Summary: An expository sermon on Colossians 2:6-15 concerning Christian fullness in the triumphant Christ.
Scripture: Colossians 2:6-15
The church at Colossae was started by Epaphras, who was a fellow Colossian and a preacher in Laodicea, Hierapolis and Colossae. The letter reveals that the Colossian believers had a great faith in Jesus and love for their fellow believers.
But despite their love and faith, the Colossians had a great need to grow in the knowledge about Christ. They didn’t understand that God’s complete message was already fully disclosed in Christ.
Apparently there were false teachers who had come to them with a message of additional requirements. They were being deceived by humanistic philosophical arguments that claimed that one needed to have more than just faith in Christ. These additional requirements included: circumcision, rules on food, Jewish special days, false humility, and the worship of angels. These appear to stem from Judaizers (likely former Pharisees; The Pharisees accepted and stringently observed the Law and “traditions of the elders”; mostly centered on laws of ritual purity, table-fellowship, Sabbath traditions, circumcision, and food laws. They believed in the after-life, resurrection of the body, the rewards and punishments of a last judgment, miracles, the coming Messiah and angels).
Having received this troubling news from Epaphras, Paul makes the perfect instrument to address the Colossian Christians. His thorough knowledge of Pharisaical Judaism, Gentile lifestyles in the Greco-Roman world, and strong apostolic faith in the Supremacy of Christ makes Paul singularly qualified to write to them. That Paul is writing from prison (for his witness to Christ) only makes his personal address to the Colossians on the behalf of Christ more compelling. He is not simply providing them instructions, but is living his faith and being persecuted for it.
II. Christ Jesus is Lord (Colossians 2:6-7)
A. Just as you received Jesus as Lord (2:6)
Do you remember when you received Jesus as Lord? What was your life like before you did? What is your life like now? I pray that there is a radical transformation, because that is what Jesus brings to our lives. Do you remember how free from sin and guilt you felt? Do you have that same passion, zeal, and love for the Lord as when you began?
Illustration: I was 15 years old when I went to a summer Christian camp in Hubbardsville, NY for three weeks in 1984. I was privileged to see so many Christians and the Christian life being displayed in those weeks that I knew I was missing something. I was missing the relationship with Jesus that they had. Their faith and love in Jesus compelled me to read the entire NT in less than a week to find out more about Him and what I needed to do. Two counselors helped me along the way, providing loving guidance.
I found out that I needed to make Jesus my Lord and dethrone myself. This was not my parents faith, but my own, authored by Jesus. It was 9:00 at night when I crucified that old man of sin with Jesus, confessed Jesus as Lord, and was immersed for the forgiveness of my sins in the Camp Hunt pool. My heart was changed forever. I will never be the same since He became my Lord and His love and gospel saved me.