Stolen Affections (Week 3, 4, and 5): PARENTS

Week 3 Topic: Deep Emotions (Colossians 1:15-20)

Week 4 Topic: Blameless (Colossians 1:21-23)

Week 5 Topic: Choose to Live (Colossians 1:24-2:5)

It’s time to catch ourselves up.  Instead of writing three different recaps I am choosing to sum up the three texts that we’ve walked through in one recap.  The great thing about reading through a book of the Bible together is that each part should flow together smoothly.  This should makes the recap easy.

Here are the videos we’ve watched:

Jeremy Camp, The Way (Sept 28th)

Video: The Afters, Lift Me Up (Oct 12th)

After Paul’s introduction to his readers (the Church in Colossae) based on the common love they both share in Jesus, Paul goes into one of the greatest (in my opinion) sections of Scripture.  In in a matter of 9 verses he is able to lay down “who Jesus is” and also what that means to us (This is the simplicity and depth of the gospel summed up).  It’s the foundation of our faith.  Its a foundation that many of us find cracked because the majority of us our faith is Jesus is based on emotions and not knowledge.  How well have you been able to trust your emotions in the past?  The problem is that we we’re not created as people with just emotions.  God has created us with feeling, identity, and intellect.  The greatest commandment in the Bible points us to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind…with in turn gives us strength.

In Paul’s battle against a false idea of who Jesus is in this church, he sets his readers straight.  This is not an exhaustive list of who Jesus is but it’s the foundation that set’s Jesus apart from all other ideas of “spirituality.”  5 thoughts here that we looked into at Emerge: 1. Jesus is God (v. 15a)  2. Jesus is Supreme (v. 15b) 3. Jesus was at creation (v.16a) 4.  Everything was created with Jesus in mind (even and especially sin) (v 16b)   5. Jesus is God – repeated (v. 19).

Though our emotions are not central in how we operate (it’s only 1/3 of who we are) it’s still an important part of who we are.  After we seeing who Jesus is, we then see why this is extremely important to us.  Colossians 1:21 starts off by saying, “And you…”.  We were able to pull out one important word for the evening.  Blameless (v. 22).  These verses state and important fact about us, we’re sinful and therefore natural enemies of God through out sin.  We are alienated from God, hostile in our minds, and we do evil against him.  This is nothing we have to work hard at, it’s natural for us, sadly and also to our detriment.  BUT (this is one of those life changing “buts”) through who Jesus is; God, supreme, creator, aim in creation, we, as followers of Jesus, are counted blameless.  How?  Verse 20 makes that very clear, we are reconciled to Jesus through His death and resurrection of the cross.

If Jesus was anyone but who He was (as seen in Col 1:15-20)…His death would only be a good act by a good man.  But because He is God, for those who follow Jesus, we are considered Blameless in the sight of God.

Now, what are we going to do with this knowledge?  How has this or how will this change your life?  Paul, in Colossians 1:24-2:5 explains how it has changed his life.  In knowing this about Jesus he has found a lot of suffering, but he is joyous in suffering because He knows this is where real life is found.  Verse 29 says that he, “toils and struggles with all (God) energy that (God) powerfully works within (him).  Do we know this power?  Like Paul, will you choose life?

My overarching question is…how will you suffer when suffering comes?  With our feeble attempts of being strong?  Or with with THE power that makes us stand?  I would hope that every follower of Jesus would look to the power of Jesus for strength.  BUT how?  How do we prepare to suffer well?  In my knowledge there is only one way: KNOW JESUS!  How well do we know Jesus?  How well do we know his Word?  How is our prayer life with Him?

I think we all have room to grow.  Know Jesus well because it will be the greatest relationship you will every have!

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