of words and sound reasonable but turn away our thinking on Christ. Such as a “health and wealth” Gospel. Or a Gospel that says “I believe” and goes no further. Or a Gospel that says I have my rights to do and say what I want.

Vs. 5 – And Paul was rejoicing because they were already standing together in good order and in steadfastness, firmness, or stability of their faith in Christ.

LET’S WALK TOGETHER – Colossians 2:6-7

“Billy Graham says in The Annals of America:

No man can be said to be truly converted to Christ who has not bent his will to Christ. He may give intellectual assent to the claims of Christ and may have had emotional religious experiences; however, he is not truly converted until he has surrendered his will to Christ as Lord, Savior and Master.

“Spurgeon comments on this, saying:

It is interesting to notice that the Apostles preached the Lordship of Christ. The word Savior occurs only twice in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 5:31, 13:23). On the other hand it is amazing to notice the title “Lord” is mentioned 92 times; “Lord Jesus” 13 times; and “The Lord Jesus Christ” 6 times in the same book. The Gospel is: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”[1]

LET’S BE KNIT TOGETHER – Colossians 2:1-3

LET’S STAND TOGETHER – Colossians 2:4-5

LET’S WALK TOGETHER – Colossians 2:6-7

 

[1] R. Kent Hughes, Colossians and Philemon: The Supremacy of Christ, Preaching the Word (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1989), 60–61.