Here in Colossians, Paul details the complete fullness of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the second person of the triune God.
Fully God, fully human, present before creation, and co-equal with God the Father and God the Spirit in all ways.
The very fullness of God.
One can’t help but sit back and marvel when we take the time to slow, to pause, and really read what Paul is teaching here.
But it gets even better as that indescribable fullness of the Almighty is offered through a glorious mystery revealed in the gospel straight to our hearts!
Even more delightful still, this fullness overflows into the relationships around us, drawing others closer to God Himself through us!
The God of the universe using human agents to invite the lost into a relationship of peace with Himself!
Don’t take my word for it, read His!
1) It’s Scribe Day 2 for this week! Enjoy pausing to copy down Scripture word for word from Colossians 1:15-29. Don’t forget to lookup a cross reference or two as you come to them (they are the small letters next to certain words in your study Bible or online at www.biblia.com).
2) Choose one of these options to walk into more with Jesus as you boldly live out Christ’s love!
a) Buy someone’s lunch or coffee anonymously.
b) Pick up a shoebox and pack it for a child in another country to receive as a gift and to hear about the gospel!
c) Engage a stranger in conversation, looking for a way to encourage them before you part ways.
d) Prayer walking is a simple way to begin shifting the eyes of your heart to truly see others. Walk around your neighborhood, some city streets, the aisles of your grocery store, or intentionally sit at a local coffee shop and pray, pray, pray. Pray for the people around you, pray for hearts to turn towards Jesus, pray for your own heart to be ready to share the full gospel if given the chance. Don’t worry about seeing results, that’s God’s job!
e) Reach out to someone and ask how you can pray for them specifically
3) Share the exciting, bold ways you shared love today with the rest of the GT Community! Our Facebook community page is always open! Or snap a photo and tag us on Instagram @gracefully_truthful
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15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[g] under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!
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