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      • Matthew 25NIV2011

  • Title: God’s Sovereign Son
    Text: Colossians 1:13-18
    Outline:
    God’s Son is the perfect PICTURE of the invisible God (1:15a)
    God’s Son is the sovereign ruler over all CREATION. (1:15b-17)
    God’s Son is the sovereign ruler over the CHURCH. (1:18)
    INTRODUCTION
    Today we’re gonna
    continue our series.
    In Paul’s letter
    To the saints in Colossae.
    Let’s go together
    in our Bibles to
    Colossians 1.
    & we’re gonna read
    verses 15-18.
    Colossians 1:13-18.
    The title
    of today’s teaching is
    God’s Sovereign Son.
    In Colossians 1:13-18.
    The Scriptures say:
    Colossians 1:13–18 (EHV)
    The Father rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
    in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,
    for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
    He is before all things, and all things hold together in him.
    He is also the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in all things he might have the highest rank.
    You may be seated.
    Many blv this passage is
    an ancient
    Christological Hymn
    or spiritual song
    composed by the
    early Church
    to teach truths
    abt the Lord Jesus.
    This is likely
    one of the hymns
    or songs
    Paul has in mind
    in Colossians 3:16
    When he encourages
    the Church to
    Colossians 3:16 (EHV)
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.
    Psalms
    Hymns
    & spiritual songs
    have always been
    an important part
    of the Church.
    Songs are memorable ways
    to pass dwn the faith
    throughout the generations.
    & since this is true:
    What God’s ppl sing—
    the words
    in our hymns:
    & spiritual songs
    are incredibly important.
    We must make sure
    the songs we sing
    contain truthful teaching
    Wise words
    abt the Person
    & work of Christ;
    Abt who we are
    in Christ;
    & abt the true Faith
    that was handed dwn
    by the Apostles
    to the saints
    in the Church.
    & here
    we do well to imitate
    the Church
    in the early centuries.
    They very
    carefully composed hymns
    & spiritual songs
    that taught the truth.
    & especially the truth
    abt God’s Son.
    & as we look closely:
    @ the ancient hymn
    in Colossians 1
    We see it teaches us
    at least three truths
    abt God’s Sovereign Son.
    PRAYER
    Lord thank You
    for giving us Your Word
    to teach us
    abt Your Son
    & who we can become
    in Your Son.
    Help us hear the truth
    & give us grace
    to walk in it.
    In Jesus name.
    Amen.
    [Transition: The 1st truth
    today’s passage teaches us
    abt God’s Son is...]
    God’s Son is the IMAGE of the Invisible God.
    Notice in Colossians 1:15
    Paul says:
    Colossians 1:15 (NIV)
    The Son is the image of the invisible God...
    The Greek word
    for “image” is
    the word εἰκών.
    This is where we get
    the English Word—
    Icon.
    An Icon is
    an image
    a picture
    that shows us something
    abt the reality
    of what it represents.
    So, Paul’s saying:
    The Son of God is
    the perfect image
    the perfect picture
    who shows us some things
    abt the reality
    of the invisible God.
    Jesus is
    the perfect picture
    of God the Father.
    The Father
    whom no one—
    has seen
    or can see—
    is made visible
    in the Son.
    The Son is
    the perfect picture
    of God the Father
    in at least two ways.
    First:
    In His preincarnate state.
    Bfr Jesus
    took on flesh
    He was already
    the perfect picture
    of God’s divine nature.
    As Paul says in Hebrews 1:3:
    Hebrews 1:3 (EHV)
    The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact imprint of the divine nature. He sustains all things by his powerful word.
    God’s Son is
    the exact imprint
    of the divine nature
    of God the Father.
    He has the same
    divine characteristics
    as God the Father.
    Everything the Father is
    in His divine nature
    the Son of God is also.
    & this is why
    in John 14:9
    Jesus says:
    John 14:9 (NIV)
    Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.
    Jesus is not saying:
    “He is the Father”
    as some mistakenly
    read this verse.
    Jesus is not
    the Father.
    The Father
    is the Father.
    & Jesus is His
    Divine Son.
    When Jesus says
    whoever has seen Him
    has seen the Father
    He means
    Whoever sees
    The Son’s Power:
    The Son’s Goodness;
    The Son’s Mercy;
    Love;
    & other divine attributes
    Whoever sees Jesus
    is seeing the perfect picture
    of the divine nature
    of God the Father
    on display
    thru His Divine Son.
    The Son of God
    Shows us
    what God is like.
    The Son is
    The perfect picture
    of God the Father.
    & the picture of God
    became even clearer
    2000 years ago
    when the Son of God
    took on a human form.
    2000 years ago
    God’s divine Son
    united His divine nature
    to our human nature.
    He became flesh
    & dwelt among us.
    & as John says in
    John 1:14 (EHV)
    We have seen his glory, the glory he has as the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
    As Paul says
    in Philippians 2:6-8
    Philippians 2:6–8 (EHV)
    Though he was by nature God, he did not consider equality with God as a prize to be displayed,
    but he emptied himself by taking the nature of a servant. When he was born in human likeness, and his appearance was like that of any other man,
    he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.
    When the Son of God
    took on the nature
    of a servant by
    by becoming human
    He forever united
    the divine nature
    to human nature.
    The Son of God
    is now
    & forever will be
    the God-Man.
    One Person
    w/ two natures.
    There is a divine-human being
    sitting at the right hand
    of God the Father
    in Heaven.
    The living God
    forever has a human face
    in the human body
    of the Son of God.
    So, if we
    want to know
    what God is like
    what God looks like
    the answer is simple:
    He looks exactly
    like Jesus—
    Bcs Jesus is God
    in human form.
    The Son of God
    is the perfect picture
    of the invisible God.
    & as we’ll see
    in a few minutes
    this is God’s goal
    for all of us also.
    Thru our union
    w/ God’s Son
    God wants us
    to become
    the perfect picture
    of God
    by becoming like Jesus.
    [Transition: Let’s look now
    @ the 2nd truth
    today’s passage teaches us
    abt the Son of God.]
    The Son of God is sovereign ruler over CREATION.
    In Colossians 1:15
    Paul says the Son is
    Colossians 1:15 (EHV)
    ...the firstborn over all creation...
    This means:
    The Son of God is
    Bfr the whole creation
    in time.
    & above the whole creation
    in rank.
    As the only begotten Son
    of the Father
    The Son of God
    has always existed.
    So, He is bfr
    all creation.
    As the firstborn
    & only natural Son of the Father
    The Son of God
    has the 1st position
    the highest rank
    abv all creation.
    & in Colossians 1:16
    Paul makes
    the Son of God’s position
    over creation even clearer
    by showing us
    The Son is also
    the source of all creation.
    Paul says:
    Colossians 1:16 (EHV)
    ...for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
    Paul’s purpose here
    Is to remind the Colossians
    The Son of God
    Is in no way inferior
    to the angelic powers
    rulers
    & authorities.
    That was part of
    the Gnostic error
    false teachers had brought
    to Colossae.
    They taught that God’s Son
    Was subordinate
    to other beings—
    Especially the angels—
    which Gnostics worshipped.
    So, Paul says:
    “Listen.
    “The Son of God is
    “Is in no way inferior
    “To anyone or anything.
    “How cld the Creator
    Be inferior to His creation?”
    “The Son of God
    is Superior to...
    “& Sovereign over
    “All things
    “Bcs He created all things.”
    All things in heaven;
    All things in earth;
    The things
    we can see.
    The things
    we cannot see.
    Any thrones;
    Any powers;
    Any dominions;
    Any rulers;
    Any authorities;
    All things were created:
    IN the Son.
    THRU the Son
    & FOR the Son.
    The Son is the source
    of all created things.
    & not only is the Son
    the source
    of all created things;
    The Son is also
    the sustainer
    of all created things.
    Nothing in heaven
    or on earth
    cld continue to exist
    w/o the power of God’s Son.
    If the Lord
    withdrew His power frm us
    for just one second
    we’d be no more
    than dust in the wind.
    Every part of the universe
    is literally held together
    by the power
    of the Son of God.
    As Paul says in Colossians 1:17
    Colossians 1:17 (EHV)
    ...all things hold together in him.
    & in Hebrews 1:3
    Hebrews 1:3 (EHV)
    The Son...sustains all things by his powerful word.
    Every created thing
    in the entire universe;
    Every creature great & small;
    All things in heaven
    & on earth
    are held together
    & sustained
    By the Sovereign Power
    of God’s Son.
    The Son of God
    is Sovereign ruler
    over creation.
    APPLICATION
    Now
    since the Son of God
    is the sovereign ruler
    over creation
    & since all things
    were created
    thru Him
    & for Him
    & since You & I
    are a part of
    His creation;
    Then the Son of God
    must be
    our Sovereign ruler
    & He created us
    to live for Him.
    This means:
    Your purpose
    for living
    My purpose
    for living
    the entire
    creation’s purpose
    for being put together
    held together
    & sustained by Jesus
    is to serve Jesus.
    We were created
    To have
    the Son of God
    Rule our lives.
    & there is
    no greater life
    than a life lived
    under the rule
    of the sovereign
    Son of God.
    It’s here that we
    share in the divine nature
    as we partake
    of the promises
    of Christ
    & become like God.
    & Paul closes
    this ancient hymn
    in Colossians
    By showing us where
    we submit ourselves
    to the Sovereign rule
    of God’s Son.
    [Transition: & that’s
    The 3rd & final truth
    we learn abt the Son of God...]
    The Son of God is sovereign ruler over the CHURCH.
    In Colossians 1:18
    Paul tells us abt
    The position of God’s Son
    in the Church.
    Paul says.
    Colossians 1:18 (EHV)
    He is also the head of the body...
    What body
    is Paul talking abt?
    of what body
    is the Son of God
    the head?
    Paul tells us
    the body is...
    Colossians 1:18 (EHV)
    ...the church.
    The Saints:
    God’s holy ppl.
    Those who are
    united w/ Christ
    in baptism.
    Just as God’s Son is
    The Creator
    Source
    Sustainer
    & Sovereign ruler over creation
    The Son of God is also
    The Creator
    Source
    Sustainer
    & Sovereign ruler over
    His ppl in His body
    the Church.
    It’s in the Church
    That we submit ourselves
    to the rule of God’s Son.
    It’s in the Church
    That we get attached
    to our head
    & become a part of
    The New Creation.
    That’s what Paul has in mind
    in Colossian 1:18
    When he says the Son is
    Colossians 1:18 (EHV)
    ...the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in all things he might have the highest rank.
    The Son of God is:
    The 1st of His kind
    to rise frm the dead.
    He’s the 1st
    of a New Humanity
    That bears the unblemished
    image of God.
    Thru His
    Incarnation
    Life
    Death
    & Resurrection
    The Son of God began
    a new creation.
    & right now
    we become a part of
    that new creation
    by becoming a part of
    Christ’s body
    in the Church
    Where we can be
    recreated
    & reshaped
    in the image of God.
    In Colossians 3:9-10
    Paul talks abt this
    in terms of
    Colossians 3:9–10 (EHV)
    ...put[ting] off the old self with its practices,
    and put[ting] on the new self, which is continually being renewed in knowledge, according to the image of its Creator.
    The greatest need
    of our time
    is for God’s ppl
    to understand the truth
    abt what the Church is
    & why the Church exists.
    The Church is not
    a building.
    The Church is not
    a social club.
    The Church is not
    part of any
    Political party;
    The Church is not
    connected to any
    Man-made movements;
    The Church is not
    exclusive to any
    ethnic group.
    & the Church is not
    tied to any particular
    kingdom or country
    in this world.
    No, the Church
    is so much bigger
    So, much greater
    than any of that.
    The Church is
    the body
    of the Risen Christ.
    It’s a community
    of reborn
    recreated
    human beings.
    Human beings
    Who are becoming
    like God
    as we share in
    The life transforming power
    of the divine nature
    thru our union w/
    the Son of God.
    It’s not saying too much
    To say the Church
    is everything.
    Everything God did in the OT
    was leading
    to the Church.
    Everything Jesus did thru
    His incarnation.......
    His life.............
    His death........
    & His resurrection
    was leading to the Church.
    The Church is everything bcs
    In the Church
    We experience...
    The Presence of God;
    We participate...
    In the body & blood
    of God’s Son.
    & we partake of
    God’s redeeming
    & renovating power.
    In the Church
    We become by grace
    What the Son of God is
    By nature.
    As God’s divine energy
    works in us
    We’re being shaped
    & polished.
    We’re continually
    being renewed
    until we all reflect the image
    of our Creator
    Until we are the perfect picture
    of God’s Son
    just as the Son of God
    Is the perfect picture
    of the Father.
    It’s in the Church
    that we experience
    what Paul says
    in 2 Corinthians 3:18
    2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
    And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
    It doesn’t get any bigger
    Or any better
    than that.
    What can the world
    offer anyone
    that compares
    to that?
    What in the world
    can allow us
    to share in the divine
    & transform us
    into God’s image?
    Nothing.
    & that’s the whole purpose
    of Christ’s coming.
    He came to create
    a new humanity
    in Himself
    to bring us back to God
    So, that thru the Church
    we cld become
    like God
    in true righteousness
    & holiness.
    Everything we need.
    Everything the world needs
    Can be found
    in the Church.
    Bcs in the Church
    we find
    the fulness of Christ.
    Paul lays out
    the immensity
    of this whole thing
    so beautifully
    in Ephesians 1:17-23.
    Paul says
    Ephesians 1:17–19 (EHV)
    I keep praying that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowing Christ fully.
    I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope to which he has called you, just how rich his glorious inheritance among the saints is,
    and just how surpassingly great his power is for us who believe.
    When we know Christ
    God’s surpassingly great power
    is available to us
    who blv.
    & Paul goes on
    in Colossians 1:20-23
    to tell us how great
    this power is
    & where we can find it.
    Paul says:
    Ephesians 1:20–23 (EHV)
    It is as great as the working of his mighty strength, which God worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,
    far above all rule, authority, power, and dominion, and above every name that is given, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
    God also placed all things under his feet and made him head over everything for the church.
    The church is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
    Notice that:
    The Church is not
    some afterthought
    in the mind
    of God.
    Not a plan “B.”
    Not some parentheses
    in the middle
    of God’s plans.
    No!
    The Scriptures
    teach us that
    The Church is
    the center of everything.
    God the Father
    raised Christ
    far above all rule,
    authority, power,
    and dominion,
    and above every name
    that is gvn.
    God the Father
    placed all things
    under Christ’s feet
    & made Christ the head
    over everything
    for a specific reason.
    It was
    for the Church.
    Why?
    Bcs God’s plans
    for humanity
    will be accomplished
    thru the Church.
    God’s plans
    for the entire universe
    will be accomplished
    thru the Church.
    The Church
    is everything.
    It’s in the Church
    that we find
    the fulness of Christ.
    & thru the Church
    Christ is now
    speaking acting
    filling the world
    w/ His presence
    & redeeming humanity.
    In the Church
    The Kingdom of God
    is present on earth.
    & thru the Church
    the Sovereign Son of God
    rules the world
    as individuals
    frm every tribe
    tongue
    & nation
    Submit to His rule
    Submit to Him
    as their Head
    & are transformed
    within the Church.
    Thru the Church
    The Sovereign Son of God
    can & does transform
    countless lives;
    Thru the Church
    The Sovereign Son of God
    Can & does
    change the world
    as the gospel
    of God’s kingdom
    is preached & obeyed;
    & as ppl truly understand
    & experience
    God’s grace.
    But here’s the challenge
    for us who are
    a part of
    the Church:
    We’ve gotta stay
    focused on
    this new kingdom
    we become a part of
    in the Church.
    We’ve gotta stop
    wasting the precious
    little time we have
    on this planet
    involved in
    worrying abt
    & taking sides in
    the kingdoms
    & causes of this world.
    Jesus said
    His kingdom
    is not frm here.
    That means
    our kingdom
    is not frm here.
    Our citizenship
    is in heaven.
    Our kingdom is
    a kingdom
    frm heaven.
    But so many ppl
    still try to attach
    Jesus & His kingdom
    Jesus & His Church
    to their particular
    race
    nation
    political party.
    or social group.
    Ppl speak as if
    God is for
    this earthly nation
    or that earthly nation.
    But those who speak
    like this
    distort the gospel
    & destroy the Church’s pwr
    to truly change
    the world.
    The Church
    has nothing at all
    to do w/
    the kingdoms of this world.
    Those kingdoms are
    under the domain of darkness.
    But as Paul says in
    Colossians 1:13 (EHV)
    The Father rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves...
    When we’re born again
    we’re rescued frm
    the domain of darkness
    & transferred into the Kingdom
    of God’s Son
    in Church.
    The Church
    is a new kingdom.
    & in the Church
    we bcm part of
    A new humanity.
    A new creation.
    A new race;
    A new nation.
    In the Church
    all things become new.
    The old things
    including the kingdoms
    & causes of this world—
    no longer matter.
    Saints
    we’ve gotta get
    our focus
    on the kingdom of God.
    We’ve got
    the only message
    that will truly
    change the world.
    & that message is this:
    Come into the Church
    & be made new
    Be born again
    Thru water
    & the Spirit.
    Come into the Church
    & submit to the rule
    of the Sovereign
    Son of God
    & be recreated.
    Turn frm the kingdom
    of darkness.
    Let go of
    the things of this world
    the things of your past
    that are passing away.
    Come into the Church
    where you will find
    true freedom
    frm every addiction.
    True healing
    frm every sin.
    True peace
    true joy
    & true hope
    in a kingdom
    that lasts forever.
    Come into the Church
    & have the image of God
    Restored in You
    As you’re transformed
    into God’s image
    w/ every-increasing glory.
    That’s a message
    That will save the world.
    That’s a message
    Christ’s body
    Needs to be speaking
    to the world.
    & showing
    to the world
    as we live
    under the rule
    of the Sovereign
    Son of God
    in the Church.
    CONCLUSION
    So as we close
    let’s learn the lessons
    Paul teaches us
    in this passage.
    Let’s remember
    that the Son of God is
    the perfect PICTURE
    of the invisible God.
    The Son of God is
    sovereign ruler
    over all creation.
    & all creation was
    created thru
    Him & for Him.
    So, we shld all submit
    ourselves to
    the Sovereign rule
    of God’s Son.
    & we do that
    in the Church.
    The Son of God
    is the Sovereign ruler
    the Church.
    & the Son of God
    rules the world
    as ppl become
    a part of His body
    in the Church
    & submit to His rule.
    & thru which
    Christ rules our lives
    as we live in His kingdom.
    PRAYER
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