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Summary: PAUL'S VISION OF CHRIST

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TODAY, OUR THEOLOGIANS NEED A VISION OF A GREATER CHRISTOLOGY. WHO IS CHRIST? WHO IS THIS PERSON CALLED CHRIST? PAUL HAD A REVOLUTIONARY VISION OF THE PERSON OF CHRIST. HE DESCRIBES THIS HOLY VISION IN COLOSSIANS 1:12-19. CHRIST WAS THE VISION OF THE APOSTLE PAUL. CHRIST AS THE CENTER AND CHRIST AS ALL WAS THE LIFE OF PAUL. PAUL WAS CONSUMED AND POSSESSED BY THIS DIVINE PERSON CALLED CHRIST. MAY THE LORD GRANT US ALL THE SAME VISION! FIRST OF ALL GOD REAVELED TO PAUL CHRIST AS HIS PORTION! CHRIST IS OUR ALL-INCLUSIVE PORTION! HE IS THE GREAT I AM. I AM WHAT? "I AM EVERYTHING!" GOD HAS GIVEN US CHRIST AS OUR INHERITANCE! GOD HAS PLANTED CHRIST IN US AS OUR ALL-INCLUSIVE TREASURE! DO YOU REALIZE WHO IS THE ONE WHO RESIDES WITHIN YOU? HE WHO ALONE IS INFINITE GREATNESS! OH SOLEMN REALITY! SECONDLY, THIS CHRIST IS THE KING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD! THIS IS THE KING OF KINGS! THE KING RESIDES WITHIN US! CHRIST, IS THE BELOVED OF GOD! CHRIST IS THE CENTER OF GOD! CHRIST IS THE FOCUS OF GOD! CHRIST IS THE MAIN POINT OF GOD! CHRIST IS THE ALL OF GOD! THE BELOVED SON! THEN, HE IS OUR REDEEMER! HE PAID THE PRICE TO MAKE US HIS! CHRIST IS THE IMAGE OF GOD: HE IS GOD EXPRESSED, GOD KNOWN. HE IS THE INSIGHT OF GOD, THE VISION OF GOD, THE LIVING REVELATION OF GOD HIMSELF. HE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN AMONG GOD'S CREATION. YOU SEE, JESUS IS DIVINE, YET HIS HUMAN SIDE WAS CREATED. YES, GOD CREATED HIS BODY, BUT THE GOD INSIDE THAT BODY WAS NOT CREATED. NEXT, CHRIT IS GOD THE CREATOR AND DESIGNER OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE IS A PROTOTYPE OF CHRIST. EVERYTHING WAS CREATE in HIM, WHICH MEANS HE DESIGNED ALL! CHRIST IS THE ALMIGHTY CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. HE MADE ALL THINGS OUT OF MATTER THAT IS NOTHING! HE JUST SPOKE! NOW, THAT IS POWER! HE MADE EVERYTHING! HE IS ABOVE CREATION! HE OWNS CREATION! CHRIST IS ALSO THE MEANING OF EXISTENCE. ALL THINGS WERE CREATED FOR HIM, THAT IS FOR HIS PLEASURE, FOR HIS GLORY, FOR HIS HONOR! GOD CREATED ALL THINGS FOR HIS HOLY PLEASURE! TO PLEASE HIMSELF. EVERYTHING WAS CREATE TO EXHIBIT CHRIST AS THE ALL! EVERYTHING WAS CREATED TO REVEAL THE GLORY OF CHRIST! THAT IS THE HIGHEST PURSPOSE OF CREATION IS TO GLORIFY GOD. "AND HE HIMSELF EXISTED BEFORE ALL THINGS" (COLOSSIANS 1:17). HE IS THE ETERNAL ONE. CHRIST IS THE ETERNAL GOD: NO BEGINNING NO END. THIS IS THE INFINITE CHRIST. CHRIST, WHO IS GOD, WAS THERE BEFORE THERE WAS ANYTHING. HE IS THE ETERNAL REALITY. IN HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST. THIS MEANS CHRIST IS THE POWER THAT MANTAINS EVERYTHING EXISTING. HE IS THE MOLECULE X THAT HOLD EVERY ATOM TOGETHER. HIS IMMENANCE FILL THE UNIVERSE AND BEYOND. IF YOU REMOVE CHRIST OUT OF THE UNIVERSE, THE UNIVERSE EVAPORATES. THIS CHRIST IS THE ESSENTIAL BEING. ALL EXIST BECAUSE HE EXISTS. HE IS EVERYWHERE: IN HIM WE MOVE, IN HIM WE LIVE, IN HIM WE HAVE OUR BEING. CHRIST IS THE ONE WHO SUPPORTS ALL THAT EXITS. WILL HE NOT SUPPORT YOU TOO? WILL HE NOT UPHOLD YOU TOO? WILL HE NOT SUSTAIN YOU TOO? HIS MIGHTY ARM UPHOLDS THE UNIVERSE, CAN HE NOT UPHOLD YOU TOO? CHRIST, THE INFINETELY GREAT CHRIST, IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. HE IS THE LEADER OF THE CHURCH. HE IS THE CONTROL OF THE CHURCH. HE IS THE MASTER AND OWNER OF THE CHURCH. CHRIST IS THE ORIGIN OF EXISTENCE, THE RESURRECTED ONE THAT WILL NEVER DIE AGAIN. HE OVERCAME DEATH IN HIMSELF! HE DEFEATED THE GREATEST ENEMY: DEATH! IF CHRIST CAN OVERCOME DEATH, HE CAN OVERCOME ANYTHING! SUCH A CHRIST PAUL SAW! CHRIST IS THE PREEMINENT ONE (VERSE 18) HE ALONE DESERVE WORSHIP SINCE HE ALONE IS THE CREATOR AND HE ALONE IS THE ONLY INFINITE. YOU SEE, IT IS ALL ABOUT CHRIST. THE UNIVERSE IS ALL ABOUT CHRIST BECAUSE CHRIST IS ALL. YOU SEE, CHRIST IS CENTRAL AND SUPREME. THAT HE IS CENTRAL MEANS THAT IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM. THAT HE IS SUPREME MEANS THAT HE IS SUPERIOR TO ALL. PREEMINANCE IS WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT HE IS CENTRAL AND SUPREME ABOVE ALL THINGS. ACCORDING TO VERSE 18 GOD'S HIGHEST PURPOSE IS FOR CHRIST TO OCCUPY FIRST PLACE IN ALL THINGS! GOD'S GOAL IS THAT CHRIST BE ACKNOWLEDGE AS SUPREME IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. "IN ALL THINGS" MEANS IN ALL THINGS! NOW, VERSE 19 IS THE DEEPEST VERSE OF ALL: FOR IT PLEASED ALL THE FULLNESS TO STAY PERMANENTLY IN CHRIST. WHAT FULLNESS? THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD: ALL THAT GOD IS: THE TOTAL BEING OF GOD, THE GREAT I AM! WHAT DOES IT MEANS THAT HE IS I AM? HE IS THE REAL ALL. GOD, WHO IS THE LIVING FULLNESS, DWELLS PERMANENTLY FOREVER IN CHRIST. CHRIST BECAME A MAN BUT HE DID NOT LOOSE HIS DIVINITY. WHEN CHRIST BECAME A MAN, HE DID NOT STOP BEING THE ALL-INCLUSIVE GOD. THIS IS THE CHRIST THAT PAUL SAW. THE QUESTION THAT COMES IS THIS: HAVE WE SEEN THIS CHRIST? WE KNOW ABOUT HIM, WE READ ABOUT HIM, WE HEARD ABOUT HIM, BUT HAVE WE SEEN HIM? WE KNOW ABOUT HIM, BUT DO WE REALLY KNOW HIM? WE NEED TO SEE THE INFINITE WORTH OF THIS INFINITE CHRIST. WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT IT IS ALL ABOUT CHRIST. IT IS ALL ABOUT KNOWING AND ENJOYING THIS ALL-CONTAINING CHRIST. THIS IS THE VISION THAT PAUL SAW AND THAT HE WITH ALL THE PASSION OF HIS BEING WANTED TO COMMUNICATE TO THE WHOLE WORLD. HAVE WE SEEN THIS CHRIST?


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