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Summary: To show that we are created by GOD and for GOD.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you created by GOD for Him?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we are created by GOD and for GOD.

IV. TEXT:

Colossians 1:16 (Amplified Bible)

For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.

Colossians 1:16 (New International Version)

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

V. THESIS:

We are created by GOD and for GOD.

VI. TITLE:

By and for Him

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: Between 60 to 64 A.D.

C. Purpose: To exhort and edify believers

D. To whom written: Church in Colosse, a city of Asia Minor

E. Main themes: Church, as body of CHRIST. CHRIST as Head of the Church. Warnings against trusting worldly wisdom

F. Keywords: CHRIST - the Head of all

Colossians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

G. Key verses:

Colossians 2:9-10 (Amplified Bible)

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. By Him

"For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him"

1. Things in Heaven and on Earth

2. Visible and invisible

3. Thrones or powers

4. Rulers or authorities

John 1:3 (Amplified Bible)

All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.

1 Corinthians 8:6 (Amplified Bible)

Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we [ourselves exist].

Hebrews 1:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

IN MANY separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets,

[But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].

5. lucifer

Ezekiel 28:13-15 (Amplified Bible)

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the carnelian, topaz, jasper, chrysolite, beryl, onyx, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald; and your settings and your sockets and engravings were wrought in gold. On the day that you were created they were prepared.

You were the anointed cherub that covers with overshadowing [wings], and I set you so. You were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire [like the paved work of gleaming sapphire stone upon which the God of Israel walked on Mount Sinai].

You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until iniquity and guilt were found in you.

B. For Him

"and for him"

1. All things are for Him:

a. To praise Him

Psalms 102:18 (Amplified Bible)

Let this be recorded for the generation yet unborn, that a people yet to be created shall praise the Lord.

Psalms 136:13-14 (Amplified Bible)

To Him Who divided the Red Sea into parts, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever;

b. People may see, know, consider and understand

Isaiah 41:20 (Amplified Bible)

That men may see and know and consider and understand together that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

c. To live for Him

Isaiah 42:5-7 (Amplified Bible)

Thus says God the Lord—He Who created the heavens and stretched them forth, He Who spread abroad the earth and that which comes out of it, He Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:

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