Lesson 3: Colossians 1:9-14 Jesus is our endurance & redemption Big Idea: That Jesus is the one and only foundation of an enduring life that is worthy of the Lord.
Part 1 – Our life (Vs. 9-12) Vs. 9 - What is Paul praying for? (Who? What? Why?) 1. He is praying for the Christians in Colosse. a. Although Paul is praying for the Believers in Colosse, as modern day Christians in some way benefit from Paul’s prayer. 2. He prays for the (a) Knowledge of God’s will through (b) the wisdom of the Spirit. a. God’s will? (Rom. 12:2, 1 Peter 2:15-17) Paul is praying that we would continue to learn what God’s will is. Namely that we would become more aware of our own shortcomings and our complete dependence on Jesus. b. Wisdom of the Spirit? (The Holy Spirit, which is one way the Lord speaks to his own) How does the Spirit of God give us wisdom and understanding? Through Reading the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16) Through Prayer Through counsel of Godly people
Vs. 10 – Why are these things Paul is praying for Important. These things are important for Paul to pray that we be rooted in the Gospel because false teachers can easily distract us from the firm convictions we have in the Completed work of Christ (as we will see in Chapter 2). Firm Convictions are needed if we hope to grow in knowledge of God’s will. Why? Because if we don’t really believe that God’s will is true and right, we will easily be persuaded by anything. But if we are rooted in God’s promises, we will be able to discern what is holy and acceptable to God. (Rom. 12:2)
Vs. 11 – “Christian Life is not a Sprint, it’s a Marathon” We should not be on the look out for a “Silver Bullet” which will make the whole Christian life “click” and make things easier. There is no such thing outside of simply having faith in Christ. This is how we often see how our Christian Life will be if we really are serious.
When in reality we will struggle with Sin until we see Jesus.
It’s important to remember when we think of our failures and shortcomings in our Christian life, to remember 2 things.
1) Life is a Marathon, which requires “Patience and Endurance” (vs. 11) Our life is a marathon, like all good marathon runners, it takes patience and endurance. You will feel tired, worn and that the finish line is too far off, but it requires you to push through in the face of pain and weariness by remembering the promise of the Finish Line. Our life will require perseverance and dependence on Christ in the face of pain, hurt and sin. If we think our life will become 100% Holy when we are Christian, we will become severely discouraged, because we will begin to believe the lie that maybe God
2) Remember who Qualified you to run in the First place. (Who paid your entry Fee) (vs. 12) It’s by God’s Grace alone that you are a Christian in the first place. The Life and Death of Christ paid the price in order for you to run the race, so run with Joy that we will one day share in his inheritance. Our Christian life requires running with Thanks, Patience, and Endurance. Remember Hebrews 12:1-3 1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Part 2 – Our Redemption (Vs. 13-14) God through Christ has qualified us, and transferred us into the Kingdom of light, and calls us to run until we see him face to face.
It’s important to note that our Redemption is NOT More money More Friends No Pain
No suffering No Problems A nice easy life until Heaven.
If our redemption were simply any of these things, I don’t think God would call us to run with patience and endurance. Because life would be getting easier and easier, but rather in the absence of all these things, God will be enough to sustain us through all troubles and situations.
What does Vs. 14 say our Redemption is!? Our greatest need is right standing before a Holy and Just God, and redemption is being able to stand before him innocent and free from wrongdoing. And the person who qualified us to stand there without fear before a God who doesn’t let wrongdoing go unpunished was/is Christ, who lived the life we fail to do, and died the death we deserve, in order that we may be called, qualified to run the race of Redemption, which through perseverance, patience, and endurance until the end, we will receive our reward of being with Christ.