Do we move and work excitedly, enthusiastically? (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Nun chairo en tois pathemasin hu per humon, kai antanaplero ta hu steremata ton thlipseon tou Ch ristou en te sarki mou hu per tou somatos autou, o estin e ekklesia, Rather, the crucified and risen Lord laid His hand on Paul and said, like the old Army posters, “I want you to serve Me!” Paul didn’t join God’s army; he was drafted! It wasn’t Paul’s chosen career path. If we miss, there'll be torment to pay! In Romans 15:18-19, Paul refers to what Christ had accomplished through him in the power of the Spirit and then adds, “so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached [or, ‘fulfilled’] the gospel of Christ.” In 2 Timothy 4:17, he tells how the Lord strengthened him “so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished.”. Mystery Riches of glory: unsearchable riches! Beloved do you and I get excited about the challenges before us? Mystery mightily producing labor. 27 To … A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). But in the meantime, we should rejoice when people insult us and falsely say all kinds of evil against us because of Christ. Some have even dropped out of church and in a few cases, stopped following Christ. But if that is Paul’s meaning, it is still difficult to apply to us American Christians because very few of us know what it means to suffer for the gospel of Christ. Of course they are at a loss to explain what happened to the Holy Spirit and the Father, who are glaringly absent from the creation process in this NT passage. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2015, All Rights Reserved. Colossians 1:24-28 NLT I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. Don’t follow a jailbird; follow us!”. 4:4-7). Paul isn’t talking here about salvation, but rather about service. But he supposes a great scientist or surgeon who has spent his life and ruined his health to find some cure for a disease. The answer is, “It is extremely relevant for every Christian!” If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you are just as much a minister of Christ as I am. (Colossians 1:21-23a) What a marvelous thing to find hope like that in this dark world of ours! When you endure trials joyfully for Christ’s sake and for His church’s sake, you exalt Him. Colossians was likely penned, as were Ephesians, Philippians, and Philemon, during Paul’s first imprisonment at Rome (1:24; 4:18). Colossians 1:24 and Philippians 3:10-11. It was not for the Colossians alone, but he regarded himself as suffering on account of his labors in preaching to the pagan at large. Ἡμεῖς, we) Colossians 1:1 [I and Timothy].— πάντα ἄνθρωπον, every man) This expression, so often used, has the greatest δεινότης (vehemence) and force, and contains the reason why he writes even to them. Wow, what a wonderful unfolding!!!! Colossians 1:28. As Paul put it (Rom. But the man with one hid it and gave it back to the master. Paul’s answer here is: We serve Christ well by exalting Him in every way. Lets notice the channel: 4. 5:10). Many views have been suggested, but I think that two offer the best explanation. Colossians 1:28 - We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. As Paul approached Damascus where he planned to persecute and imprison Christians, a light from heaven flashed around him, he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying (Acts 9:4), “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Saul asked (Acts 9:5), “Who are You, Lord?” The Lord answered (Acts 9:5b-6), “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” Then the Lord told Ananias to go and lay hands on Paul so that he might regain his sight. νῦν χαίρω ἐν τοῖς παθήμασιν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν —“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you.”. How did you manage the money He allowed you to make? Colossians 1:24-29 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I [a]do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking [b]in Christ’s afflictions. He has called you to serve Him with whatever spiritual gifts, time, and resources He has entrusted to you. In so doing, he shows us how we can serve Christ well in whatever He has given us to do for Him. The Lord told them (Rev. First, Jesus taught that His followers must suffer because of their identification with Him. What steps should we take? Yet, at times the danger must be recognized, before one can and will enjoy and experience the joys of the benefits available, only if he she takes advantage of the offer! I can only work through verse 27 in this message. 2d, Because they are for his sake, for the testimony of his truth. Colossians 1:24, CSB: "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for his body, that is, the church." But in addition to praying for and helping those in other countries who are suffering for Christ’s sake, how can we apply this here and now? The clear warning of that parable is that the servant with one talent is in the greatest danger of not using it for the master’s purpose. The false teachers no doubt knew that Paul had trained Epaphras who had brought the gospel to them. Then do it joyfully in reliance on His Spirit, seeking to glorify the Lord who bought you and rescued you from the domain of darkness. Christianity is not primarily rules or religious ideas; it’s a personal relationship with the living, indwelling Christ, who has called us to share His glory. Christ was not proclaimed by all in the definite character just expressed, namely, as “ Christ among the Gentiles, the hope of glory;” other teachers preached Him in a Judaistic form, as Saviour of the Jews, amidst legal demands and with theosophic speculation. In verse 25, Paul talked about “fulfilling the word of God.” Verse 28 elaborates on how he did this: “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” “To present” pictures a father giving away his bride (2 Cor. Rather it is manifested, made known, revealed -- laid out before us! If we really knew that the living Christ was in us this past week and that we will soon be with Him in glory, would things have gone any differently? Would we have grown cold in our devotion to Him and lacked the motivation to read His Word and to pray if we had felt the reality of Christ dwelling in our hearts and had our hope set on the glory ahead? Why/why not? The wall of partition is removed in Christ (Eph. No! John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians. I can’t devote the time to serving the Lord that you do.” True, but the apostle Paul never went to seminary. D 1, E 1, F, G, with the Vulgate, and many of the Latin Fathers, prefix ὅς. The man with two made two more. As Dean Wormer said, “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.”1 To put it another way (call it the Colossians way), “Estranged, hostile, and evil-deed-doing (21) is no way to go through life.” Colossians 1:15-28 is a Christological proclamation, ode, and solution to these existential dangers. As Paul learned on the Damascus Road, when he persecuted the church, he persecuted Jesus Himself (Acts 9:4). Perhaps you’ve never thought about it before, but the question, “How can I be a good minister (servant) of Jesus Christ?” should be on your mind often. To enhance their understanding of what this entails, the author presents what has come to be called a Christ hymn (1:15-20), which most likely had been … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 1:15-28" Every member of the body has a ministry to fulfill. In so doing, he shows us how we can serve Christ well in whatever He has given us to do for Him. Ever since my college days (many decades ago), I’ve had a recurring dream where it’s the end of the semester and I realize that I haven’t been going to a class or doing the assignments and it’s time for the final exam. ( Colossians 1:24 .) Andrew Hébert | October 13, 2017. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. (by implication) to caution or reprove gently: -admonish, warn. He was in prison and he tells the Colossians (1:24), “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake.” Paul rejoiced that his sufferings for Christ would help the new Colossian church to stand firm when they suffered. But God had to reveal the previously unknown truth that the Gentiles would be fellow-heirs with the Jews, one body in Christ with them. I’ve seen pastors leave the ministry because of criticism. Paul shows us how we can exalt Christ in trials (Col. 1:24); in our service (Col. 1:25); and in our message (Col. 1:26-27). 2:14). It is full and lacking in nothing except one thing — a personal presentation by Christ himself to the nations of the world and the people of your workplace. That’s how Paul became a minister of the gospel: he was not a volunteer for Jesus; he was a conscript! Trinitarian theology views Colossians 1:15-18 as the creation of the universe by Jesus Christ as the second person of God in the trinity. They aren’t adding to the scientist’s work. Lets notice the challenge! Colossians 1:28-29 Commentary. Locate the Passage; 1:24-29 has a tail-head link with 1:21-23, wherein the topic of Paul’s ministry mentioned at the tail of vs. 23 is expanded upon at the head of vs. 24ff. I think that is exactly what the words mean in Colossians 1:24 as well. Paul writes to the Colossians, pointing to His mission and source. William Barclay offers a helpful illustration (Flesh and Spirit [Baker], pp. Did you exalt Him in your message by proclaiming that Christ indwells you and will indwell every person who trusts in Him and that He promises glory for every believer? First Paul was rejoicing for these brethren at Colosse! Do we look forward to that opportunity and gather promptly, greeting with love all who so gather? 223-238). Colossians 1:28 whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ; "WHOM WE PROCLAIM"-i.e. Colossians 1:24–29 completes this passage with an … But maybe you’re thinking, “Okay, but I’ve never been to seminary and I’m not a full time Christian worker as you are. By William C. Sexton From Expository Files 5.11; November 1998. How did you use your spiritual gifts? There are two parts to this reading. Colossians 1:24-29. Because the church is His body, when any member suffers for His name, Jesus also suffers. Many other verses in Paul’s writings and in the Book of Hebrews could be piled up to show that in terms of salvation, nothing was lacking in Christ’s sufferings. 24. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church; 24. As John was sharing the message that God gave to him based on Colossians 1:24-29, some of the things I learned last week were brought to the forefront of my mind. And the church should be the place where those cultural walls of prejudice are torn down as a demonstration of the power of the gospel. The way things are going in this country, we may soon get our turn. In Colossians 2:10, Paul says, “In Him you have been made complete.” He goes on to show that the death and resurrection of Christ resulted in all our sins being forgiven and in Christ’s complete victory over the powers of darkness. But He suffered for the redemption of the church; we suffer on other accounts; for we do but slightly taste that cup of afflictions of which Christ first drank deeply. In Colossians 1:24-29, he expands on that topic, showing how he exalted Christ in his ministry. It is full and lacking in nothing—except one thing, a personal presentation by Christ himself to the nations of the world and the people of your workplace. This is also part of what Paul means in Colossians 1:24 when he refers to this suffering taking place “for the sake of the body,” meaning the Body of Christ, the body of believers. 24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the [ a]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the [ b]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. Lets avail ourselves of it. Colossians 1:3-5 “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. 5. The passage we wish to examine is: Col. 1:24 "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. Colossians 1:28-29 KJV Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. Beloved, may we develop and maintain that attitude: be able to REJOICE when we know of others who have obeyed the gospel and are making progress! Colossians 1:24 NAS - "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body (which is the church) in filling up that which is lacking in Christ's afflictions."] It may not be a calling to preach God’s Word, as Paul’s calling was. Lets notice the caution: 7. 5:11-12): “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. First, note that Paul is not only talking about suffering for Christ’s sake, but suffering joyfully. God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. 80-81). So I don’t have an important role in the Lord’s work.”. Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake & in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is (3 SPAI) the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. Colossians 1:25-27 reads as follows: “[25] Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; [26] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from But he saw his ministry as a stewardship given to him by God. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.”. Did Paul take an aptitude test where the results indicated, “You’d be good as a minister”? Colossians 1:25: “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, …” Twice (Col. 1:23, 25) Paul says that he was made or became a minister. Aren't you and I blessed! No one can add to it. Adam Clarke on Colossians 1:16-17: “Now, allowing St. Paul to have understood the terms which he used, he must have considered Jesus Christ as being truly and properly God… Unless there be some secret way of understanding the 16 th and 17 th verses, which God has nowhere revealed, taken in their sober and rational sense and meaning they must forever settle this very important point.” They could not go into the inner court where the Jewish men went. Paul says that the gospel message, especially that the Gentiles could be full partners along with the Jews, is a mystery; not in the sense that it is known only by a select few, but in the sense that it was formerly unknown, but now God has revealed it. But whatever your gifts and calling, you can learn something from Paul’s statement that he “might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God” (literally, “make full the word of God”). Colossians 1:24 "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints." Colossians 1:24: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” This is a difficult verse for two reasons: It’s difficult to explain and it’s difficult to apply. The Old Testament predicted salvation for the Gentiles. So the idea is, however God has gifted you, you will only fulfill your calling if you rely on the power of the Spirit and trust the Lord to accomplish His work through you. Introduction. We can tell others of the great salvation, in Christ. We exalt Him in our service by doing it in the power of His Spirit as His stewards because He appointed us. How should a new believer discover where God want him or her to serve? of its meaning. “Church benchwarmer” is not one of the gifts! When Ananias expressed concerns about doing that for a known terrorist, the Lord replied (Acts 9:15-16), “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”. Then what does Paul mean by this statement? Colossians 1:24-28 New King James Version (NKJV) Sacrificial Service for Christ. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Nun chairo en tois pathemasin hu per humon, kai antanaplero ta hu steremata ton thlipseon tou Ch ristou en te sarki mou hu per tou somatos autou, o estin e ekklesia, I know it, too. Colossians Overview Colossians 1:1-4 Colossians 1:5-10 Colossians 1:11-16 Colossians 1:17-23 Colossians 1:24-29 Colossians 2:1-5 Colossians 2:6-12 Colossians 2:13-17 Colossians 2:18-20 Colossians 2:21-23 Colossians 3:1-4 Colossians 3:5-10 Colossians 3:11-14 Colossians 3:15-17 Colossians 3:17-21 Colossians 3:22-25 Colossians 4:1-5 Colossians 1:27(NASB) Verse Thoughts Many of the fundamentals of Christianity are discovered in the epistles of Paul, for he received certain truths directly from the risen and glorified Lord Jesus Christ - mysteries which had been hidden in ages past. They diminished the person and work of Christ, so Paul has exalted Christ as preeminent over everything that is. Colossians 1:24-28 New International Version (NIV) Paul’s Labor for the Church 24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 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